BuzzFeed News is an American news website published by BuzzFeed.
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BuzzFeed News began as a division of BuzzFeed in December 2011 with the appointment of Ben Smith as editor-in-chief. In 2013, Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Schoofs of ProPublica was hired as head of investigative reporting. By 2016, BuzzFeed had 20 investigative journalists. The British division of BuzzFeed News is headed by Janine Gibson, formerly of The Guardian. Notable coverage includes a 2012 partnership with the BBC on match-fixing in professional tennis, and inequities in the U.S. H-2 guest worker program, reporting of which won a National Magazine Award.
A 2017 study in the journal Journalism which compared news articles by BuzzFeed and The New York Times found that BuzzFeed largely follows established rules of journalism. Both publications predominantly used inverted pyramid news format, and journalists' opinions were absent from the majority of articles of both. Both BuzzFeed and the Times predominately covered government and politics, and predominantly used politicians, government, and law enforcement as sources. In contrast, BuzzFeed devoted more articles to social issues such as protests and LGBT issues, more frequently quoted ordinary people, less frequently covered crime and terrorism, and had fewer articles focusing on negative aspects of an issue.
BuzzFeed states in its editorial guide that "we firmly believe that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women's rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, there are not two sides" but goes on to state that "when it comes to activism, BuzzFeed editorial must follow the lead of our editors and reporters who come out of a tradition of rigorous, neutral journalism that puts facts and news first." Some commentators have criticized BuzzFeed's editorial guide as internally inconsistent, arguing that BuzzFeed cannot make claims to be neutral while also endorsing positions on controversial political issues.
The media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting found that in 100 Buzzfeed stories about Barack Obama in 2016 (most from Buzzfeed News, but also from the general BuzzFeed site), 65 were positive, 35 were neutral, and one was critical. The report called Buzzfeed's coverage of Obama "creepy" and "almost uniformly uncritical and often sycophantic".
On January 10, 2017, CNN reported on the existence of classified documents that claimed Russia had compromising personal and financial information about President-elect Donald Trump. Trump and President Barack Obama had both been briefed on the content of the dossier the previous week. CNN did not publish the dossier, or any specific details of the dossier, as they could not be verified. Later the same day, BuzzFeed published a 35-page dossier nearly in-full. BuzzFeed said that the dossier was unverified and "includes some clear errors". The dossier had been read widely by political and media figures in Washington, and previously been sent to multiple journalists who had declined to publish it as unsubstantiated. The next day, Trump responded, calling the website a "failing pile of garbage" during a news conference. The publication of the dossier was also met with criticism from, among others, CNN reporter Jake Tapper, who called it irresponsible. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith defended the site's decision to publish the dossier.
BuzzFeed faced at least two lawsuits as a result of publishing the dossier. In February 2017, Aleksej Gubarev, the Russian chief of the technology company XBT, and a figure named in the dossier, sued BuzzFeed for defamation. The suit centered on the allegations from the dossier that XBT had been "using botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct 'altering operations' against the Democratic Party leadership". In response, BuzzFeed redacted the name of the company and official in its published dossier. In May 2017, Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven, and German Khan – the owners of Alfa Bank – filed a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed for publishing the unverified dossier, which alleged financial ties and collusion between Putin, Trump, and the three bank owners. In January 2018, one year after the dossier became public, Trump's lawyer Michael D. Cohen, who was also named in the dossier, filed a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed. The same day, Ben Smith again defended the publication in a New York Times op-ed, calling it "undoubtedly real news". In February 2018, BuzzFeed sued the Democratic National Committee to obtain their internal investigation documents regarding the hack of their server during the presidential campaign in order for the journal to better defend itself against Gubarev's lawsuit. In April 2018, Cohen dropped his defamation suit.
An exposé by BuzzFeed published on October 5, 2017 documented how Breitbart News solicited story ideas and copy edits from white supremacists and neo-Nazis, with Milo Yiannopoulos acting as an intermediary. Yiannopoulos and other Breitbart employees developed and marketed the values and tactics of these groups, attempting to make them palatable to a broader audience. In the article, BuzzFeed senior technology reporter Joseph Bernstein wrote that Breitbart actively fed from the "most hate-filled, racist voices of the alt-right" and helped to normalize the American far right.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes called the article "one of the best reported pieces of the year". The Columbia Journalism Review described the story as a scrupulous, months-long project and "the culmination of years of reporting and source-building on a beat that few thought much about until Donald Trump won the presidential election."
On October 29, 2017, BuzzFeed published the original story in which actor Anthony Rapp accused actor Kevin Spacey of making sexual advances toward him at a party in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. Subsequently, numerous other men alleged that Spacey had sexually harassed or assaulted them. As a result, Netflix indefinitely suspended production of Spacey's TV series House of Cards, and opted to not release his film Gore on their service, which was in post-production at the time. Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott's film All the Money in the World, which was six weeks from release.
On January 17, 2019, BuzzFeed published an article in which the authors accused Trump of ordering his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about the timing of a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The article states that Trump was given updates by Cohen at least ten times and cites texts, messages, and emails as sources. In the day following the release of the report, many prominent democrats called for impeachment if the accusations were true, including former attorney general Eric Holder.
BuzzFeed News received a 2016 National Magazine Award in the category of Public Interest. Other awards won by BuzzFeed journalists include 2014 and 2016 National Press Foundation awards, 2015 Sidney Award, 2017 British Journalism Award, and 2018 George Polk Award. In addition, Buzzfeed News staff were finalists for the 2017 and 2018 Pulitzer Prizes in International Reporting, and 2016 and 2018 Online Journalism Awards. Buzzfeed News was a finalist for the 2018 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. BuzzFeed News is a member of the White House press corps.
Anthony Cormier is an award-winning American journalist with BuzzFeed News, and formerly with the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Cormier was a co-recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.Audie Cornish
Audie N. Cornish is an American journalist and a current co-host of NPR's All Things Considered and BuzzFeed News' Profile.Ben Smith (journalist)
Benjamin Eli Smith (born 1976) is an American journalist. He is the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News.Borzou Daragahi
Borzou Daragahi (born c. 1969) is an Iranian-American print and radio journalist, who is International Correspondent for The Independent. He was previously a correspondent for BuzzFeed News and The Financial Times. He served also as Baghdad bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.
A U.S. citizen of Iranian descent, Daragahi was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of Iraq and led the bureau that was named a 2007 Pulitzer finalist for its Iraq coverage. He was also named a 2010 Pulitzer finalist for his coverage of the 2009 election unrest in Iran. He has covered Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the wider Middle East. Before joining the Los Angeles Times in 2005, he was a freelance journalist for a number of publications and radio outlets, including the Newark, N.J. Star-Ledger. He also contributed to the Marketplace radio program. He covered the build-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq for the Associated Press.
After 4½ years in Iraq, Daragahi moved on in 2007 to a new assignment in Beirut. On April 10, 2007, The L.A. Times started publishing a front page memoir of his time in Iraq. The article describes the tactics used by reporters working under potentially lethal conditions, and provides personal insight into the effects of terror and stress on those working in combat zones.
In September 2011, Daragahi became the Cairo-based Middle East and North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. In April 2015, Daragahi joined BuzzFeed News as a new Middle East reporter. He joined The Independent in September 2018.
He is a 1987 alumnus of Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Ill.BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed, Inc. is an American Internet media, news and entertainment company with a focus on digital media; it is based in New York City. BuzzFeed was founded in 2006 by Jonah Peretti and John S. Johnson III, to focus on tracking viral content. Kenneth Lerer, co-founder and chairman of The Huffington Post, started as a co-founder and investor in BuzzFeed and is now the executive chairman, as well.
Originally known for online quizzes, "listicles", and pop culture articles, the company has grown into a global media and technology company, providing coverage on a variety of topics including politics, DIY, animals, and business. In late 2011, BuzzFeed hired Ben Smith of Politico as editor-in-chief, to expand the site into serious journalism, long-form journalism, and reportage. After years of investment in investigative journalism, BuzzFeed News had by 2018 won the National Magazine Award and the George Polk Award, and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Michael Kelly Award.Despite BuzzFeed's entrance into serious journalism, a 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that in the United States, BuzzFeed was viewed as an unreliable source by the majority of respondents, regardless of age or political affiliation. BuzzFeed News has since moved to its own domain rather than exist as a section of the main BuzzFeed website.Chris Geidner
Christopher Geidner is an American journalist and blogger. He is the former legal editor at the online news organization BuzzFeed News.Follow This
Follow This is an American documentary television series produced by BuzzFeed. The show was released on Netflix on August 23, 2018. Netflix ordered 20 episodes for the show, initially releasing the first 7 episodes in August 2018, with 7 more episodes in September and 6 more episodes in November 2018.Each episode of the show focuses on a different topic, with episode subjects including intersex, "men's rights", and ASMR. Episodes are hosted by BuzzFeed reporters.In January 2019, Netflix decided not to order a second season of the show.I Admit (R. Kelly song)
"I Admit" is a 19-minute song by American singer R. Kelly. It was self-released on SoundCloud on July 23, 2018. The song addresses the singer's sex scandals and allegations. "I Admit" was written by Kelly, and produced by Kelly and Noc. The release of "I Admit" followed a 2017 BuzzFeed News investigative report that alleged that Kelly operated a "sex cult", and a 2018 boycott of Kelly backed by Time's Up. In "I Admit", Kelly makes a number of confessions, including that he is dyslexic, that he has been sexually unfaithful, and that he was raped. Kelly does not make any criminal admissions, but instead denies allegations of domestic violence and pedophilia. The lyrics rebuke Jim DeRogatis for his investigative report on BuzzFeed News, and disavow the report's allegations that Kelly is in charge of a "sex cult".
Critics reviewed "I Admit" unfavorably. Some reviewers contrasted the title with the lack of criminal admissions in the lyrics, and described the song as an act of trolling. The song was compared to Kelly's rap opera Trapped in the Closet and O. J. Simpson's book If I Did It. Reviewers noted that Kelly's lyrics more closely resemble a self-defense than an admission or mea culpa. The release of "I Admit" led to a response from DeRogatis, who defended his journalism in two interviews. R. Kelly's ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, and brother, Carey Killa Kelly, released songs in response to "I Admit" that contain additional allegations against R. Kelly. The song also attracted criticism on social media.Jason Leopold
Jason Arthur Leopold (born October 7, 1969) is an American senior investigative reporter for BuzzFeed News. He was previously an investigative reporter for Al Jazeera America and Vice News. He worked at Truthout as a senior editor and reporter, a position he left after three years on February 19, 2008, to co-found the web-based political magazine The Public Record, Leopold's profile page on The Public Record now says he is Editor-at-Large. Leopold returned to Truthout as Deputy Managing Editor in October 2009 and was made lead investigative reporter in 2012.Leopold has written stories on BP, Enron, the California Energy Crisis, the Bush administration's torture policies, and the Plame affair. His pieces have been published in The Guardian, Asia Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS MarketWatch, The Nation, and Utne Reader. He has also written about foreign and domestic policy online for publications such as The Guardian, Alternet, CounterPunch, Common Dreams, The Huffington Post, Political Affairs Magazine, The Raw Story, Scoop, ZNet and others.John Paczkowski
John Paczkowski (born August 10, 1969) is an American journalist and blogger who authored the technology blog Good Morning Silicon Valley for Knight Ridder and The San Jose Mercury News from 1999 to 2007. He's a graduate of Brown University.
Of Paczkowski, venture capitalist Paul Kedrosky said, "(he) is quietly creating the most drily funny oeuvre of tech-related commentary anywhere. He is cheerfully adept at sticking in the knife, catching executives speaking sweet nothings, and generally providing much-needed context for the silliness that passes for Silicon Valley speak."
In January 2006, Paczkowski announced his retirement as Good Morning Silicon Valley's editor to take a position working with Wall Street Journal reporters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher on AllThingsD.com, an online extension of the duo's annual D: All Things Digital conference.
In May 2007, Paczkowski was incorrectly named as the anonymous author of the Fake Steve Jobs Blog - a spoof diary of Apple's founder. The blog is actually authored by Daniel Lyons.
In February 2015, Paczkowski stepped down as Deputy Managing Editor at Re/code to manage the San Francisco bureau of BuzzFeed News. He is currently the site's tech editor.Midas Touch (book)
Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich — And Why Most Don't is a non-fiction book about personal finance, co-authored by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki. The book was published in hardcover format in 2011. The coauthors became familiar with each other through mutual work at The Learning Annex, and The Art of the Deal. Trump was impressed by Kiyosaki's writing success with Rich Dad Poor Dad. The coauthors then wrote Why We Want You to be Rich together in 2006, and followed it up with Midas Touch in 2011.
Trump and Kiyosaki intersperse financial lessons with personal anecdotes from their respective careers. They elaborate on points previously raised in Why We Want You to be Rich, and criticize a dearth of financial literacy education in the U.S. system. The authors warn of the middle-class squeeze and the harm this will cause to the American middle class. They praise entrepreneurship and advise aspiring business owners to embrace failure and learn from it. Trump and Kiyosaki end the book by extolling the economic benefits of immigration to the United States.The book received a positive review from Publishers Weekly, which called Trump and Kiyosaki, "the gold standard of the entrepreneurial spirit". The review called the book a "galvanizing narrative", and "an impassioned argument for business self-actualization". Kirkus Reviews praised the combination of Trump and Kiyosaki, "the authors complement each other surprisingly well". In its overall assessment, Kirkus Reviews concluded the book was "Serviceable but undermined by its political proselytizing." The Intercept called multi-level marketing a form of pyramid scheme and lamented the authors' recommendation of the tactic. Both BuzzFeed News and Business Insider contrasted advice in the book with messages from the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016.Million Dollar Extreme
Million Dollar Extreme (MDE) is an American sketch comedy troupe. They are known for their online videos, anti-comedy, and public pranks. The members are Sam Hyde, Charls Carroll, and Nick Rochefort.Miriam Elder
Miriam Elder is an American journalist who is foreign and national security editor for BuzzFeed News. She was formerly The Guardian's Moscow-based correspondent. Her writings have been published by The Sunday Telegraph, The Atlantic, the Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Moscow Times.
Elder is a native New Yorker, and resided in Moscow from 2006 to 2013. She is a graduate of Barnard College, and holds an MA in strategic studies and international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She covered Russian news and affairs for Agence France Presse from 2002–2003, and worked for the International Herald Tribune in Paris, France before moving to Moscow.Elder was the first Western journalist to report on the Russian punk rock collective Pussy Riot. In April 2012, while the newspaper's Moscow correspondent, Elder wrote an article in The Guardian critical of what she described as the epitome of Russian bureaucracy, stemming from an incident in which she attempted to retrieve her dry-cleaning after losing her ticket. The article prompted a response from Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who in a letter to The Guardian mocked Elder for her story and countered with a comparison to the bureaucratic difficulties Russians face when applying for British visas. Elder alleged his response was evidence of a return to Soviet-era whataboutism, and criticized Peskov for choosing to respond to a story on dry cleaning rather than the work she had done on corruption or the murder of Anna Politkovskaya.Nancy Youssef
Nancy A. Youssef is an American journalist currently working as a national security correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. She was previously a national security correspondent for The Daily Beast, Buzzfeed News, and McClatchy Newspapers.NewsPunch
NewsPunch is a Los Angeles-based fake news website that frequently spreads conspiracy theories and political misinformation mixed in with real news stories. Originally named Your News Wire, it was founded in 2014 by Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway. In November 2018, it rebranded itself as NewsPunch, and began redirecting yournewswire.com traffic to newspunch.com.A 2017 Buzzfeed News report identified NewsPunch as being the second-largest source of popular fake stories spread on Facebook that year, and a June 2018 Poynter analysis identified NewsPunch as being debunked over 80 times in 2017 & 2018 by Poynter-accredited factcheckers such as Snopes, FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, and the Associated Press.The European Union's East StratCom Task Force has criticized NewsPunch for spreading Russian propaganda, a charge Adl-Tabatabai denies.Regular contributors to NewsPunch include Adl-Tabatabai, a former BBC and MTV employee from London previously employed by professional conspiracy theorist David Icke, Adl-Tabatabai's mother Carol Adl, an alternative health practitioner, and Baxter Dmitry, who had previously been posing as an unrelated Latvian man using a stolen profile photo.Profile (2018 TV series)
Profile is an American web television talk show hosted by Audie Cornish that premiered on July 22, 2018, on Facebook Watch.Shani Hilton
Shani Olisa Hilton (born 1986) is the executive editor at BuzzFeed News.Tbh (app)
tbh was an anonymous social media app available in the United States, designed for high school students. The app was launched by Nikita Bier, Erik Hazzard, Kyle Zaragoza, and Nicolas Ducdodon in September 2017 Investors included Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Founders Fund, Semyon Dukach, Bee Partners, Dorm Room Fund, and American serial entrepreneur and investor Wayne Chang.
In October 2017, tbh was ranked #1 in the U.S. App Store and Facebook subsequently acquired the company for an estimated $100 million. tbh became one of the company's brands, alongside Facebook.com, WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Oculus VR. However, On July 2, 2018, Facebook announced that tbh would be discontinued, due to low usage.In August 2018, Buzzfeed News acquired a confidential memo in which the app's founders explained how they used Instagram to target teenagers at specific schools, playing to their curiosity and timing their messages to take advantage of the end of the school day.World Wide Fund for Nature
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961, working in the field of the wilderness preservation, and the reduction of human impact on the environment. It was formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in Canada and the United States.WWF is the world's largest conservation organization with over five million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100 countries, supporting around 1,300 conservation and environmental projects. They have invested over $1 billion in more than 12,000 conservation initiatives since 1995. WWF is a foundation with 55% of funding from individuals and bequests, 19% from government sources (such as the World Bank, DFID, USAID) and 8% from corporations in 2014.WWF aims to "stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature." The Living Planet Report is published every two years by WWF since 1998; it is based on a Living Planet Index and ecological footprint calculation. In addition, WWF has launched several notable worldwide campaigns including Earth Hour and Debt-for-Nature Swap, and its current work is organized around these six areas: food, climate, freshwater, wildlife, forests, and oceans.WWF has been accused by BuzzFeed News, Kathmandu Post, the Rainforest Foundation Fund and Survival International of protecting paramilitary forces funded by the organization to fight poaching that have engaged in human rights abuses despite an internal report acknowledging them in 2015. They have attacked African and South Asian villages, torturing, raping, and killing villagers. Investigators also revealed that the WWF actively engaged in cover ups and lobbied to release rangers when they were arrested.