[Ed. – BuzzFeed’s editor, Ben Smith, has tweeted that he stands by the report.]
1. BuzzFeed’s Lead Reporter Is a Proven Liar
The lead reporter on the story is Jason Leopold, someone no less than Columbia Journalism Review declared a “serial fabulist.”
Hey, way to hire, Ben Smith!
2. BuzzFeed’s Lead Reporter Has Published Fake Bombshell Scoops Before
In 2006, Leopold shook the world with the news that Karl Rove — get this — “told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials” he would be indicted for leaking Valerie Plame’s name to the media.
Leopold assured his readers that multiple sources “confirmed Rove’s indictment is imminent. These individuals requested anonymity saying they were not authorized to speak publicly about Rove’s situation.”
Of course, Rove was never indicted, nor was he responsible for the leak.
4. We Are Supposed to Believe Michael Cohen
Lost in all the hype over this story is the fact that the source of the allegation against Trump can only be Michael Cohen, who has already pled guilty and will be going to prison for, among other things, lying.