BuzzFeed on Tuesday pushed the boundaries of journalism by publishing an unverified document revealing potentially explosive allegations about President-elect Trump, under the theory that "Americans can make up their own minds" about whether those allegations are true or not.
The dossier purports to be a series of notes about how Russia has worked to cultivate Trump, including by allowing Trump to participate in "perverted sexual acts."
It also said Russia tried to offer Trump several "sweetener real estate deals," but said Trump had yet to take Russia up on those offers.
BuzzFeed published the dossier even though it admitted it is unverifiable.
"The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians," BuzzFeed wrote.
Even as BuzzFeed admitted that it had no way of proving or disproving the veracity of the documents, it insisted that people would be able to make up their own minds.
"BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government," it said.
Shortly after it was published, Trump himself weighed in and accused BuzzFeed of writing "fake news," a play on recent Democratic complaints that right-leaning organizations have pushed false stories to help Trump win the election.
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Sean Spicer, who's in line to be Trump's White House spokesman, called the BuzzFeed report, "pathetic."
And Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump, is also mentioned in the dossier has someone who held a secret meeting with Russian officials in Prague. But Cohen tweeted Tuesday night that he has never been there.