Reacting to Trump's dump on CNN -- he refused to take a question from a CNN reporter -- Morgan wrote in the Daily Mail:
The only hookers in this story are the cheap, lazy journalists who ran with fake Trump sleaze to urinate on his presidency
President-elect Donald Trump didn’t pay prostitutes to urinate on his bed in the presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow, three years ago.
Neither did Trump do this to deliberately defile a bed that had been used by Barack and Michelle Obama.
And nor did Vladimir Putin secretly videotape the whole thing to use as blackmail against Trump at a later date.
It’s all complete baloney.To be fair to CNN... why be fair to CNN?
The story was a bunch of BS pushed by Senator John McCain and others.
Peddled around for a few months by Rick Wilson, CNN finally bought the story on Tuesday, and BuzzFeed followed up with more details of the lie.
As my old mentor @brithume used to say, "it's great to have an 'exclusive' unless you're exclusively wrong."— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonDC) January 11, 2017
And it is all lies.
Why would any decent person go on CNN?
Why would any decent person watch CNN?
Why would any decent airport have it on?
I suppose Kellyanne Conway will have to appear on CNN from time to time.
Morgan concluded his column:
My former employers CNN, who first reported yesterday on the dossier, but crucially didn’t include the details of the specific allegations, are not as culpable as Trump believes in all this, but they’re not blameless either.
They gave an official gloss to a dossier that looks extremely flimsy and full of wild badly-sourced allegations, thus making it seem more important and accurate than it was, and of course, prompting BuzzFeed into running with the full works.
And the real villain here is whoever leaked it to BuzzFeed and other media in the first place, if the motivation was purely to damage Trump at the expense of the truth, particularly if that person works for the US intelligence community.
The stakes are very high here.
A free press is the very cornerstone of any democracy.
If fake news goes mainstream like this, without any checks and balances, then the pivotal place of the free press in American culture will be over, toast, defunct, kaput.
So shame on you, BuzzFeed.
As Trump said at his press conference, what you did to him was ‘an absolute disgrace’.
And that’s a factMorgan has had his run-ins with the truth in the past, but I think he nailed it this time.
The truth is out there. So are the lies.
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