Email show that CNN “news” man, Jake Tapper, was furious at BuzzFeed for publishing the fake Trump dossier because the release hurt the case liberals were trying to make against the president and rendered the dossier unusable to CNN.
Taper sought out the publisher of BuzzFeed via email to scold him for publishing the fake dossier created by Democrat opposition researchers and funneled though a former British spy. The dossier had a long list of accusations (including that Trump hired Russian prostitutes to urinate on him) but none of the accusations were ever proven true.
Indeed, every news agency in the nation had this dossier prior to Trump’s election, but it was filled with so many lies that no outfit bothered to use it.
However, just as Trump was gearing up for his inauguration, CNN mentioned this fake dossier and without saying it was all uncorroborated and fake, CNN tried to use it as “evidence” that Trump “colluded” with Russia.
Tapper was hoping to use the never (at that time) released document as a way to attack the president without having to actually release the document to prove its veracity. But, then BuzzFeed stepped in and messed that tactic up.
According to Tapper’s emails uncovered as part of a lawsuit, Tapper scolded BuzzFeed for publishing the full fake dossier for all to see.
Per The Blaze,” Tapper wrote:
“I think your move makes the story less serious and credible[.] I think you damaged its impact,” Tapper wrote in an email to BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith on Jan. 10, 2017, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Notice what Tapper was saying. He was saying that he knew the dossier was garbage, but that with BuzzFeed showing everyone just how bad it really was, CNN could no longer mention it as “proof” and still look credible in the saying.
Tapper characterized BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the dossier “uncollegial” and “irresponsible” because “no one has verified this stuff.” Tapper was reportedly upset over the timing of BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the document, which came after CNN had reported that top intelligence officials briefed then-President-elect Trump on the document and some of its contents at Trump Tower.
Smith defended his decision to publish the dossier in full — although BuzzFeed noted in its original story that much of the dossier’s contents were unverified — telling Tapper that giving publication the green light “was not an easy call.”
But Tapper was furious that his whisper campaign “evidence” was ruined:
“Collegiality wise it was you stepping on my dick,” Tapper reportedly told Smith. “Professionally this is unverified info[.] Your guys unlike us don’t even seem to know who the former agent i[s].”
Tapper was hoping to use the “evidence” of the fake dossier as “proof” that Trump colluded without ever having to release the actual dossier. He hoped to just make the bald-faced claim that the dossier was credible without ever having to prove it was. By showing the world just how man lies the dossier contained, BuzzFeed ruined CNN’s underhanded, anti-Trump tactic. And Tapper was furious about it.
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