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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:17

Trump has grounds for a libel lawsuit against Buzzfeed

Written by  Mark Grabowski, contributor

Buzzfeed's "Pissgate" story about President-elect Trump is arguably fake news. Trump might even have a case against the popular millennial news site for defamation. But Trump supporters should probably check their outrage: It's a bit hypocritical.

First, Buzzfeed has overnight arguably expanded the definition of "fake news" with its publication of a controversial 35-page document with information about ties between the Russian government and Trump.

Buzzfeed didn't bother independently verifying the "leaked" information, which responsible journalists do, especially when it comes to allegations as explosive as those in the dossier. In an era when information moves at the speed of a tweet, getting the story out first has apparently become more important than getting it right.

Buzzfeed basically told readers, "Here's the info, you decide whether it's real."

To be exact, Buzzfeed prefaced its story with: "A dossier, compiled by a person who has claimed to be a former British intelligence official, alleges Russia has compromising information on Trump. The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors."

The claims include allegations that while at a Moscow hotel, Trump hired a pair of prostitutes to "perform a 'golden showers' (urination) show in front of him." Trump swiftly denied the report on Twitter, posting: "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!"

Read more at WashingtonExaminer

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