BuzzFeed decision on Trump dossier sparks media ethics storm | Law

BuzzFeed decision on Trump dossier sparks media ethics storm

Professor Julian Disney speaks to SBS News (12 January 2017) regarding an article published by BuzzFeed that shared unverified claims about Donald Trump.

Professor Disney said, “I think some of the criticism is misguided. These were clearly published as allegations."

"That doesn't mean you're home free and you can publish whatever you like, but it doesn't mean you have to fully verify them, especially when in the very nature of many of these allegations, they were not going to be verifiable."

He went on to say, "I gather than in earlier versions that had been circulated, the sources were not disclosed in as much detail as they are in this publication. That's something publications are usually very careful about, but I think in this case (BuzzFeed) haven't been sufficiently careful."

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