For the past few days the entire Internet has gone on a major meltdown after BuzzFeed posted this document alleging how deep President-Elect Donald Trump’s ties to Russia really are. Among the most salacious details is the allegation that the FSB has a video showing a raunchy party in Donald Trump’s hotel room where he had Russian prostitutes pee on a mattress because Barack and Michelle Obama had previously slept on that same mattress in that same room when they were in Moscow. The Taiwanese animation company TomoNews has helpfully distilled this document into this animation.
There are a few criticisms of BuzzFeed for posting this document without attempting to verify it for accuracy. Washington Babylon says that it’s thinly sourced and there are some accuracy errors. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has also questioned its reliability and accuracy.
As someone who majored in Journalism and minored in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, I’ve been following this story closely. Normally I would say “Shame on BuzzFeed for attempting such a hatchet job on a public figure!” If the target of the hatchet job had been someone like Bernie Sanders or Keith Ellison or someone whom I generally like and admire, I would be adamant about denouncing BuzzFeed for doing such a hatchet job and giving journalism a bad name.
Since the target is Donald Trump, all this story gets is a “Meh!” from me. That’s because I still remember back in 2011, when Donald Trump had flirted with running for president as a Republican, he courted the birther conspiracy theorists by questioning whether President Obama was really born in Kenya. As this New York Times headline puts it: Donald Trump Clung to ‘Birther’ Lie for Years, and Still Isn’t Apologetic. The article states further:
Much has been made of Mr. Trump’s casual elasticity with the truth; he has exhausted an army of fact-checkers with his mischaracterizations, exaggerations and fabrications. But this lie was different from the start, an insidious, calculated calumny that sought to undo the embrace of an African-American president by the 69 million voters who elected him in 2008.
I view the current unsubstantiated allegations of Donald Trump and the hookers as karma hitting him directly in his orange face. He’s getting the same taste of his own medicine that he dished out at President Obama and I’m laughing my ass off. I hope he enjoys his dose of Instant Karma. (LOL!)