Federalist Editor: Wall Street Journal ‘Provided Zero Evidence’ For Trump-Pornstar Report

Mollie Hemingway, editor at Ben Domenech’s factory of contrarianism — also known as The Federalist — said on Fox News that the Wall Street Journal provided “zero evidence” to back up their report that Trump’s lawyer arranged payment for a porn star to keep quiet about an affair. The Journal reported that Michael Cohen arranged to pay porn star Stormy Daniels $130k just weeks before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence regarding a sex affair with Donald Trump, alleged to have occurred in 2006, when he was married to Melania. Cohen has denied the report and provided a statement, signed by “Stormy Daniels” — real name Stephanie Clifford — that denied she had sex with Trump. And appearing on Howard Kurtz’s MediaBuzz Sunday morning, Hemingway declared that the WSJ report doesn’t meet her journalistic standards. “Well, the Wall Street Journal asserted something as true but provided evidence to support that fact,” she said. “Zero evidence?” Kurtz contested. “I mean it’s quoted sources that say the money went to her through a lawyer.” “There is not a single named source and everyone who’s on the record denies it so I think readers have a right to know why they ran with it, why are they so certain?” Hemmingway shot back. Kurtz pointed out that the New York Times put out a report that Jacob Weisberg, head of the Slate Group, held an interview with Stormy in October 2016 in which she confirmed the affair with Trump. As Hemingway then noted, Slate’s editor in chief Julia Turner tweeted out a response to the Times report, clarifying that the magazine did not run the Stormy story due to a lack of evidence. Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — Follow Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) on Twitter

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