July 24, 2015

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A THEATER SHOOTING IN LOUISIANA AND THIS IS WHAT A BUZZFEED EDITOR TWEETS? JUST BIZARRE.

Not to mention a possible violation of the much vaunted BuzzFeed Editorial Standards And Ethics Guide, introduced in January:

On public activism:

But 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. If we don’t, it makes it harder for those reporters to do their jobs.

On political speech:

While we understand that many BuzzFeed editorial staffers are passionate and thoughtful and hold personal views on policy issues or candidates, we must maintain one blanket rule for all of editorial: Political partisanship may not be expressed in public forums, including Twitter and Facebook.

The lack of repercussions for Zarrell and the dissembling in defense of it by BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith will be fascinating to observe.

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