CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin was in despair on Friday after Special Council Robert Mueller’s office debunked a “bombshell” report from BuzzFeed that many on the left believed would take down President Donald Trump.
Toobin worried that the fake report would leave a lot of people believing that “the news media are a bunch of leftist liars.”
BuzzFeed created quite a celebration on the left earlier in the day when they reported that President Trump had told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Russia. In a rare move, Mueller’s office released a statement declaring that the story was not accurate.
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” a spokesman for Mueller’s office said in a statement.
Appearing on a CNN panel about the issue, Toobin was extremely concerned about the damage BuzzFeed caused.
“The larger message that a lot of people are going to take from this story is that the news media are a bunch of leftist liars who are dying to get the president, and they’re willing to lie to do it,” Toobin said. “And I don’t think that’s true.”
“I just think this is a bad day for us … It reinforces every bad stereotype about the news media,” he added.
CNN host Brian Stelter agreed, but worried about the president using the story to attack liberal journalists.
“Bad day for BuzzFeed,” Toobin said.