Tucker Grills BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith for Publishing Trump-Russia Dossier
CARLSON: "One of its chief architects is going to join us to discuss its decline and fall and to defend but first, a “Wall Street Journal” report reveals that the tenacious but unverified 35 page dossier published by BuzzFeed news. It had been co-opted by Russian intelligence and hardly proves the documents liability to have its claims come from a businessman instead of intelligent sources. Why did BuzzFeed publish it in the first plates? Joining us now is Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of the BuzzFeed news. Instead of only presenting known facts, they left it to readers to reckon with a messy reality. I know you have taken a lot of flak for this. Let me just ask the obvious question which is, let’s say I had an unverified document given to me by one of your enemies claiming that you had committed a crime. Let’s say that was in the hands of law enforcement but they did not press charges against you. We had no evidence at all but it was true but I did know that releasing it would greatly damage your reputation. Should I release it? Of course, I would never publish a lot because it would be unfair."