Buzzfeed article raises questions about site’s credibility

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Three weeks ago, Buzzfeed News posted an article with insider claims from Robert S. Mueller that President Donald Trump had told his former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, to lie to Congress. Others within the journalism industry were calling this article the “smoking gun” which could project the impeachment of President Trump.

The problem with this article is that the following day, a spokesperson for Mueller unexpectedly issued a public denial, which put the reliability of Buzzfeed’s retelling into question and, ultimately, the entire credibility of the site. The timing of this mishap is at a point where the public’s trust in the media is already deteriorating. It is not looking good for Buzzfeed overall.

If Buzzfeed’s allegations were true, MSNBC was referring to this as a “Nixonian moment”

The article claimed that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about building a Trump development in Moscow, and two federal law enforcement officials were quoted.

The Friday following the release of Buzzfeed’s interesting and incriminating news, not one spokesperson gave a full denial.

 “This is absolutely ludicrous that we are giving any type of credence or credibility to a ‘news outlet’ like BuzzFeed. They are responsible completely and totally for the release of a discredited, disproven, false dossier,” said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley after tough questioning from Fox News.

It also became apparent that other news outlets knew little to none about this subject, which made people more suspicious. Every channel that aired the story made sure to mention they were uncertain of its accuracy.

At the end of the day, it was a report that no one could completely confirm or deny, and it’s up to the people to decide if they believe in the media and if they still believe Buzzfeed to be a reliable source.