Russia, Trump Deny Report Moscow Has Compromising Info On President-Elect (Video)

Russia, Trump Deny Report Moscow Has Compromising Info On President-Elect (Video)

‘Fake news’ is the new buzzword and there is plenty of that going around, but it’s not coming from the source being accused of it, conservatives and the right.

In December, President Obama weighed in on the growing debate over fake news, warning that it could poison politics to the point that “we won’t know what we’re fighting for.”

“And that should be remembered, because at an age where there’s so much active misinformation and its packaged very well and it looked the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television,” Obama said at a joint news conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in November.

Recall where the fake news about Russia and President-elect Donald Trump started. During the third presidential debate when Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of having a personal relationship with Trump and went so far as to call Trump ‘Putin’s puppet’.

Following that, Hillary Clinton backed mainstream media and President Obama have continued their rhetoric that Russia hacked the DNC for the sole purpose of assisting President-elect Donald Trump win the election against Hillary Clinton.

The fake news about Russia and President-elect Donald Trump has perpetuated into the fabricated story that Buzzfeed and CNN reported on Tuesday.

Moscow denied allegations Wednesday that the Kremlin has collected compromising information about Donald Trump and called news reports on the matter a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense” — as the president-elect blasted the claims on Twitter, Fox News reported.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, insisted that the Kremlin “does not engage in collecting compromising material.”

Shortly afterward, Trump unleashed a barrage of tweets about the “fake news.”

“Russia has never tried to use leverage over me,” Trump wrote, while swiping at the intelligence community for allegedly allowing the information to leak.

The pushback followed unverified reports that Russia possessed compromising personal and financial information on Trump. A U.S. official told The Associated Press that intelligence officials had informed Trump about the unsubstantiated report.

Reince Priebus, Trump’s incoming chief of staff, told “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning that the claims are “complete garbage” and resemble an Ian Fleming novel. He specifically rebutted a claim about Trump counsel Michael Cohen supposedly meeting Russian officials in Prague, saying Cohen has “never been to Prague in his life,” a statement Cohen also made on Twitter.

“This stuff is total garbage, and it’s not true,” Priebus said, adding that the materials are not an intelligence document and calling their publication “irresponsible.”

The New York Times and CNN, citing unnamed officials, had reported that the summary was presented last week as an annex to the findings regarding alleged Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The information reportedly was based on memos created by anti-Trump operatives including a former British intelligence operative. According to CNN, the FBI is investigating the credibility of the claims – which supposedly come from Russian sources.

The FBI reportedly has not confirmed many key details from the memos, which contain salacious allegations about information the Russian government could use as leverage against Trump.

BuzzFeed published the 35-page document that contained unverified allegations. The news site said it published the document “so that Americans can make up their own minds” about the allegations.

The editor reportedly wrote in a memo to staff that the decision was not an easy one, “but publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.”

Kelly McBride, a media ethicist and vice president at Poynter, wrote in a post that “publishing an entirely unvetted document is  a significant departure from the way editors of the most significant publications would define the role of reporting.”

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