BuzzFeed and The ‘Tongues of Fire’

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 3:59 pm

When Buzzfeed posted an article attacking Max Blumenthal by using his father many were left in shock and awe. The author, Rosie Gray, and Blumenthal had a combative history, but using someone’s dad to attack them? That takes the politics of personal destruction to whole new level, surely this was the worst kind of personal attack.

Or was it?

Business Insider Compromises Integrity On Buzzfeed Story

By: Wednesday February 12, 2014 2:00 pm

According to Gawker, a piece that included a critique of Buzzfeed’s notoriously sketchy business model at Business Insider written by Nicholas Carlson was changed, without notice, to reflect a more favorable view after Buzzfeed’s CEO contacted BI to complain

Attacks on Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath” Escalate, Veer Into Wingnut Land – Updated

By: Monday November 11, 2013 7:15 pm

What may have turned out to be the most disturbing element introduced by Eric Alterman, was his bringing Max Blumenthal’s father, Sidney Blumenthal, into the argument. What seemed to some as an innocuous comment in Alterman’s first article, has turned into a sordid campaign by even more sordid people, to attack both the elder Blumenthal, and Hillary and Bill Clinton, and their foundation. The hits have devolved from Buzzfeed.com to Breitbart.com to white supremacist Robert Stacy McCain’s blog, as the threats have escalated.

BuzzFeed Hacks Away At Mint Press News’ Syria Story

By: Wednesday October 2, 2013 8:36 am

Viral media and cat picture experts BuzzFeed decided to once again enter the fray of actual journalism, it didn’t go well. Known for mostly writing and rewriting press releases and practicing access journalism (which is to say not-journalism) the listcle masters decided they would tell the “inside story” of Mint Press News.

Buzzfeed’s Snowden and Greenwald Smears Under Fire

By: Monday July 1, 2013 6:30 pm

In a response to statements by some TV personalities that Glenn Greenwald should be imprisoned for doing journalism Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor of the New York Times, wrote a post discussing the virtue of Greenwald’s work and offered a definition of what a journalist is. In Sullivan’s view a real journalist is “one who understands, at a cellular level, and doesn’t shy away from, the adversarial relationship between government and press – the very tension that America’s founders had in mind with the First Amendment.”

Buzzfeed’s Partnership With Koch Brothers Under Fire

By: Saturday May 18, 2013 7:52 am

The Koch Brothers seem to be in the middle of a strategy shift. Previously the billionaire oil barons who made their money the old fashioned way (they inherited it) used various think tanks like the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation to launder their deregulation and tax cut agenda. Now the Kochs, after advancing astroturfing groups like FreedomWorks to browbeat the press, are trying to get into the media business outright.

The Facts Don’t Matter to the Romney Campaign

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 12:30 pm

It would appear the Romney team is now fully banking on their ability to run a campaign focused around things that are simply not true. The campaign admitted that their highly racially tinged ad that falsely accuses Obama of gutting the work requirements for Welfare reform is their most effective ad, so they intend to keep using it even though numerous media have declared it flatly untrue.

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