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7:15 AM ET, January 12, 2017

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Albert Burneko / The Concourse:
BuzzFeed reporters were right to post a dossier with extraordinary claims about President-elect Trump, passed around for weeks at highest levels of government  —  As you're likely aware by now, yesterday evening BuzzFeed published a dossier of allegations about Donald Trump …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
BuzzFeed stepped over the line when it published unverified smears dressed up as an intelligence report meant to damage Trump  —  Where does transparency meet irresponsibility?  Right about at the line that BuzzFeed's editor Ben Smith approached on Tuesday — and decided to step over in the name of serving citizens' best interests.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
BuzzFeed publishes unverified documents alleging ties between Trump aides and Russian operatives and that Russia has “compromising information” about Trump  —  So that “Americans can make up their own minds.”  —  BuzzFeed has published a cache of documents …
Seth Kelley / Variety:
Donald Trump calls BuzzFeed “a failing piece of garbage” and refuses to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta, telling him: “You are fake news”  —  Donald Trump fired multiple shots at the media — particularly BuzzFeed and CNN — on Wednesday during his first press conference in six months.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump filled first press conference in seven months with paid staffers who cheered in response to PEOTUS blasting media  —  The president-elect packs his news conference with paid aides ready to jeer reporters.  —  NEW YORK — When Donald Trump gathered the press at Trump Tower 20 months ago …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
BuzzFeed's decision to publish an unverified report sets a risky precedent for journalism and will have repercussions if it turns out to be wholly inaccurate  —  In distributing a set of inflammatory allegations that it admitted it could not vouch for, BuzzFeed sidestepped a basic principle of journalism.
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
CNN's Jim Acosta says Donald Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told him he could be removed from future press conferences if he challenges PEOTUS again  —  Following a highly contentious exchange with President-elect Donald Trump at his first press conference since late July, CNN's Jim Acosta gave a rundown of his confrontation with Trump.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Intelligence experts urge caution about Trump dossier, describing the findings contained in it as “raw” intelligence, with some finding the report dubious  —  In the hours since a private firm's intelligence document leaked to the web, alleging 35 pages of President-elect Donald …
Fidji Simo / Facebook Media:
Facebook introduces the Facebook Journalism Project to collaborate with news organizations on products, offer training to reporters, and try to curb fake news  —  Facebook is a new kind of platform and we want to do our part to enable people to have meaningful conversations, to be informed and to be connected to each other.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Techdirt's existence is threatened by costs of fighting $15M libel suit brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, represented by Charles Harder, who won against Gawker  —  As you may have heard, last week we were sued for $15 million by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email.
 
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