After being blasted by conservative and liberal journalists alike for publishing their “fake news” Trump dossier, Buzzfeed, has come up with an excuse.
The liberal clickbait kings that turned stupid celebrity quizzes and listicles into big business are claiming covering Trump requires “new rules.”
Buzzfeed editor in chief Ben Smith urged the media to adopt “new rules” to cover the Trump administration in an op-ed Monday defending the outlet’s widely criticized decision to publish rumors about the president.
Rather than double down on the rules of traditional journalism that worked so well when people got their news from only a few outlets, Smith said journalists should embrace the “chaos” of the new media world. Buzzfeed’s decision to publish the document detailing unverified claims about Trump’s ties with Russia makes sense in this new environment, he argued.
“There is an instinct, easy to understand, to turn away from this chaos,” Smith wrote in The New York Times. “Some legacy media organizations have reacted to the new challenges by retreating to traditional reporting procedures of ostentatious, and sometimes false, balance and voice-of-God authority. Their theory is that the media can confront power by engaging in a theater of traditional journalism and proving their purity and incorruptibility — in short, hew to the same rules that got them steamrolled in 2016.”
Without going into detail about which “rules” exactly need to go, and what the new rules should be, he continued: “Their retreat is dangerous. Instead, we need to develop new rules that adhere to the core values of honesty and respect for our audience. That means debunking falsehoods, and being transparent with readers about our process of reporting. Sometimes, it means publishing unverified information in a transparent way that informs our users of its provenance, its impact and why we trust it or distrust it.”
Translation – Buzzfeed is saying “It’s ok to publish fake news to attack Trump.” PATHETIC.
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