During his first press conference since the election, Donald Trump and his team slammed media reports of unverified allegations that Russia has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” the president-elect as “fake news.”
While CNN only noted the unsubstantiated reports in their coverage of the circulated information, BuzzFeed made the bold decision to publish the documents in full with a disclaimer stating the allegations are unverified and contain errors.
After BuzzFeed dropped the damning report, Trump spokesperson Sean Spicer wrote off BuzzFeed as merely a “left-wing blog,” and Trump denounced the popular organization as a “failing pile of garbage” during the chaotic news conference.
“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It did not happen,” Trump remarked to reporters. “And it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know because you reported it and so did many of the other people. It was a group of opponents they got together — sick people — and they put that crap together.”
Yet ironically, in Trump’s attempt to discredit BuzzFeed as a fake news source, the soon-to-be president tweeted a link on Wednesday to a fake news site detailing BuzzFeed’s bombshell story.
Vocativ reporter Kevin Collier noted the sheer hypocrisy of Trump condemning BuzzFeed as dubious by using a fake news site. Collier tweeted a link to an Intercept story that deemed the site Lifezette as a questionable media outlet and accused the publication of promoting conspiracy theories.
The site promulgated that the Clinton family was involved in the plane crash death of John F. Kennedy Jr., a story ripe with inaccuracies. Furthermore, Lifezette is part of a media network run by Laura Ingraham, a conservative radio host and Trump supporter.
Trump lambasting reputable news organizations like CNN as “fake news,” while publicizing false reporting as credible terrifyingly signifies exactly how freedom of the press will be determined in Trump’s America.
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