NBC anchor Chuck Todd took on BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith over that website's decision to publish a 35 page document alleging that Russia had salacious compromising information about the president-elect.
"Don't you have a responsibility of not spreading false information?" Todd asked Smith on MSNBC's "MTP Daily" on Wednesday. "Are you knowingly spreading false information?"
"We certainly quoted the president-elect of the United States making false claims about it, and years ago we debated whether we should quote regular citizens in Iowa saying I don't believe his birth certificate," Smith responded. "And I remember thinking at first, we shouldn't pass that on."
"You just published fake news," Todd said.
"Publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017," Smith said later.