(Adds BuzzFeed's response)
By Jessica Toonkel
Jan 11 CNN, the news division of Time Warner Inc
, said on Wednesday its decision to publish "carefully
sourced reporting" on unverified intelligence documents
concerning President-elect Donald Trump is "vastly different
than BuzzFeed's decision to publish unsubstantiated memos."
CNN's statement came after Trump called the news outlet
"fake news" and refused to take a CNN reporter's questions at
his first formal news conference since his Nov. 8 electoral win.
BuzzFeed on Tuesday published a story about a dossier of
documents it said were unverified and "potentially unverifiable"
allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian
Included in the documents were claims that Russian
intelligence had compromising information about Trump.
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti in a memo to employees on
Wednesday defended the decision to publish the dossier,
referring to it as a "newsworthy document."
Throughout the news conference, Trump decried a CNN report
on Tuesday that said U.S. intelligence officials had presented
Trump with claims that Russian operatives said they had
compromising personal and financial information about him.
(Reporting by Jessica Toonkel; Editing by Toni Reinhold and