BuzzFeed, a media site notoriously known for celebrity gossip and trendy issues ran an article yesterday that shocked the nation. The problem is, the article was based on pure speculation and had zero facts to it. The article entitled President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project. This work of fiction was brought to life by Jason Leipold and Anthony Cormier two reporters from BuzzFeed was trending on the social media website for the entire day.
In this article the claim was made that, "President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter."
BuzzFeed was so confident in their reporting they made the claim, “We have seen documents. We have been briefed on documents. We are very confident in our reporting," BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold, who co-wrote bombshell new report, says."
This work of fiction was so salacious, that democratic law makers were reposting and retweeting the article calling for impeachment of the President. Ted Lieu House Representative in California even had to make a statement on his twitter account.
Included in his twitter feed along with his distaste for the president was a series of tweets making references to high crimes and misdemeanors.
This salacious and fake new story was debunked at 7:30 the same day it aired as being by non other than the spokesman from the special counsel. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,”
Despite BuzzFeed standing behind their reporting, it is not without serious scandal as it was the same media outlet that released the Steele dossier without any verification.
Have the American people been duped by False News? Have congressional leaders been duped by fake and salacious articles that are published before being fact checked?
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