MRC’s Bozell: NBCUniversal Should Divest from BuzzFeed After Fake Cohen Story

NewsBusters | 1/24/2019 | Staff
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RESTON, VA — On Thursday, Media Research Center Founder and President Brent Bozell released an open letter to NBCUniversal President Jeff Wachtel calling on NBCUniversal to divest itself of BuzzFeed following a pattern of biased and factually inaccurate reporting, including its embarrassing Thursday night story about Michael Cohen and President Trump that was debunked nearly 24 hours later by the Office of the Special Counsel.

In the letter, Bozell asserted that “[t]his was not just a fake story” but instead “a fake story designed to bring down a presidential administration.”

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Thus, he added how “[t]he events of the past week raise serious concerns about this ongoing partnership and its impact on your reputation as a news organization” and, as a result, “NBCUniversal should take a step toward restoring its reputation as a legitimate news organization by divesting itself of BuzzFeed.”

If not, Bozell emphasized that the MRC “will refer to your news divisions as ‘NBC/BuzzFeed’ and ‘MSNBC/BuzzFeed’ to remind the public about how disreputable this association is, and we will encourage others to do the same.”

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Below is the open letter in full:

This week Fox News reported that NBCUniversal has already invested $400 million in BuzzFeed and that the two companies have been operating in a “strategic partnership.” The events of the past week raise serious concerns about this ongoing partnership and its impact on your reputation as a news organization.

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NBC and MSNBC provided wall-to-wall coverage of BuzzFeed’s discredited Michael Cohen story on January 18th. The story falsely alleged that the Special Prosecutor’s office had proof that President Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress. It turns out the reporting was so bad that Robert Mueller took the unusual step of debunking it.

Journalists should know that simply putting the words “if true” on your coverage is not enough to make up for the...
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