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After Mueller kills BuzzFeed 'bombshell,' media has one major worry — and it's not reporting the truth


What about the truth?

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In the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller taking the unprecedented step to publicly dispute reported allegations related to the Trump-Russia investigation, some in the media made it clear they are worried about potential blowback related to Mueller's announcement.

But the worries weren't related to media accuracy. Instead, many voiced distress that Mueller confirmed President Donald Trump's "fake news" moniker.

What did those in the media say?

Jeffery Toobin, a senior CNN analyst and writer for the New Yorker, lamented on-air after Mueller's announcement.

"I have a different view of the implications of all this. My view is 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 told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

"I just think this is a bad day for us," Toobin added.

Meanwhile, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo similarly observed that "Mueller didn't do the media any favors."

"And he did do the president one, because as you saw with Rudy Giuliani and as I'm sure you'll see with the president himself, this allows them to say, 'You can't believe it. You can't believe what you read, you can't believe what you hear, you can only believe us. Even the special counsel says that the media doesn't get it right,'" Cuomo said.

How did Trump react to the Mueller/BuzzFeed news?

Responding on social media, Trump characterized the development as "a very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our country!"

He later denounced "fake news" as the "enemy of the people."

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