This is really getting out of hand.
Buzzfeed, best known for hard-hitting journalism like "The 32 Greatest Things That Ever Happened On Tumblr" and "15 Reasons You Know You're A 90s Kid," published an unverified, one-source story with explosive allegations, based on the words of an anonymous source who by the way just happened to be paid to dig up usable dirt on Trump during the campaign, true or not.
Right off the bat, Buzzfeed is breaking several fundamental rules of journalism. The story should have never been published if they could not verify the information or find at least another source making the same claims. There are serious, time-honored reasons for these rules, never mind the fact that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. If you're going to publish some insane story about Trump hiring call girls to defile a mattress the Obamas once slept on in a Russian hotel, you'd damn well better have something better than "it came from a guy who was paid by Trump's GOP primary opponents and the DNC."
Not to mention the fact that, if anyone thought the allegations were legit, they would've made the press way before Nov. 8 and HRC's campaign would've been trumpeting the "dossier" every 5 minutes until the polls opened.
As for the press conference this afternoon, with CNN's Jim Acosta yelling at Trump, we've really reached rock bottom with absolutely no respect for the presidency. CNN gave up its objectivity and editorial integrity a long time ago. This is the same news organization that ambushed Trump's physician at his office and, instead of asking him a question, said: "So a lot of people are saying you're some sort of lunatic or something." That was the reporter's "question." (For people who missed most of the absurd campaign minutiae, the story ran in August when the media was temporarily obsessed with running stories about how Trump's Manhattan doctor was a quack.)
Acosta wasn't trying to ask a question. He was trying to create a viral moment. Reporters don't scream at presidents during WH briefings and say, "Can you give us a question? Give us a question! Give us a question! Sir, that is inappropriate, you are attacking our news organization!"
No. Reporters yell out their questions and continue if they're acknowledged, or go quiet if another reporter is called on. This is how it's been done for as long as everyone can remember, and everyone knows that's how it's done. If you want to be taken seriously and you want to be treated with respect, then you don't go publishing insanely ridiculous, clearly fake, bizarrely outlandish stories about call girls and mattresses in Moscow hotels.
Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen this much hate and so many people denying reality after an election. The guy isn't even president yet.