(National Sentinel)Â Media Mishaps:Â On his Wednesday night program,Â Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewedÂ BuzzfeedÂ editor Ben Smith on the one-year anniversary of his publication of the debunked Trump dossier, which he defended as being in the public’s interest.
Carlson asked Smith to comment in regards to a lawsuit filed by President Donald J. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, who was named in the dossier as having traveled to the Czech Republic to meet with Russian officials — a trip Cohen says he never made, which has since been substantiated.
The dossier itself is a document of kind of obvious central public importance,â€Â SmithÂ said Wednesday. â€œThat was clear a year ago. Itâ€™s actually a lot clearer now. Before we published it, as we knew then, important elected officials intelligence agencies were investigating this document.â€
For his part, Carlson said that Smith, as a journalist, should never have published the dossier without first verifying it.
â€œYou see a lot of stuff that you donâ€™t pass on, because you donâ€™t know if itâ€™s true. And the words hang in the air and you libel someone in effect, so you donâ€™t run it,â€ Carlson said. â€œBut you did run this, because it was Trump.â€
Smith stood by his decision to publish the dossier and said that he believes recent media coverage vindicated his decision.
â€œBut youâ€™re making a retroactive argument,â€ Carlson responded. â€œYouâ€™re arguing, ‘well okay itâ€™s at the center of news, so we were right a year ago to run it.’ And Iâ€™m actually not even attacking you for running it, I would just like you to acknowledge partisanship played a role.â€
Carlson added that had Smith obtained information that appeared damaging to President Obama, he would never have run it.
â€œIf you came across a dossier in the middle of the Obama administration that laid out in some detail how he was born in Kenya and had a weird personal life, you would never run that. Because you would be attacked by every one of your friends,â€ Tucker said, laughing.
â€œThe truth is this stuff was unverified a year ago, it remains unverified,â€ CarlsonÂ added. â€œWe are no closer to proving that [Trump] collaborated with the Russian government.â€
Cohen is not the only person suingÂ Buzzfeed for defamation. Lawsuits have also been filed by Russian technology firms named in the dossier, and former low-level Trump campaign official Carter Page has also filed suit againstÂ Yahoo andÂ HuffPo over allegedly libelous allegations regarding contact with Russian operatives.
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