Tucker Grills BuzzFeed Editor Who Published Trump-Russia Dossier
Tonight, Tucker Carlson took on BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith over his decision to publish a 35-page dossier of unverified allegations about ties between President Donald Trump and Russia.
In a New York Times op-ed, Smith defended publishing the documents, writing: "You trust us to give you the full story; we trust you to reckon with a messy, sometimes uncertain reality."
He told Tucker that he wanted to give readers a chance to see the contents of the dossier - which had been presented to high-level government officials - and decide for themselves.
Tucker said that journalists see unverified, unsubstantiated reports all the time, and argued that Smith was politically motivated to publicly release this particular one.
"Clearly, BuzzFeed News has a pretty open political agenda masquerading as journalism," Tucker said. "I think you are hiding behind journalistic standards, when, in fact, they're political imperatives."
Watch the full debate above, and let us know what you think in the comments.