Buzzfeed Stands By ‘All Of’ Cohen Bombshell: ‘Our Reporting Will Be Borne Out’
Despite several days of blistering controversy over their bombshell report that Donald Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, BuzzFeed News editor in chief Ben Smith and reporter Anthony Cormier continued to insist that their reporting “will be borne out.”
On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter asked Cormier and Smith about Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed’s reporting.
Stelter asked how it feels to have Mueller cast doubt on the reporting, and Cormier replied, “Never great, but I’m solid. My sources are solid. This reporting is accurate.”
“So the people who are saying heads should roll at BuzzFeed, you’re hurting the news business as a whole, what do you say?” Stelter asked.
Cormier went through a brief summary of his own experience as a reporter, and told Stelter “This is going to be borne out, Brian. This story is accurate.”
“What if the sources are just wrong?” Stelter asked.
“They’re not,” Cormier said.
“Not intentionally. Not trying to hurt you, but what if they’re wrong?” Stelter asked.
“They’re not,” Cormier replied. “They’re not. I’m confident.”
Smith explained the need to protect sources, especially after Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s call for legal action, but said “we stand by all of it.”
Stelter then asked about the documents that the reporters have seen related to the report, and Cormier explained that “We can’t get into the details. At this point because of the calls for a leak investigation and the sort of sensitivity around that matter, we can’t go any further at all in order not to jeopardize our sources. We make a commitment to them.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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