The results of BuzzFeed’s internal review are back and they aren’t pretty. In a post entitled “An Apology to Our Readers”, BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith disclosed that after reviewing 500 posts from one of BuzzFeed’s leading reporters, Benny Johnson, Smith and others discovered “41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites.”
|By: DSWright Monday July 28, 2014 2:20 pm|
|By: DSWright Friday July 25, 2014 3:20 pm|
BuzzFeed has now confirmed that one of its editors, Benny Johnson, is having his work reviewed after being accused of plagiarizing work from other outlets including The New York Times, Wikipedia, Heritage Foundation, National Review Online, U.S. News & World Report and Yahoo! Answers.
|By: DSWright Monday June 30, 2014 1:27 pm|
The NSA are not the only ones violating people’s rights online. Both Facebook and BuzzFeed have been recently caught engaging in transgressive conduct regarding users’ privacy.Treating their users with incredible disrespect and secretly exploiting those that use their products.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 4, 2014 12:12 pm|
Ironically, while lower profiles issues are often the hardest to convince regular people to get involved on, they are the issues where calling their members of Congress can make the most difference.
|By: DSWright 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?
|By: DSWright 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
|By: EdwardTeller 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.
|By: DSWright 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.
|By: DSWright 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.”
|By: DSWright 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.