MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski slammed Buzzfeed and CNN early Wednesday, stating both news outlets allowed "their bias get in the way of actually finding out what the facts are" regarding unverified new reports claiming Russia tried to compromise Donald TrumpDonald Trump Martin Luther King's daughter: 'God can triumph over Trump' Trump: Monday will be day one of administration Trump's navy build-up comes with steep price tag MORE.
“When you can triple-source it, and you have evidence, then you have story. Right now there’s no story here," Brzezinski said on "Morning Joe."
"And I think the people who are going with it at this point — and even if we continue this conversation, we’re a part of it — but the two outlets [Buzzfeed and CNN] that are actually going with it and releasing it are continuing to make the same mistakes they made in the run-up to this election: which is to let their bias get in the way of actually finding out what the facts are and putting them out there," she concluded.
Buzzfeed went even further — publishing a full 35-page dossier that other media outlets would not because they were unable to corroborate the details contained in it.
Trump and his team have staunchly denied the claims in the report, with Trump himself taking to Twitter to address them.
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
One element that may be giving Trump's argument some momentum centers around a part of report that states Trump's special council, Michael Cohen, went to Prague to meet with secretly with Kremlin officials.
Cohen insists he has never visited the city in any capacity, posting a photo of his passport.
Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith defended the publication's decision to publish the dossier.
"Publishing this document was not an easy or simple call, and people of good will may disagree with our choice. But publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017,” Smith contends in a memo to staff that was made public.