Garbage Is As Garbage Does
Who’s the most bad?
President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference in months Wednesday, and took some time to address chatter surrounding a dossier of gossip published by Buzzfeed this week. Most of the unverified allegations surrounded issues like Trump’s ties to Russia, but one salacious tidbit suggested the future leader of the free world hired sex workers to perform pee acts for him. Guess which topic the Internet has had the most fun discussing?
A dossier making explosive - but unverified - allegations that the Russian government has been "cultivating, supporting…www.buzzfeed.com
So because he is who he is, Trump took time out of his press conference to let us all know that Buzzfeed is a bad website. Specifically, a “failing pile of garbage.” Damn.
BuzzFeed, the media outlet which published a 35-page unverified intelligence report alleging that Donald Trump's…www.politico.com
Within hours, Buzzfeed had updated their site’s merch section to include “failing pile of garbage”-branded goods like bumper stickers and teeshirts. One item is a $49 trash can:
I called in senior Awl political correspondent Kelly Conaboy to discuss the decision to merchandise this moment with me. Is it a good burn? An okay burn? Here are the minutes from our meeting:
Kelly: seems crazy that they aren’t donating the money from this stuff
Christine: right like $49 for a trashcan and youre gonna……keep it?
what a fun joke!
Kelly: support uh independent journalism
There you have it. Just like Meryl Streep told us at the Golden Globes.
UPDATE: About an hour after this post went up, Buzzfeed added the following statement to their “Failing Pile of Garbage” merch: