When it was first published in full on BuzzFeed in 2017, the Steele dossier caused a stir in the media. But there has since been an account with the unverified record that was not lacking in salacious allegations.
Driving the news
The Last week, the Washington Post corrected and deleted parts of two articles from the Steele dossier. Understandably, there have since been inquiries and questions as to why one of the most venerable print media organizations (now owed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos) might have been wrong in its reporting.
The Steele dossier on hundreds of pages of unverified news was intended to paint a composite picture that the Russian government had compromising information about Donald Trump campaigning for the US presidency at the time of its publication.
The file was named after a former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, but the source of the information has remained largely unclear.
It was shown to the FBI, which had opened an investigation, before a leaked copy appeared on BuzzFeed.
A mea culpa
In its own pages, The Washington Post said he “took the unusual step of correcting and deleting large parts of two articles, published in March 2017 and February 2019, which identified a Belarusian American businessman as a key source of the” Steele dossier ” .
The Post said it could no longer support the accuracy of parts of the stories after identifying source D who alleged that Russian intelligence services learned that Trump had hired prostitutes to defile a hotel room in Moscow. He also claimed that the Russian government had a video recording.
Trump denied the record, saying he was part of a false campaign to destroy his presidential campaign.
But not everyone backs off
BuzzFeed has a note accompanying the dossier which is still online alerting readers that “The allegations are not verified and the report contains errors”. They don’t intend to take it off
Ben Smith, now New York Time media critic, was editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, said Axes that he was sticking to the logic of editing. The online media publisher won a 2018 lawsuit over its decision to publish.
Neither the file nor Trump has disappeared. If the former president runs for president in 2024, he will surely bring up (repeatedly and with some justification) how the “mainstream media” quickly used an unverified dossier to discredit him.