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February 11, 2019

Jake Tapper, Get This, Yelled at BuzzFeed Ben Smith in DMs for Publishing the Dossier, Saying That It Made His Own Story Look Unserious

As many people are concluding, and I think, correctly:

Jake Tapper didn't want to publish the dossier, because the dossier was a silly, shoddy, transparently fraudulent document.

He wanted to just allude to it and make people think it was a lot more serious than it was.

One's imagination if often much more compelling and either scarifying or pleasing (or both at the same time!) than reality. That's the whole theory behind only showing a movie monster in shadows or quick cuts.

BuzzFeed Ben -- inadvertently; this certainly wasn't his intent -- made Tapper and Clapper and Comey look deeply stupid for having peddled this urine-stained yellow sheet when he revealed the Pee-Pee Papers to the public.

And so Fake Jake slid into his DMs.

After BuzzFeed published the infamous Steele dossier, CNN anchor Jake Tapper lit into BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith for the decision, calling it "irresponsible" and "uncollegial," according to emails released Friday.

"I think your move makes the story less serious and credible[.] I think you damaged its impact," Tapper wrote to Smith on Jan. 10, 2017, just after BuzzFeed published the dossier in full on its website.

...

"Collegiality wise it was you stepping on my dick," Tapper responded.

"You could have waited til morning," he said.

"Professionally this is unverified info[.] Your guys unlike us don't even seem to know who the former agent i[s]," added Tapper, seemingly referring to Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier.

So childish! "Ha-ha I know more than you do!!!"

Smith rebutted Tapper's claim, saying "of course" he knew who wrote the dossier.

Actually they're both wrong; it was Sydney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, with Steele brought in to do a fast and dirty rewrite and put his name on the document and thus lend it more credibility than the names of known Clinton smear-peddlers and conspiracy architects Blumenthal and Shearer would.

Ben Smith alluded to this exchange before, when he became the first reporter not named "Ace of Spades" to note Jake Tapper's hypervigilance in sliding into the DMs of his critics for hours and hours.

Last month, the lawyer for a Russian businessman suing BuzzFeed over the Trump dossier paused in the middle of my deposition to reveal which, among the thousands of documents wed turned over in discovery, was his favorite.

The lawyer picked out a furious and colorful email Jake Tapper sent me the night we published the dossier, in which Tapper expressed his disagreement with our decision to publish -- and added that, "collegiality wise," I had done something that he described with an intimate and painful-sounding metaphor.

The email reminded me of two things.

First, that Tapper is an excellent writer.

This reminds me: Ben Smith is a cuck. Tapper's sitting here insulting him and Ben Smith's response is to flatter Jake Tapper.

Or, as someone suggested to me: To play the cowardly, womanly game of pretending to compliment someone while actually stealthily insulting them back.

You know, the way the NeverTrumpers roll, claiming that's the "classy" way to attack critics. Using dishonesty in service of an attack, I keep being told, is more in "keeping with our eternal principles of political discourse" then honestly telling someone you're insulting that you mean to insult them.

Either way: Cuck.

But let's get back to his article:

And second, that one of the great secrets to his professional success is his all-out defense of his reputation on all fronts at all times: Before the Tappergram about the dossier, I'd heard from him more commonly about stray tweets from BuzzFeed staffers about everything from the poop cruise (his own coverage, he wanted to point out, had been serious and policy-focused) to the usual arguments over ratings. No tweet about Tapper, not even a subtweet, falls without Tapper's notice.

"I don't have time for your high school drama club," he said recently in his fourth rapid-fire tweet to a BuzzFeed News reporter who had botched, then quickly corrected, a Tapper quote.

Perhaps the best evidence of how fiercely Tapper protects his reputation is that -- despite his irascibility being a kind of Washington legend -- I can't find any reference to it in a series of recent glowing profiles of the CNN anchor. These profiles tend to feature a relaxed-looking Tapper, surrounded by red, white, and blue memorabilia. Perhaps his feet are up on his desk. Tapper's friends and acquaintances were rather surprised to learn, from the lede of a recent Times profile, that "Jake Tapper doesn't seem to get rattled easily."

Some of Tapper's colleagues and Twitter enemies find the heated private responses to criticism over the top, a sign that he takes himself too seriously.

Some? How about "all"?

It's just that many "colleagues and Twitter enemies" have cucked themselves under and now bow and scrape to Tapper and his rule that he must never be publicly criticized.

Imagine the list of Jake Tapper's "conservative" fanbois, his Harem: Every single one of them has strayed from Tapper's Rule Against Public Criticism at one point or another, and has been subjected to DM abuse over it.

This includes his biggest "conservative" fans and promoters.

But they have learned, and they now Obey. They might ask Jake a question about his biases in private, but they have become Good Little Cucks and now all obey Tapper's rule to never challenge him in public.

But they're very very Brave Conservative Truth Warriors -- they're just afraid of some DMs from Jake Tapper.

Now:

Sit down and listen to their very serious advice on warfighting.

By the way: Whiny little bitch Jake Tapper is back to his favorite job, acting as the Nation's Hall Monitor and Sheriff of Twitter, trying to get people in trouble on Twitter for telling jokes about liberals that he doesn't like.

Jake Tapper Veteran Shield Watch:

3 Time for another marathon tweet session on how awesome Veterans are. They're Jake's favorite shield. Posted by: El Kabong

It's true. Whenever he steps in it, he tries to rebuild his Nice Guy Reputation (which literally no one believes, so I don't know why he pretends) by finding random stories about veterans to tweet about and saying, pretty much this bluntly, "I like veterans. If you like veterans, you should like me, because I like veterans."


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