Ben Smith reveals why BuzzFeed published the ‘explosive’ Trump reports

Following BuzzFeed’s publication of a dossier containing unverified allegations about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, the site’s editor-in-chief has explained the controversial decision.

Given it contains numerous claims about the president-elect’s personal and financial ties to Russia that have not yet been confirmed, the decision to publish the documents is highly unusualBuzzFeed itself notes errors in the dossier and does not name the former British intelligence agent who compiled it for Trump’s political opponents.

In a staff email, which he posted on Twitter, Smith wrote that while many may disagree with the site’s choice to share it publicly, BuzzFeed has “always erred on the side of publishing.” …

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Via: Mashable: Media

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