BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief “Doubts the Allegations”

BuzzFeed have stuck their neck out publishing what they admit are unverified allegations about Trump in Russia. Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith emailed staff to explain this extra-ordinary departure from the usual journalistic norms:

From: Ben Smith

As you have probably seen. this evening we published a secret dossier making explosive and unverified allegations about Donald Trump and Russia. I wanted to briefly explain to you how we made the decision to publish it.

We published the dossier, which Ken Bensinger obtained through his characteristically ferocious reporting, so that, as we wrote, “Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”

Our presumption is to be transparent in our journalism and to share what we have with our readers. We have always erred on the side of publishing. In this case, the document was in wide circulation at the highest levels of American government and media. It seems to lie behind a set of vague allegations from the Senate Majority Leader to the director of the FBI and a report that intelligence agencies have delivered to the president and president-elect.

As we noted in our story, there is serious reason to doubt the allegations. We have been chasing specific claims in this document for weeks, and will continue to.

Publishing this document was not an easy or simple call, and people of good will may disagree with our choice. But publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.

Ben

Ben actually disses his own story, which they have been unable to stand up. Would the New York Times have published this – no. Would Guido have published it? Possibly, if we thought the source was credible enough. Imagine if we published a story about a union leader consorting with a prostitute based on widely circulating rumours and off the record briefings, naming no names and getting no affidavits or pictures. Would that be credible?

Trump’s Golden Shower Gate

What a leak this is. BuzzFeed has published an unverified document it says was shown by US intelligence to Trump and Obama about the President-Elect’s links to the Russians. Here’s the bit everyone will be talking about: the claim the Russian security services caught Trump enjoying golden showers from prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room. Wikileaks have spared us by not releasing the video…

May on Trump’s “Grab Them By the Pussy”

The moment of the first Ridge on Sunday as Sophy reads out Donald Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” quote to Theresa May, who says it was “unacceptable”. Three times…

IEA Wonk Could Be Trump’s EU Ambassador

Institute of Economic Affairs advisory council member Dr Ted Malloch is being interviewed by Donald Trump this week for the role of his EU ambassador. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, to give his full name, is a distant relative of President Roosevelt who Maggie Thatcher once dubbed a “global sherpa” thanks to his decades of work at various economic conferences and institutions. It’s good news for Britain if Anglophile Malloch gets the job, he tells City AM:

“In the UK, Brexiteers can take heart from the victory of another anti-establishment figure. His political sympathies for Brexit could lead him to prioritise a trade agreement with the UK once the country leaves the EU. It will also ensure a stronger US-UK Special Relationship.”

And his views on Brussels are sound too. He told Brexit Central last year:

“The elite that dominates EU decision-making is managerial, bureaucratic and socialist,” he says, “with a view to higher taxation and redistribution of wealth — all qualities the EU elite tout proudly, despite growing populist sentiment among an increasingly economically pressed middle class in virtually every EU-participating country. The US and the UK have cast their lot in the same direction and the Anglosphere will not only survive but thrive…

Would they want the United States to join anything like the EU — a federal superstate that curtails sovereignty? Of course the answer is NO! We wouldn’t want that in any way, shape or form. And the British already decided not to become part of the flawed euro currency and the European Central Bank. So here’s an interesting and novel alternative no pundit is yet suggesting, and I say it only half facetiously: why not hook up our horses together?”

Make the special relationship great again…

Expensive Lunch With Farage

Never let it be said that Guido doesn’t keep his word. His bet against Trump had to be settled. Lunch was no PFL – only a two bottler of a reasonable premier grand cru – Guido had to catch a flight and Nigel is doing Question Time tonight. In the circumstances Nige’ picked up the tab…

War Gaming Ambassador Farage

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Isabel Oakeshott writing in the Mail this morning says Trump’s ‘Farage for ambassador’ tweet was

“… meticulously ‘war-gamed’ by his advisers. … the ploy was analysed at length and the note only sent after consideration of all possible tactics and the likely response.”

Last Friday the New York Observer published an article by their London correspondent Andre Walker:

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Jared Kushner owns the New York Observer, he is married to Ivanka and was Donald’s campaign manager. Fancy that…

Trump Takes Inspiration From Letwin

The President-elect last night announced he will be formulating a rule decreeing that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be torn up. Of course in Britain we already have the very same rule, implemented by Oliver Letwin during the last government. Incidentally, Trump is also planning to “drain the swamp” by banning public officials from becoming lobbyists for five years after they leave their government jobs. Imagine the uproar that would cause through the SW1 revolving door…

Trump Wants Farage to Be British Ambassador

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Nigel says “I’m very flattered by the comments and I have said since I met the president-elect that I would like to do anything I can to act in a positive way to help relationships between our two countries.” An ill-tempered Downing Street has put out the line that “There is no vacancy. We have an excellent ambassador to the US.” Which is as factually true as it is unimaginative.

There are however rather a lot of vacancies in the Department for International Trade for trade negotiators. There is no doubt that for Nigel Farage the doors of the highest offices in Washington D.C. will open. It would be a self-defeating waste of a national asset to not give Nigel a transatlantic role. Theresa May should ignore the collective hissy fit of the commentariat and make him Sir Nigel Farage, Her Majesty’s Special Envoy for Trade to the United States of America…

President Signals Illegal Immigrant Crackdown, Speedy Deportations

In 1995 Bill Clinton told Congress in his State of the Union Address that he would implement a proto-Trump immigration crackdown. To a standing ovation he said

The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That’s why our Administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more, by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens.

In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace as recommended by the commission headed by former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.

“Racist in the White House”?

What Does Steve Bannon Believe?

Steve Bannon provokes a lot of controversy. Perhaps it is best to listen to his own words as given to a Catholic symposium [transcript]. He has a coherent ideology, it is not as you might have read. It is rooted in a belief in a capitalism in the context of Judaeo-Christian civilisation. He has a critique of capitalism which echoes the traditional Catholic criticism of free market capitalism. He is intellectually closer to Philip Blond than Friedrich Hayek …

Full text transcript on Buzzfeed.

Labour’s Hotline to Trump

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Labour’s confused response to Trump has seen them favourably compare him to Jeremy Corbyn, then attack Theresa May for seeking an alliance with the President-elect. Meanwhile the Labour Twitterati are mocking the Tory row over whether they should use Farage as an intermediary. Turns out Labour have their own hotline to Trump: on Wednesday morning Tom Watson messaged Piers Morgan asking him to put in a good word:

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Not sure which is more bizarre – Labour reaching out to the Donald or doing it via Piers…

BBC Presenter Tells America Britons Regret Brexit

The BBC’s World News America presenter Katty Kay is somewhat creatively telling US television viewers that Britons regret voting for Brexit. Last night Katty said on NBC’s Meet the Press that people didn’t really want to Leave and that Remain would win a second referendum:

“We did opinion polls afterwards that showed that, actually, if we were to hold the referendum again, Remain would win. There were people who came on the BBC who said, “You know what? I voted to leave but I didn’t actually think we were going to leave. It was a protest vote.” And I think what we’ve seen during the course of this week is the kind of simple, clarion call of change crashing up against the complexity of actually governing.”

This is for the birds, as recent YouGov polls and the pollster Matthew Goodwin have explained:

“There is scant evidence of buyer’s remorse. As the tumultuous summer of 2016 drew to a close, 52 per cent of voters still said that Brexit was the “right decision”.”

The Beeboids just don’t get it.

H/T @Montie

Obama Deported 3 Million Illegals

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As part of the collective meltdown of the left they are screaming “fascist” because Donald Trump intends to keep his campaign promise to deport criminal illegal immigrants. This is the kind of fascism that is more commonly known as upholding the law…

It is exactly what Hillary promised to do when she was campaigning against Obama in 2008:

“Anybody who committed a crime in this country or in the country they came from has to be deported immediately, with no legal process. They are immediately gone.”

Trump has told CBS 60 Minutes that he expects to deport 2 or 3 million illegals. Much like President Obama himself has overseen during his term in office:fy2015removalstatsfig1Looks like the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement service will just carry on doing its job as normal under Trump…

Trump: Wall May Have Fence Segments

Latest Vote Count

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Hillary is winning the popular vote by 230,055 votes. Expect to hear about this endlessly…

Gerald Re-Elected!

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty won his fourth term in office last night, beating Democratic rival David Holmes. Guido congratulates his family and offers condolences to his staff…

President Trump

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 23:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a caucus night watch party at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on February 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The New York businessman won his third state victory in a row in the "first in the West" caucuses.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Staying up for the long night ahead? Then you’ll need to know what to look out for and when the key results will come in. Here is your definitive print out and check off guide to Election Night 2016 – including the Electoral College system explained, a handy swing state watchlist and how the candidates expect to fare through the night. Your essential cheat sheet for election parties tonight…

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