November 17, 2021

Mainstream media fails to address bogus info used in Trump-Russia coverage

After the primary source of the Trump-Russia dossier was charged with lying to the FBI, mainstream news outlets have largely failed to address 2017 coverage that utilized the bogus intel.

Sara Fischer, the media columnist for Axios, called it “one of the most egregious journalistic errors in modern history, and the media’s response to its own mistakes has so far been tepid.” Axios never published the dossier or reports based on its contents.

“Outsized coverage of the unvetted document drove a media frenzy at the start of Donald Trump’s presidency that helped drive a narrative of collusion between former President Trump and Russia,” Fischer wrote.

WaPo corrects and removes large portions of two articles

Following British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s arrest, The Washington Post corrected and removed large portions of two articles. For his part, Post media critic Erik Wemple has written extensively on the handling of the dossier by the outlet and other publications.

BuzzFeed doubles down

In 2017, BuzzFeed News published the document in its entirety, and the outlet says it has no plans to remove it. The dossier is still accessible on their website, with a note reading, “The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.”

“My view on the logic of publishing hasn’t changed,” Ben Smith, editor-of-chief of BuzzFeed at the time and current media columnist for The New York Times, told Axios.

The outlet previously defended its decision, successfully arguing in a 2018 lawsuit that because the FBI opened an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, the dossier itself was newsworthy, whether the intel was authentic or not.

“That brand of asymmetry helps explain why many people mistrust CNN.”

CNN, MSNBC, and others fail to act

Axios asked CNN and MSNBC if they planned to address the coverage on the dossier, but neither outlet responded.

Last week, Wemple sharply rebuked CNN for failing to retract its claim that the Steele dossier is “corroborated.” Wemple noted that network hosts including Wolf Blitzer and Don Lemon repeatedly claimed on-air that CNN had verified or corroborated substantial portions of the document.

“That brand of asymmetry helps explain why many people mistrust CNN,” he wrote.

Wemple asked Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn if he planned to make corrections. “My priority has been to deal with the much larger topic of Russia’s undisputed attack and Trump’s undisputed collaboration with Moscow’s cover-up,” Corn said.

The Wall Street Journal said they’re aware of the serious questions raised by the allegations” and assured Axios that it will “continue to report and to follow the investigation closely.”


The media’s epic fail

6 comments on Mainstream media fails to address bogus info used in Trump-Russia coverage

  1. Brenda J Whitney says:

    Shut down every single one of te media who ate dishonest. They have costs this country countless innocent lives, horrendous violence, abuse. Depression, acute illnesses, and deception affecting every facet of our lives. The leaders of these fake news media MUST face the nation publicly and tell the truth .. then get rid of CNN and all of them!! STILL they refuse to tell the truth even under the direction of President Trump!! This is treason. OMG just arrest them and rid our country of this evil of the worst kind!

    1. Frank 629 says:

      very well said Brenda.

  2. Mary-Jo says:

    They wouldn’t have anythung to keep harassing Trump with if they shut down Bogus Info! That is what has kept them going all these yeaes!! EVEN NOW with him out of office!! The best President we havehad since Reagan, but he is too honest & cares too much about this country AND it’s Citizens!! They Can’t allow omething like that !!

  3. Old Fur Trapper says:

    The C t News Network will always remain a lying extremist left wing media! They earned that title when they promoted their lies about Killary C nton! She controlled them. She owned them, still to this day! Don’t ever expect any other POS left wing media to acknowledge their deliberate lies and actions were wrong and apologize! Only when Hell freezes over and they are faced with life imprisonment will they refute their actions.

  4. Joseph Techiera says:

    The fake Media and the FBI should be held accountable for all the lies they told and still tell today, but Biden’s DOJ will not do anything. They just want to keep the Liberal communist Socialist agenda. They’ll keep telling there lies until a new President is elected and can fire the people in the FBI and DOJ. If anything help Judicial Watch for going after these crooks.

  5. DanC says:

    The minions of the deep state are to brain washed to see the truth, beware of Harvard alumni…..

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