Such attacks simply “bounce off Trump.”
“There’s a coordinated effort,” Limbaugh said. “CNN reports on the existence of the report but they don’t detail it. Jake Tapper, who wants to be known as one of the most highly respected journalists in the world, decides to start vomiting this stuff — but he doesn’t get into details.
“That’s a signal for BuzzFeed to go ahead and release and publish all 35 pages. And BuzzFeed does so while telling everybody that none of it has been verified.”
According to WorldTribune.com, Limbaugh noted that a slew of media outlets have been trying since before Election Day to verify the dossier, but could not find “a single shred” of evidence that would enable them to run with the story.
Tapper attempted to distance CNN from any connection with BuzzFeed on Jan. 11 by saying BuzzFeed’s reporting was “irresponsible.” BuzzFeed is bankrolled in large part by NBCUniversal.
“I can understand why President-elect Trump would be upset about that,” Tapper said. “I would be upset, too. It is why we did not publish it and why we did not detail anything specific from it. That’s not what we do. We’re in the business of sussing out what is true and what is false.”
Limbaugh said that CNN’s coverage was in line with a kind of reporting that seeks to cast a pall over a man’s character through outlandish but unverified charges.
“What we have here, folks, is a variation on, ‘Yeah, we have no evidence, but the seriousness of the charge demands an investigation,’ ” Limbaugh said.