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Thursday, October 19

Our most popular stories this week, along with editors’ picks:

  1. Behind the story BuzzFeed, Daily Beast, NYT and more didn’t want to publish 
    A cautionary tale for journalists.
  2. Trump might be in serious trouble for his NBC tweets 
    This time, he went too far.
  3. Reporter uncovers years of shocking allegations involving teacher
    “Oh my god,” reporter Bethany Barnes remembers thinking.
  4. Making media literacy great again
    “There is so much bullshit. We are drowning in it.”
  5. The story behind “one of the best reported pieces of the year” 
    The blockbuster investigation you do not want to miss.
  6. “She identified herself as a reporter. He then walked behind her and punched her in the side of the head”
    Alarming physical attacks on journalists.

 

 

Free Press

Most media outlets refused to publish the report on the alleged connection between Russia and the US President-elect.

A dossier making explosive — but unverified — allegations that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him has been circulating among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists for weeks.

The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians. BuzzFeed News reporters in the US and Europe have been investigating various alleged facts in the dossier but have not verified or falsified them. CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Obama and Trump.

Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.