Our Failed Media Fails Again

Bob Mueller be like…

On Friday, the inscrutable Mr. Mueller reacted to the Buzzfeed bombshell from Thursday and released the following enigmatic statement:

“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.”

…which has taken some of the wind out of the Left’s sails, and of course Our Failed Media’s pile-on on Buzzfeed was fast and furious. (That’s a catchy phrase, I should copyright that!) There is no professional courtesy when fellow courtiers are spurned. As if on cue:

Instead of focusing on their own stories, the media turned on Buzzfeed like a pack of jackals. Jason Leopold was savaged (as we predicted yesterday, hell, we mildly suggested that his history is always a shadow on his reporting), and Buzzfeed was dragged. We note that BF has been exemplary in their reporting of the Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac so far, and remind everyone that they took the Steele Dossier all the way through the courts and won. They are no chumps.

Setting the stage are some tweets from our pal Athena (from the must-read blog First Draft):

(Full Disclosure – I tweeted Athena’s thread to media critic Brian Stelter at CNN ; he sometimes replies to tweets from civilians, even me!)

Now, some things to note both about the original Buzzfeed story and the Mueller statement: they are not in complete conflict.

“Two Law Enforcement Officials” are the Buzzfeed sources, these are not (necessarily) people from Mr. Mueller’s Special Counsel office; people are assuming a fact not in evidence. Michael Cohen is also being investigated for other crimes by the Southern District New York US Attorneys, an office that is known to leak like a sieve (See Giuliani, Rudy for details during the 2016 Goat Rodeo).

When you read the statement from the Mr. Mueller’s, it says pretty plainly that this news didn’t come from them. That’s the inaccuracy or mischaracterization  (at least the way I read it), it is not a question of the veracity of the information, just the source. Buzzfeed has asked them for clarification…

“In response to the statement [Friday night] from the Special Counsel’s spokesman: We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.”

…but I don’t expect that they will respond.

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6 Responses to Our Failed Media Fails Again

  1. donnah says:

    This shit frustrates the hell outa me. When a hot item is released by any news source, there will be intense rebuttal and instant reactions from both sides. This story from Buzzfeed, true or not, screws up everything because those of us who believe it’s entirely possible and probably true will have to endure the gleeful gloating from the Trump teams who can use the release from Mueller’s team as a total discredit of what Buzzfeed said.

    Retractions don’t work. What Joe Public sees now is that the Liberals are trying to smear Trump, same as always, not that there is proof that he did tell Cohen to lie.

    I am exhausted from this crap. Please let’s get this wrapped up and delivered in bulletproof fashion before Trump can sleaze his way out of it.

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    • Beth says:

      BuzzFeed has been proven correct in the past, and think they will be now. The problem is with what Athena did, giving fuel to Trump’s mania when it wasn’t warranted. I’m not going to beat up on a media outlet for working to get the truth out. I will continue to beat up on a president that has no regard for the American people or the rule of law. He must be removed from office as quickly as possible.


  2. “This is why we can’t have nice things”.
    That’s the way I interpreted it too.
    The rabid response was fatally overblown, feeding right into the dipshit “fake news” mantra, emboldening and strengthening morons everywhere exponentially. fml


  3. Condi says:

    It’s worth noting that what the Mueller team did not say was: “Donald Trump did not direct Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.”

    I expect BF to ultimately be vindicated and agree with @Athenae 100%.

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  4. David H Lippman says:

    “They denounce our ancestry, but do not deny the story.” — All the President’s Men.


  5. Redhand says:

    “and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.”

    May as well ask the Cumaean Sibyl for a clarification.


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