BuzzFeed: We Refuse To Bake The GOP’s Pro-Trump Advertising Cake

BuzzFeed: We Refuse To Bake The GOP’s Pro-Trump Advertising Cake, by Mollie Hemingway.

BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti announced in an e-mail to staff on Monday that the company would be reneging on a $1.3 million contract it had signed with the Republican National Committee in April for political advertisements that would run prior to the 2016 election. …

The reasons given by Buzzfeed:

The tone and substance of his campaign are unique in the history of modern US politics. Trump advocates banning Muslims from traveling to the United States, he’s threatened to limit the free press, and made offensive statements toward women, immigrants, descendants of immigrants, and foreign nationals. …

We don’t run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won’t accept Trump ads for the exact same reason.

So if conscientious objections are ok for Buzzfeed, a huge PC social media site, why don’t Christian bakers who are being asked to cater a gay wedding have the same right? (See Christian Bakers Fight Back After Being Forced to Pay Nearly $137,000 for Refusing Gay Wedding Cake.)

“This BuzzFeed Trump thing is another indication that the paradigm of Right vs Left is dead and is replaced with that of Right vs Wrong.”

In a way, the rise of the Trump phenomenon is best explained by things like this BuzzFeed move. Journalists have been building permission structures that enable them to treat conservatives like pariahs. They have failed to feature, much less explain, multiple sides of contentious topics. They have treated journalism like a means to push an agenda, instead of to report and encourage civil discussion. They have behaved as bullies. …

Nobody cares if BuzzFeed says “No, really, this guy is beyond the pale,” because journalists said that about Mitt Romney. MITT ROMNEY. They have treated every Republican politician to the right of Olympia Snowe as dangerous and unhinged.

Is Buzzfeed biased?

If you’re worried that this will skew coverage of Trump by BuzzFeed’s news division, Peretti insists that there’s a “wall” between the editorial and publishing sides of the site that’ll spare the news writers from business pressures. That’s standard industry practice, but news editor Ben Smith told his staff last December that, while appearances of partisanship must be avoided, it’s perfectly fine to call Trump a “mendacious racist” in social media postings because he is, in fact, a mendacious racist.