Buzzfeed, keen to show the world it’s a serious news organisation and not a trivia-led click-baiting gossip sheet, recklessly published the infamous dossier from ex-British spy Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson that claimed among other outlandish things that Trump paid prostitutes to urinate on him in a Moscow hotel room.
This revelation was designed to humiliate Trump personally, and also to infer that Vladimir Putin’s intelligence operatives had tapes of the incident, which is why Trump was so badly compromised by Russia.
It was also untrue.
I wrote at the time that most of the dossier – commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democrats – sounded like nonsense, and sure enough all the more lurid revelations have never been proven.
Yet that terrible journalistic decision to run a completely unverified document full of obvious bullsh*t poured a million tons of fuel onto the small Russia collusion fire burning slowly away in Washington and turned it into a furnace that threatened to engulf and destroy the Trump presidency.