As soon as I read BuzzFeed News's blast report, claiming there was evidence that President Trump had ordered his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, I was very suspicious.
Even before the special adviser Robert Muller's office said Friday that the BuzzFeed account was "inaccurate," I wrote a New York Daily News message, raising questions about whether there really was credible evidence that Trump had misled the false testimony or has impeded justice by telling Cohen to lie to lawmakers. It was obvious that there were no e-mails containing smoking in any direction from the president. Neither will there be eyewitnesses for such a supposed conversation.
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In fact, Cohen was convicted by the federal court in December of three years in prison after pleading guilty to congressional misconduct, financial misconduct and financial crimes.
The spokeswoman for President Trump and his lawyers challenged the BuzzFeed report was released on Thursday, just before Muller's spokesman told reporters. "Two words sum up better than anything else, the body can be said, and this is" definitely untrue, "White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Anti-Trump experts have been wrong so often that the only people who persistently believe in them are Trump's opponents who dream of seeing him forced out of office and perhaps even shut up in prison.
This was followed by the statement by Muller's spokesman Peter Carr, who said: "The BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Attorney's office and a description of the documents and witness testimony received by that office regarding Michael's congressional testimony Cohen, they are not accurate.
But despite the obvious weakness of the BuzzFeed report, many members of the brigade "take Trump at all costs" were busy digging Trump's political grave and
Prominent Democrats from Congress speculated about impeachin. President Trump or his summoning of his resignation-and made many false analogies with impeachment articles that were drawn up in the case of Nixon.
As is typical of the media, "Get Trump", the desired thinking has taken the place of careful Analysis and journalistic skepticism.
Anti-Trump experts have been wrong so often that the only people who persistently believe in them are Trump's opponents who dream of seeing him forced out of office and perhaps even going to jail.
At all objective standards, these self-appointed media "experts" have lost their confidence.
I want the media to come back and show the definite statements and confident predictions of their paid commentators who have proved wrong so many times. Their record of accurate forecasts is not something to boast of.
Indeed, BuzzFeed himself has repeatedly reported the charges against President Trump. Even after Muller's office made the rare public statement on Friday night to say the BuzzFeed report was inaccurate, BuzzFeed defended his indictment that President Trump had told Cohen to lie to Congress on Trump's talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. 19659003] BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith wrote on Friday evening: "We support our reports and the sources that informed him, and we call on the Special Advisor to explain what he is challenging."
Cohen gave testimony to Congress that the Trump negotiations The deal with the tower, which was never finalized, ended in January 2016, before the start of the presidential primary elections. Later, however, prosecutors said the talks only continued in June 2016, after Trump apparently became a Republican presidential candidate.
Now that Muller's office has said the BuzzFeed report that Trump has told Cohen to lie to Congress, the negotiations were not accurate, how can BuzzFeed say the lawyer's office is wrong?
Are BuzzFeed journalists aware of what the Special Advisor and his team of prosecutors and investigators do not know? Do these reporters and editors think the Special Advisor is not accurate? Or are they doubled to avoid shame to acknowledge that they were wrong?
The American people are the real victims of journalism with "desirable thinking" – the reporting of things that journalists want is more real than articles that succumb to journalistic standards. The public has no way to recognize good reporting from wishful reports, especially when the report is based on unidentified sources.
The worst offenders are the so-called expert commentators who pollute the media with unreasonable and biased speculation based on partisan programs.
The media must have standards – based on proven records of accuracy – which their commentators must satisfy before they can prophesy or predict.
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I have to admit that my hope for more accurate reporting and less guerrilla commenting is just a wish, but there is room for such thinking. This place is not in fact reporting or predicting results.
The work of the media is to communicate the facts – not to engage in endless speculation without a factual basis.
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