Buzzfeed: Fake news starts at the top

Caption: Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti ? fake news is OK as long as they’re doing it.

The left-media establishment like to paint themselves as the virtuous truth-seekers in a world of fake news. Obama, sycophantic as ever, praised them as ?curated news?. But, as is usual with the left, when they point the finger they?re usually pointing at the mirror. Quote:

BuzzFeed, a popular ?news? website, has once again been shamed for publishing fake allegations against Donald Trump. BuzzFeed?s anonymously sourced report claimed that President Trump ordered his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about a proposed business deal in Moscow.

?But by late Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller?s office issued a very rare rebuke saying that BuzzFeed?s account was ?not accurate.? This was hardly BuzzFeed?s first embarrassment. As Trump reminded people, ?it was BuzzFeed that released the totally discredited ‘Dossier,’ paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.? End of quote.

If Buzzfeed has a problem with fake news, it?s no wonder: as economist and gun rights activist John Lott found, Buzzfeed?s lies start right at the top. Quote:

Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti?has a history of knowingly spreading false information. He has used fraudulent websites and email accounts to pose as people he wished to defame. I was one of his victims.

Peretti?s first victim was MBA student Jeff Goldblatt?Peretti?s sister and co-founder, Chelsea, contacted Goldblatt to gain information on his business. She ?interviewed? him, under the false identity of New York-based reporter Vanessa Holmes.

Then Jonah Peretti set up the website JeffGoldblatt.com, under the pretense that it was Goldblatt?s personal website. Peretti sent out emails from [email protected] that, according to Goldblatt, ?contained multiple lies about me??

Goldblatt contacted me after Peretti did the same thing to me in 2003. In my case, Peretti set up AskJohnLott.org and used the email address [email protected] Peretti?s wrongful use of my name wasn?t for financial gain, but to support gun control.

Pretending to be me, Peretti sent out hundreds of thousands of emails?A number of the recipients were people I knew, and some wrote back using the [email protected] email address and questioned why I would have changed my mind. But Peretti continued the charade of being me in multiple email chains?Peretti also used my name and picture to advise people on how to violate gun control laws. Soon, I received hundreds of angry phone calls from people who were upset that I was supposedly advising them to break the law. End of quote.

People who imagine themselves to be on the side of the angels often seem to feel that the sanctity of their cause licenses them to indulge in deeply unethical behaviour. Climate tub-thumper John Cook stole the identity of Dr. Lubo? Motl, a physicist well-known for his strong and controversial opinions, including hostile skepticism of climate alarmism. After posting a string of false blog comments attributed to Motl, Cook was caught out when he stupidly posted this: ?Sorry about the Lubos thing. Was posting some Lubos comments for the UWA experiment and forgot to log back in as John Cook?.

Peretti was at least slightly wilier than the inept Cook. End of quote.

I spent money to find out who was behind these efforts. When I contacted Peretti, he denied any involvement?After a year-and-a-half, we finally reach a legal settlement?Peretti also apologized to Goldblatt and took down JeffGoldblatt.com. I received an undisclosed monetary settlement.

People are again asking how BuzzFeed could possibly publish such ?fake? news against Trump. They need look no further than BuzzFeed?s CEO and founder Jonah Peretti. End of quote.

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