NYT Cheers ‘Return of the Media Gatekeepers’ to Squash Hunter Stories
October 26th, 2020 6:05 PM
Published online Sunday night for Monday’s print edition, New York Times media columnist Ben Smith penned a toast to the Wall Street Journal’s news division for having sunk its long-rumored story about Hunter Biden’s business dealings as “the return of the media gatekeepers.” And thus, legacy media types have regained control to keep we, the uncivilized and uneducated peons not…
Stelter Insists Media Acts in 'Good Faith,' As He Proves He Doesn't
May 25th, 2020 10:44 AM
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter said something fascinating on his show Sunday. He complained to New York Times media columnist Ben Smith that "I don't know how to show folk that journalists are mostly acting in good faith. Here's how a show allegedly focused on journalism fails to show good faith. Stelter had on a writer from The Atlantic to discuss the coronavirus and never…
NY Times Media Columnist Wonders Why Tara Reade's Not on TV (Bias)
May 2nd, 2020 9:22 PM
Recently appointed New York Times media columnist Ben Smith has hit the ground running. Unlike his predecessor Jim Rutenberg, Smith manages to find alternatives to attacking Fox News again and again. On Friday he dove in to the lack of press time for Tara Reader, who has accused probable Democratic nominee Joe Biden of sexual assault: “Why Won’t Television News Put the Accuser on the…
Save the Media!
April 2nd, 2020 2:55 PM
I confess to a certain self-interest in today's column. The media, especially newspapers, are in trouble. Conservatives like myself have been relentless in attacking their collective bias over the years, but as more of them fold or reduce staff, it is crucial the institution be saved. Margaret Sullivan, a columnist for The Washington Post, has suggested that federal bailout money should be…
Column: Railing Against the Fox Virus?
March 27th, 2020 6:29 AM
The extra-large pack of journalists who equate liberalism and professionalism in their work product cannot stand that Fox News exists. They believe everything elected Republicans do should be effectively “fact checked” and routinely punished. For Democrats, the elite media offer damage control; for Republicans, only damage. The onset of coronavirus is simply another occasion for…
NYT: Trump Coronavirus Briefings We Wanted Could Be 'Dangerous'
March 26th, 2020 6:51 PM
The New York Times is using the coronavirus pandemic to condemn its favorite targets, Fox News and Donald Trump, even suggesting the networks shouldn’t air Trump’s coronavirus press briefings. Media reporter Michael Grynbaum fretted, “Trump’s Briefings Are a Ratings Hit. Should Networks Cover Them Live? -- The president’s viewership has rivaled the audiences for hit…
NYTimes Spouts Pro-China Spin: ‘Now Is Not’ Time to Criticize Regime
March 23rd, 2020 6:30 PM
Monday’s New York Times once again spun hard for the Chinese Communist regime whose suppression of health warnings allowed the coronavirus crisis to spread, in an article posing as an even-handed assessment of U.S.-China friction: “Confrontation Is Winning Out Over Cooperation in Face of a Pandemic." The reporters gave China’s regime wiggle room, even when Trump laid out…
On CNN, Buzzfeed Defends Dubious Report With Shady Deflections
January 20th, 2019 2:07 PM
Buzzfeed News got into hot water over the weekend, after the Special Counsel’s Office issued a rare public rebuke regarding the outlet’s claim President Trump directed his attorney to lie to Congress. Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and co-author of the dubious piece Anthony Cormier appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” to defend themselves and “to talk about process…
BuzzFeed, HuffPost Object to the Daily Caller at Facebook Meeting
July 17th, 2018 3:07 PM
Liberal news sources appear to have a problem with more than just InfoWars: now they’re going after the Daily Caller. According to The Wall Street Journal, during an off-the-record meeting with Facebook last week, editors from BuzzFeed and HuffPost took offense to even including the Daily Caller in the meeting.
Buzzfeed Editor Slams Fox News: ‘Crazier' Than Facebook's Fake News
January 30th, 2018 11:49 AM
Journalists and CEOs from the leaders in the liberal media gathered last night at New York University for a panel discussion on the evolving media landscape, entitled: Media, Fake News, and the New Generation of Informed Citizens. Maggie Haberman from the New York Times, Ben Smith from Buzzfeed, Andy Lack of NBC News, and Richard Plepler of HBO were the major panelists, along with Axios CEO Jim…
BuzzFeed Responds to NYC Terror Attack: 'Ban Cars from Big Cities'
November 4th, 2017 9:35 AM
A BuzzFeed columnist has declared that "Cars don’t belong on the streets of big cities, and we should do everything in our power to get rid of them." We've seen this idea proposed by environmentalists from time to time based on "climate change," and by urban planners in the name of creating a few blocks of open space, but Jessie Singer's advocacy of a total…
NBC/MSNBC Creates Its Own (Liberal) Media Reporting Unit
September 15th, 2017 9:10 PM
NBC News has announced it will create a more formal media-news unit (like CNN’s) as media “credibility is under attack.” New York Post media writer Claire Atkinson will head the unit, but the remaining names look pretty liberal, starting with Fox News-busting Gabriel Sherman and BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith, who can’t find anyone in the media who sounds like a liberal…
Buzzfeed's Ben Smith: Journalists Aren't 'Political Activists'
May 6th, 2017 10:42 AM
In a segment on media bias on his Wednesday evening Fox News show, there was an interesting juxtaposition between host Tucker Carlson's short opening flashback to a conversation with Reuters reporter and White House Correspondents Association President Jeff Mason at Reuters and the live conversation he had with Buzzfeed Editor Ben Smith. Smith incredibly insisted that "people don't…
Stelter Denies ‘Crusading’ Against Trump, But Rallies Were 'Poison'
April 26th, 2017 5:43 PM
Appearing on BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith’s podcast released Wednesday, CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter covered a number of topics, including the touting of his gooey Washington Post profile, knocking Trump rallies as “poison,” denying that he’s been “freaked out” over this Trump era, and the admirable joy he has for becoming a father…