Former Congressman and mayoral contender Anthony Weiner went after what he described as “policy jihadists,” the media and his opponents in an extended barroom interview this evening with BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith.
The sit-down, which spanned from serious to silly, gave Mr. Weiner–nursing a non-alcoholic milky-looking beverage to Mr. Smith’s beer–a rare chance to talk about something other than the sexting scandal that has consumed his campaign in recent weeks, sending his poll numbers plummeting.
Joel Anderson is leaving The Tampa Bay Times for BuzzFeed, where he will be a senior sports writer. Mr. Amderson, who covered sports for The Tampa Bay Times, has written about the college football national championship, the Final Four, and the National League Championship Series and was a college football benchwarmer at Texas Christian University.
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Yesterday, freelance writer Joe Veix submitted an article to BuzzFeed, titled “The 10 DUMBEST BuzzFeed Lists You’re EMBARRASSED To Say You CLICKED,” that parodied the site’s listicles. BuzzFeed soon removed the article, deeming it “mean-spirited.” (Joe Veix/Poynter)
An “insider” tells The Wrap that IAC is planning to sell Newsweek, and several potential buyers are “very interested.” (The Wrap)
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On Monday night, PBS aired an interview between Charlie Rose and President Barack Obama. Earlier that afternoon, PBS sent an email to some 50 news organizations with a transcript of the interview. The transcript was embargoed until 11 p.m., when the interview was scheduled to air on the network. It was sent as a courtesy, so that journalists could write stories about it ahead of time and be ready to publish as soon as the interview aired.
But not all recipients honored the embargo: BuzzFeed Politics published an excerpt of the transcript at 4 p.m., scooping Mr. Rose on his own interview.
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When BuzzFeed announced the launch of its new business vertical, many people skeptically wondered how a site that is known for its animal listicles would carve out space in the relatively straitlaced world of business reporting.
“People on Wall Street like to laugh, they have humor,” Peter Lauria, editor of Business Buzz, told Off the Record. “So I think being able to mix serious scoops, smart analysis and fun stuff together is a fun recipe that we have the ability to do that no one else does.”
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When people hear the traffic figures for big blogs and blog networks, they assume the sites must be swimming in money. How could they not be? With hundreds of millions, if not billions, of impressions annually, one would think that revenue would automatically follow.
But it doesn’t.
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Last winter, BuzzFeed got a pony. Well, technically it was a miniature horse named Mystic, and she came by for a visit one morning—a surprise treat for hitting a web-traffic goal. Sure, a cash bonus might have been more practical, but a little pony with pink ribbons in her mane and a tiny gold party hat that stuck up like a unicorn’s horn? So much cooler. And judging by the photos that employees quickly posted on Facebook and Twitter, Mystic’s visit was basically the best day ever. At least until the time she visited with a piglet and a tiny bandana-
wearing goat. Or the time Grumpy Cat—the famous cranky-looking feline—stopped by.
It was enough to make even a Google employee jealous. Not that Google’s New York offices don’t have their own enviably cool visitors—Stephen Colbert, Lang Lang and Toni Morrison, to name just a few. Employees also get razor scooters. And pool tables. And arcade games. And subsidized massages. And free gourmet meals. And a full-service, full-size dessert truck permanently parked on the eighth floor.
These days, visitors to a New York office are as likely to stumble into a game of Ping-Pong as they are to find suited workers shuffling through a grim landscape of carpet tile and cubicles. Thrillist has a kegerator; building-mate Foursquare has shuffleboard and a beer of the week. Etsy’s Dumbo headquarters blends homemade coziness and high-end design so masterfully it could make an Urban Outfitters executive weep.
BuzzFeed and The New Yorker couldn’t be more different, right? Well, what if you combined them? In honor (we assume) of the news of tech editor Matt Buchanan’s seemingly unlikely path from the Internet-friendly world of BuzzFeed to the prestige brand of The New Yorker, a hashtag has sprung up on Twitter to mash up the two sensibilities. Meet #BuzzFeedNewYorker.
Here are our nine of our favorites (in no particular order):
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I’ll be the bearer of bad news: the press that most publicists chase for clients isn’t really worth anything. There’s a good chance no one will actually see it. Except the client, that is. The flack will make damn sure of that.
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Noted political heavyweight (or parody Twitter feed) @Wise_Kaplan has decided to nominate BuzzFeed writer McKay Coppins for Mayor of New York.
Mr. Coppins, who covers the political beat, looks like he is down–or at least going with it. He changed his Twitter avatar to a campaign poster.
In the event of a Coppins capaign, we nominate @Wise_Kaplan to be his campaign manager. His tweets may not fly with more traditional mayoral hopefuls, but we think they strike the right note for a BuzzFeed candidate.