If you think back to last January, you might remember the night that BuzzFeed decided to do what no other media outlet would do despite all the buzz: it published, in its entirety, the Trump dossier compiled by Christopher Steele and paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

What you probably don’t remember is the furious hype surrounding it. Here’s are a few tweets from that day (before BuzzFeed published the dossier) to give some context:

CNN might have had the story, but BuzzFeed went ahead and published the “pee pee tape” dossier itself, with editor-in-chief Ben Smith noting (after publication) that there was “serious reason to doubt the allegations” contained within and that none of it had been verified.

Nate Silver, founder and editor of FiveThirtyEight, somehow thinks BuzzFeed’s decision to print what we now know to be opposition research by the Democrats and the Clinton campaign holds up.


Well, BuzzFeed had to have made a buck or two off of the “Failing Pile of Garbage” T-shirts it sold after Trump weighed in.


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