Brzezinski slams Buzzfeed, CNN 'bias' over Trump-Russia report

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 John TrumpAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents A history lesson on the Confederacy for President Trump GOP senator: Trump hasn't 'changed much' since campaign 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.

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"This whole thing has felt wrong from the beginning of this show,” Brzezinski stated.
CNN published a story early Tuesday evening that intelligence officials provided a two-page dossier to Trump last week that included allegations of Russian operatives saying they had economic and personal information on Trump. CNN reported the two-page dossier was also provided to President Obama and a small group of lawmakers with jurisdiction over highly classified material. 
 
NBC News reported on Wednesday, however, that the two-page dossier was included in briefing documents but that no papers were handed to Trump. This leaves it unclear whether any information on the dossier was actually provided to Trump.

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.

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.