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Don’t Lump CNN In With BuzzFeed

CNN is getting blasted by Donald Trump and others for reporting on the sordid business about Trump, intel chiefs, and Russian compromise material. Last night CNN reported that intelligence chiefs had advised Donald Trump that they had reason to believe the Russians had collected or were attempting to collect information that they thought might compromise the President-Elect.

That is true. It is factual. It is not fake news.

BuzzFeed then threw out all that crap about prostitutes, golden showers, etc. and people lumped CNN in with BuzzFeed, arguing that CNN gave BuzzFeed cause to do that.

I do not think that is true. The intelligence story was coming from multiple outlets. CNN beat everyone, but was cautious in its approach and measured in its tone. BuzzFeed set the dumpster on fire and did so with reckless disregard for truth or journalistic integrity and CNN got caught in the blaze.

I have been happy to criticize CNN this past year when I thought they deserved it, but I do not think they deserve it here.

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