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NYT Editor Baquet Criticizes Buzzfeed: ‘We’re Not in the Business of Publishing Things We Can’t Stand By’

picmonkey-collageBuzzfeed’s decision to publish a 35-page dossier containing unverified allegations about President-elect Donald Trump has come under criticism by personalities at all three of the major cable news networks. New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, likewise, disagrees with Buzzfeed’s decision to publish the allegations in full.

In a New York Times report published Wednesday, writers Sydney Ember and Michael M. Grynbaum called Buzzfeed’s move to publish, “a break from typical journalistic practice.” And the Times‘s executive editor, calling the allegations “totally unsubstantiated,” said that he refused to publish a document that the Times couldn’t stand behind.

“We, like others, investigated the allegations and haven’t corroborated them, and we felt we’re not in the business of publishing things we can’t stand by,” Baquet said.

Earlier, CNN’s Jake Tapper slammed Buzzfeed for putting out the document.

Buzzfeed editor in chief Ben Smith responded to Tapper and CNN’s subsequent critique with this statement to the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone:

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