Politics CNN says its reports on Trump intel documents different from BuzzFeed's

22:51  11 january  2017
22:51  11 january  2017 Source:   Reuters

Media organizations cite desire for transparency as reason for publishing Trump-Russia dossier

  Media organizations cite desire for transparency as reason for publishing Trump-Russia dossier BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief said via Twitter Tuesday night that his news organization was seeking transparency when it opted to publish a dossier of allegations by Russian operatives who say they have obtained information that could be damaging to President-elect Trump and former White House contender Hillary Clinton. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith said in a note to staff and shared via Twitter that the organization opted to share the intelligence report on information Russia's allegations so that readers could make up their own minds. The dossier that was presented to President Obama and to Trump last week was obtained by reporter Ken Bensinger. Reports by BuzzFeed, CNN and other news organizations indicate that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about the Republican president-elect, as well as information damaging to former Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton. "Our presumption is to be transparent in our journalism and to share what we have with our readers," Smith wrote. "We have always erred on the side of publishing. In this case, the document was in wide circulation at the highest levels of American government and media." He noted that there is "serious reason" to doubt the allegations. The allegations in the documents were first referenced by Mother Jones last week.

CNN , the news division of Time Warner Inc (TWX.N), said on Wednesday that its decision to publish "carefully sourced reporting " on unverified intelligence documents concerning Donald Trump is "vastly different than BuzzFeed ' s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos." CNN 's statement came after President-elect Trump called the news outlet "fake news " and refused to take a CNN reporter's questions at a news conference.

CNN , the news division of Time Warner Inc, said on Wednesday that its decision to publish "carefully sourced reporting " on unverified intelligence documents concerning Donald Trump is "vastly different than BuzzFeed ' s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos." CNN 's statement came after President-elect Trump called the news outlet "fake news " and refused to take a CNN reporter's questions at a news conference.

CNN, the news division of Time Warner Inc , said on Wednesday its decision to publish "carefully sourced reporting" on unverified intelligence documents concerning President-elect Donald Trump is "vastly different than BuzzFeed's decision to publish unsubstantiated memos."

CNN's statement came after Trump called the news outlet "fake news" and refused to take a CNN reporter's questions at his first formal news conference since his Nov. 8 electoral win.

BuzzFeed on Tuesday published a story about a dossier of documents it said were unverified and "potentially unverifiable" allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives.

Trump Calls Buzzfeed ‘Pile of Garbage,’ Refuses to Take CNN Reporter’s Question at First Press Conference

  Trump Calls Buzzfeed ‘Pile of Garbage,’ Refuses to Take CNN Reporter’s Question at First Press Conference Donald Trump fired multiple shots at the media — particularly BuzzFeed and CNN — on Wednesday during his first press conference in six months. Donald Trump fired multiple shots at the media — particularly BuzzFeed and CNN — on Wednesday during his first press conference in six months.

Jan 11 CNN , the news division of Time Warner Inc , said on Wednesday that its decision to publish "carefully sourced reporting " on unverified intelligence documents concerning Donald Trump is "vastly different than Buzzfeed ' s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos." CNN 's statement came after President-elect Trump called the news outlet "fake news " and refused to take a CNN reporter's questions at a news conference.

CNN , the news division of Time Warner Inc , said on Wednesday that its decision to publish "carefully sourced reporting " on unverified intelligence documents concerning Donald Trump is "vastly different than Buzzfeed ' s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos." CNN 's statement came after President-elect Trump called the news outlet "fake news " and refused to take a CNN reporter's questions at a news conference.

Included in the documents were claims that Russian intelligence had compromising information about Trump.

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti in a memo to employees on Wednesday defended the decision to publish the dossier, referring to it as a "newsworthy document."

Throughout the news conference, Trump decried a CNN report on Tuesday that said U.S. intelligence officials had presented Trump with claims that Russian operatives said they had compromising personal and financial information about him.

(Reporting by Jessica Toonkel; Editing by Toni Reinhold and James Dalgleish)

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