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And then Buzzfeed said it would "stand by" its story and its sources. This makes one wonder.....

The original allegation that Trump ordered Cohen to lie to Congress was not framed by Buzzfeed as an allegation, but as a statement of fact with no wiggle room. This means Ben Smith, senior editor at Buzzfeed is either 100% certain this happened, or he is suffering from severe Trump Derangement Syndrome. Because your announcements are only as good as those providing them to you, most real journalists would NEVER quote anything as fact, particularly that which is second hand. But its what happened next that adds spice to this otherwise juicy tidbit...

Smith has 3 options once the Special Investigator spokesman announce the news story is 'inaccurate'.

1. Modify the story claiming parts of it are correct, apologizing for any inference otherwise and hope it quickly blows over. Most editors would take this course and hope they keep their jobs.

2. Withdraw the story, fire the reporters involved and apologize, promising never again to do such a thing. But this requires impeccable journalistic integrity....which like the pledge of allegiance is something we don't see much of anymore

3. Double down, stand by it, refuse to reveal the source and continue to not take his prescribed medication for treating his Trump Derangement Syndrome symptoms.

So either Smith does indeed have some red-hot smoking gun the special prosecutor is unaware of, or the man is getting near the edge

BruceM
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