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Contra Tait:

When I was arguing--correctly--that Buzzfeed was wrong that theirs was the first example of Trump ordering others to lie (I provided 4 other examples), I got tons of pushback.
After some reflection, I realized why: bc other outlets that had presented rock solid proof Trump had suborned perjury hadn't said what BuzzFeed said, straight out, Trump told people to lie. He did. There's abundant public evidence he did. But the news outlets didn't say that.
At least three of the stories that provided rock solid evidence that Trump suborned perjury were published by NYT. But NYT didn't say that.

Significantly, NYT got those stories thru access journalism. Access journalism that has LONG misled the public abt the investigation.
So the reason why BuzzFeed claimed--incorrectly, IMO--that they were the first to show that Trump ordered a subordinate to lie is bc NYT (and others, but most of all NYT) refused to say what the evidence it was looking at showed: that Trump ordered people to lie.
There are two differences here:

1) NYT got those stories thru access journalism. BuzzFeed got yesterdays from well placed LE sources.

2) @BuzzFeedBen is more aggressive than NYT's.
@BuzzFeedBen The best balance may well be somewhere in between.

That said, it is unbelievably alarming to me the number of people who believe we haven't already seen abundant evidence Trump suborned perjury.
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