Truth should be a magnet to journalists. They should fly to it like moths to a flame. Moreover, they should question every potential truth until they can determine beyond a reasonable doubt that it is indeed verified. That’s not to say there’s no room for speculation when the evidence is strong, but BuzzFeed’s release of an “oppo dossier” on Donald Trump’s alleged Russian connections does not fall into this category.
The evidence is not strong. Confidence is not high. The only thing giving the devastating report any credibility is that it’s being considered a potential threat by the intelligence community. Releasing the details is journalistic irresponsibility at this stage because they allow the general public to jump to conclusions about the President-elect before the information can be verified.
As I posted elsewhere, the cat’s out of the bag so it must be addressed. These allegations are bad. They’re much worse than anything Trump (or any President for that matter) has been accused of in the past because they insinuate that an American President may be compromised by a foreign government. If this isn’t debunked by the intelligence community quickly, there will be a stigma on every action that Trump makes in favor of positive Russian relations throughout his administration.