As Twitchy reported, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office took the extraordinary step of issuing a statement denying a “bombshell” report in BuzzFeed, saying the descriptions and characterizations in website’s story were flat-out “not accurate.”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo, with his priorities clearly in line, said that it was Mueller, not BuzzFeed, who “didn’t do the media any favors tonight.” That statement was probably far more telling than it was meant to be; the media wanted the story to be true, and Mueller went and ruined it for them.
On Saturday, CNN political analyst and Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer wanted to ensure that the average American citizen didn’t get caught up in the “frenzy” over BuzzFeed’s bogus reporting and kept his eye on the impeachment prize:
The Buzzfeed story one piece of a massive mountain of evidence of serious wrongdoing, which together would be worse than Watergate. Congress, voters and the media can’t lose sight of the big picture in the frenzy of the moment. @CNNOpinion @ReliableSources @brianstelter
— julianzelizer (@julianzelizer) January 19, 2019
Congress, voters, and the media “can’t lose sight of the big picture in the frenzy of the moment.” Excuse us, but it was the media, not the voters and not Congress, who created the frenzy, to the point where Mueller’s office had to put a damper on it. That’s pretty big.
“Frenzy of the moment”??? The media has been in a foaming-at-the-mouth frenzy for the past two years.
Any sane group of people would have been all frenzied out by now.
— Lars Kerch (@Laughing_Lars) January 19, 2019
— Mark Branaman (@markbranaman) January 19, 2019
LMAO, you're so dumb.
— JWF (@JammieWF) January 19, 2019
Twitter is great for helping people realize that Ivy Leaguers are painfully stupid.
"Moutain of evidence" that has been thoroughly debunked 12+hrs ago by the very office that was claimed to have the mountain.
— Noah (@reeb1011) January 19, 2019
Calling the BuzzFeed story a piece of evidence at this point is what you do when narrative is more important than reality.
— Jester (@quaintjester) January 19, 2019
If you ever had any credibility it’s gone.
— Bill Konyha (@bkonedg) January 19, 2019
So everyone should just accept that some of the story was fabricated. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't believe it. Shades of @DanRather. And CNN doubles down on this? WTF?
— Apeman Among Men (@Apeman605) January 19, 2019
The "fake but accurate" theme. And if u stack hundreds of them together, you have enough "truth" to impeach because we have the "big picture" in mind. The mainstream press is a nest of vipers.
— Spot (@freedomtekk) January 19, 2019
— Insolent Puppy (@InsolentPuppy) January 19, 2019
Nice save pic.twitter.com/JDVftslCjQ
— Harry Burns (@burnering) January 19, 2019
Cling to that raft, cowboy.
— KCase (@KCase314) January 19, 2019
— Tonya Vlasik (@lawgirl) January 19, 2019
I just assumed this tweet wasn't deleted from yesterday. But nope. It's from a day after they were told this was all wrong. Seriously try and explain why I should take CNN seriously at this point?!
— rich schwab (@richschwab1) January 19, 2019
have you been offline for awhile or something?
— Lurker (@red_boxer0) January 19, 2019
Not helping JZ
— Roger the Dodger (@RogerThomas1288) January 19, 2019
It’s not evidence. You might want to look that word up. It’s anonymous conjecture. Desperate desire. It’s why nobody believes you and the rest of the media are unbiased.
— RC (@RC_920) January 19, 2019
So much smoke! Smoke being, of course, reports. Of which we have no evidence and the sources are anonymous BUT how many people would really be willing to lie about this, right? We are the news, we don’t lie! Don’t look at the mountain of evidence that we do bc we don’t
— CHOseph A Bank (@eyeonrox) January 19, 2019
Don't look behind that curtain, peasants. Just believe what your betters tell you about Donald Trump and his many high crimes and misdemeanors. Forget that literally every "bombshell" since he took office has turned out to be fake news. FORGET! We will tell you what to believe.
— John Barry (@CardsFanTX) January 19, 2019
Rather than in a massive mound, the evidence seems to be in the void.
— Dana (@LovesDogsandUSA) January 19, 2019
Liberal evolution… Thursday: BuzzFeed story is ALL WE NEED to PROVE Trump lied and should be impeached. (Then Mueller's office says BuzzFeed story is untrue) Friday: BuzzFeed story is just one small part of the total evidence that PROVES Trump should be impeached.
— Warner Todd Huston (@warnerthuston) January 19, 2019
The big picture: Ds, the media complex & entrenched establishment have not, cannot accept the outcome of the election. Since that day they have run wildly to and fro in a desperate attempt to investigate the entire history of a man's life with the intent to destroy.
— Don Cheech (@donciccio807) January 19, 2019
Winning a nomination and an election are more serious than Watergate? Can you expand on that a bit?
— Austrian Anarchy (@AustrianAnarchy) January 19, 2019
#Trump2020 thanks you for this in kind contribution
— NarcissisticNarwhal (@NecroticNewt) January 19, 2019
— … (@jtLOL) January 19, 2019
WaPo reporter tries to explain media’s dilemma when facing backfiring ‘bombshells’ (and people have thoughts) https://t.co/giqxdtsumA
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 19, 2019