BuzzFeed's President Donated $10,000 to the DNC Two Weeks Before BuzzFeed Canceled Its Ad Deal With the RNC 

Gabrielle Bluestone · 07/22/16 04:45PM

According to hacked DNC emails published by Wikileaks, BuzzFeed president Greg Coleman made a $10,000 donation to the Democratic National Committee on May 23 for an event hosted by BuzzFeed chairman Ken Lerer and attended by President Obama—just two weeks before BuzzFeed’s advertising department canceled a $1.3 million ad deal with the Republican National Committee.

Congrats on Making That Stanford Rape Story Go Mega-Vi, Content Creators

Kelly Stout · 06/07/16 02:04PM

After Elena Kadvany, a writer for the local site Palo Alto Online, published the moving letter a sexual assault survivor read aloud in court to the man who raped her, BuzzFeed writer Katie J. M. Baker also published the letter for BuzzFeed’s much larger audience. It was a worthwhile way to use a huge platform, which Baker did with skill and sensitivity. Millions read it, including me, millions were moved, including me, and the appealing justice of “awareness” was served.

Facebook Live Stopped Working Before BuzzFeed’s Facebook Live Interview with Obama Even Began

J.K. Trotter · 05/16/16 03:30PM

On Friday, Gawker reported that YouTube and Facebook would simultaneously livestream BuzzFeed’s live interview with the President of the United States, which took place today at 2:50 p.m. But it turns out that only the former service was able to hold up their end of the bargain. As you can see in the video below, Facebook Live abruptly stopped working before the interview even began.

Internet Video Views Is A 100 Percent Bullshit Metric

Kevin Draper · 05/09/16 09:10AM

We are, right now, in the midst of a digital media upheaval. What was previously conventional wisdom—that a media company with hopes of turning a profit needs, above all, to achieve scale—is being proven false. The new conventional wisdom is that video will be digital media’s savior, but it is only a matter of time before this is proven false too.

BuzzFeed Got a Haircut

J.K. Trotter · 04/12/16 03:05PM

Last Friday, the media industry toasted BuzzFeed for successfully drawing the attention of nearly 800,000 Facebook users to a livestream of two employees wrapping hundreds of rubber bands around a watermelon until the fruit exploded. The gambit capped another quarter of widespread confidence in BuzzFeed’s business model, which sells native advertising against a mix of silly listicles and enterprise reporting published on an ever-increasing number of third-party platforms, with everything heavily underwritten by periodic injections of venture capital.

The New York Times Refuses to Release Recording of Donald Trump’s (Off-the-Record) Comments on Immigration

J.K. Trotter · 02/29/16 03:28PM

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith has an inside baseball report about a January 5 meeting between Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and the editorial board of The New York Times. According to Smith, many Times employees believe Trump conveyed to the paper—during a portion of the meeting deemed off-the-record —that his extreme policy positions on immigration are more flexible than he’s publicly admitted. Still, the Times refuses to release a transcript of the meeting, or even discuss Trump’s off-the-record comments:

The Unlikely True International Story of the Man Called Orange Brother

Christopher Beam · 11/25/15 01:03PM

Li Hongjun did not usually take selfies. But out in the orange grove, he was not in his usual state of mind. It was early February, and the lunar New Year was approaching. It’s considered good luck to set out a bowl of oranges during the Chinese holiday, so Li, figuring he could use some luck, decided to buy some for his restaurant, the Jade Tea Farmhouse, located on a dusty road in little-known Wuhua County, population 1.3 million, in Guangdong Province.

Buzzfeed Screws Up Its Calling Out of the New York Times Screwing Up

Jordan Sargent · 11/24/15 12:30PM

We in the media love nothing more than to call out our colleagues for fucking up, which means that this morning turned out to be a great one for me, since I get to make fun of a competitor for bungling its pointing out of a mistake made by another competitor.