Journalists are supposed to be reporting the facts. They were unable to independently verify the document and so it should not have been published, plain and simple. They released the documents purely for more clicks (which is their typical motivation) rather than actually caring that the release was unethical.
@michellewoods These documents have been floating around newsrooms and around Washington for months now. They've been referenced in the news and have been a topic of conversation for a while now by other news stations. Buzzfeed just elaborated on these other reports by showing the exact documents. That being said, now they have set a precedent and should release other info if it becomes available to them, even if it is harmful to the democrats.
@dave_andretti they have nothing to support the validity of the documents! You can't just publish any smut you come across! BuzzFeed is so typical of liberal media, publishing anything they can to try and slander Trump even if it's potentially fake. what they did is completely irresponsible.
It's a tough one... For media like buzzfeed, I wouldn't expect the strict rules that apply for publications like FT, Economist. They get inside info, they report it and as readers we should expect that the Buzzfeed likes haven't conducted a thorough research, right?
Unverified sources revealed that once the cameras are turned off, congress members start throwing fecals at each other and the one with the least stains wins all votes. I get why media should fact check, but then again i must say that if they continue to publish fake news, they'll lose the trust of their readers, which is a good thing. Not the trust, but losing it. It will teach us to be sceptics towards media, and this scepticism is what every democracy needs badly these days.