Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SHOULD CLAIMS OF TRUMPS 'GOLDEN SHOWERS' HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED?

Golden showers? The Moscow Ritz-Carlton bed
   They may or may not be true but there is no doubt the allegations of Donald Trump's shenanigans in Moscow have caused an uproar and raised serious questions of whether or not they should have been made public without more verification. 
    BuzzFeed first sent the internet into a frenzy when it published the collection of memos accusing Trump of improper contact with Russian officials — and alleging the former reality TV star arranged “golden showers” with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room.
   CNN cited documents that included allegations that Russian operatives have compromising personal information on the president-elect, but declined to publish the raw files. But BuzzFeed had no such compunction,.
  According to BuzzFeed the documents, prepared by a British former espionage agent, claim that Trump stayed at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow where he “defiled the bed" where the Obamas had slept during their visit by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers' show in front of him.”


   Critics and journalistic bodies have mainly spoken out against the publication of the memos although some believe it is in the public interest that the allegations should be made known.   

 BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith used Twitter to post an internal email that explained his logic for posting the documents, which had been known to several journalists and politicians for some time. Smith wrote that BuzzFeed’s “presumption is to be transparent in our journalism and to share what we have with our readers,” saying the site has “always erred on the side of publishing.”
 Smith said the file “was in wide circulation at the highest levels of American government and media.” 
  Trump, of course, has denied all the allegations and condemned them as "fake news."
  One thing is certain---golden showers are now a hot topic of conversation. And we haven't heard the last of the matter. 

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