Is BuzzFeed a media outlet, or a public relations firm for alt-left groups? (UPDATE)
Yesterday I reported that an ANTIFA blog bragged about pouring concrete on train tracks. In my Tweet I wrote, “No [one] knows if ANTIFA was involved in Amtrak derailment.”
As expected, messages from “journalists” started pouring in. They immediately lied about what I posted. Here is one example:
I’m writing to ask you for comment again after your tweets about antifa and today’s Amtrak disaster. Your Tweets are strongly implying antifa may be connected to the derailment.
I responded to this loaded and dishonest with all the respect it deserved.
My Tweets and a periscope expressly said no one knew if ANTIFA was involved. Here’s a direct quote from a video that any reporter could have watched: “Could be something, could be nothing, nobody knows.”
The larger question is, Why does BuzzFeed rush to defend ANTIFA? Is BuzzFeed a news outlet, or a public relations firm for left-wing domestic terror groups?
BuzzFeed might claim they aren’t doing PR for ANTIFA. They just really really really care about fake news. If that’s true, then we should be able to find examples of BuzzFeed calling out fake news from the left.
With the exception of Joe Bernstein collecting Louise Mensch’s lies way back in April, I cannot find many exposes into left-wing fake news.
In fairness, BuzzFeed has published a few articles critical of fake news from the left.
Left-leaning website Raw Story was the first to write up Berman’s comment. Its story was headlined “Foreign Policy…www.buzzfeed.com
The US election and its surprise victory for Donald Trump have helped propel liberal hyperpartisan Facebook pages and…www.buzzfeed.com
One might say they still seem more on guard from fake news by conservatives, although it’s still refreshing to see a more mainstream outlet going after fake news from the left at all.
Yet BuzzFeed lets some fake news go unchallenged.
Think Progress lied about me, falsely suggesting a Russian operative gave me the John Conyers document.
However, even though the new account had only a few thousand followers, it had already claimed to have played a role in the recent revelations regarding Rep. John Conyers (D–MI) and sexual harassment. According to BuzzFeed, which first reported on Conyers, the incriminating documents were provided by noted conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich. While it remains unclear how Cernovich obtained the documents, the new @TEN_G0P account appeared to claim credit.
An anonymous account claimed credit for giving me something? SCOOP! Get real. And BuzzFeed knows that the Think Progress article was trafficking in a conspiracy theory, because BuzzFeed broke the Conyers story.
BuzzFeed spoke to the source of the Conyers’ documents. Russia had nothing to do with the Conyers story. The Conyers documents were a once-in-a-decade jackpot win.
BuzzFeed didn’t rush to call out Think Progress for spreading conspiracy theories and strongly implying, based on an anonymous Twitter account, that Russia played a role in the Conyers story.
Where was BuzzFeed’s story talking about Think Progress spreading fake news about the Conyers story? Why wasn’t there a rush to debunk conspiracy theories surrounding the Conyers documents?
We see BuzzFeed and the rest of the media rush to call out “fake news” from the right, even when, as in my coverage of ANTIFA, they have to read words I didn’t write in order to drum up a story.
The same reporter has a pattern of doing PR for ANTIFA.
Back when I gave a speech at Columbia, ANTIFA marchers were seen holding a sign which said, “No Pedo Bashing.”
Many have said the sign was a prank. But there is no proof it was “planted.” ANTIFA people held up the sign, and that’s a fact.
Some might say the sign was planted to demonstrate that people who show up to ANTIFA protests are mindless zombies. What sort of mindless zombie blindly follows orders and holds up a sign without looking at it?
BuzzFeed rushed to tell people the sign was planted, even there is no proof it was.
An hour before Cernovich was supposed to speak, protesters were walking to campus. About halfway through, one person…www.buzzfeed.com
Even if the sign was a prank, who cares? Why is that newsworthy? Pranks happen dozens of times a day, and many YouTube prank videos get millions of views. Does BuzzFeed rush to debunk every prank video?
We are starting to see a pattern. “Fake news” about ANTIFA is newsworthy. Actual fake news about right-wing figures isn’t newsworthy. Living by those rigged rules is how public relations firms, not journalists, behave.
BuzzFeed rushes to defend ANTIFA and attack ANTIFA’s enemies, and this has reporters look foolish.
Blake Montgomery, whose reporting is among the best you’ll find as he goes to events and streams happenings live, was so far up ANTIFA’s butt that he said honoring victims of communism was a white nationalist talking point.
A BuzzFeed journalist said Tuesday that focusing on the "victims of communism" is a talking point used by white…www.foxnews.com
Blake is a real reporter, and what he said was foolish beyond words. He didn’t act maliciously. He fell victim to confirmation bias.
Good reporters look like fools when they choose a side and rush to attack anyone on the other side.
BuzzFeed needs to decide if it’s a media outlet doing real journalism, or a Super PAC for far-left interest groups.
If they want to be the former, they need to start debunking fake news from the left with the same zeal as they attack perceived fake news from the right.
Of course, they can do whatever they like. But given their recent financial outlook, they should ask if they want to end up like Mashable and other hard-left propaganda blogs.
Digital-media firm Mashable has clinched a sale for the company - and it's not for a price that founder Pete Cashmore…variety.com
There’s a strong demand for hard-hitting news that hits both sides.
My Facebook has wild reach, after only a few months. We’ll have reached one billion people before year’s end.
BuzzFeed’s business will grow if it views itself as a journalistic outlet that breaks news and calls out everyone, rather than as a PR firm for far-left groups.
The world needs more journalism. Will BuzzFeed provide it?
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