BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith returned to “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday to discuss his website’s decision to publish an unverified Trump dossier.
Smith argued that though the “golden showers” dossier was “clearly marked as unverified,” the public still has the right to view such documents — when involving public officials — and make decisions about their veracity on their own.
“I think this is B.S.,” Smith said of some media outlets decision to not publish the dossier. “I’d say show them the document and let people see the thing that is being referred to. That’s certainly how we made our decision.”
Smith noted that if you look at his Twitter mentions, “you see people making allegations like that about you and me — right now, all day, every day — and I think most consumers of information right now realize that the egg avatar might not speak the truth.”
“I think that somewhere between the egg avatar and information that has been absolutely nailed down is — and has always, actually, been at the center of America journalism, in American politics — information that has always been fought over at the highest levels,” he added.
“I think in a way, Matt Drudge made these decisions about Monica Lewinsky years ago.”
You can watch the entire interview below.