BuzzFeed and HuffPo Just Got Hit with the Karma Stick and We Are HERE for It
A Catholic school in Kentucky had to shut down this week due to hundreds of death threats, because a bunch of self-described journalists spread a disgusting smear that they were too lazy to check out for themselves. Pardon me if I don't weep for those guardians of truth less than a week later, as they pack up their desks.
BuzzFeed has announced that it plans to lay off 15 percent of its overall workforce next week. In a message to employees on Wednesday, CEO Jonah Peretti explained that although revenue has grown rapidly, "unfortunately, revenue growth by itself isn't enough to be successful in the long run..."
BuzzFeed says it employs about 1,450 people and has offices in 18 cities around the world. More than 200 people across the company are expected to lose their jobs in the coming round of layoffs — just over a year after another restructuring effort resulted in about 100 lost jobs, mostly on the business side of its operations.
The Huffington Post is also laying off a bunch of people, as is the Gannett newspaper chain. Even DC Comics is laying people off this week. It's a tough time for the publishing industry.
I'm not glad to hear about anybody who works for a living getting laid off. It's happened to me before, it'll probably happen to me again, and I don't wish it on anybody. But if it needs to happen, there's one subset within this group of unemployed scribblers who have not earned my sympathy: Anybody who joined the mob against those Covington Catholic kids.
A lot of the people who just got laid off have spent the past week railing against those kids. Here's just one of the many, many examples:
— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) January 25, 2019
There you are just minding your own business, rage-mobbing a group of children, and 48 hours later you're out on your ass. No good deed goes unpunished, huh?
Sorry to pick on that guy, but... damn. If that were me, if my karma were that instant, I might take some time to think about the life decisions that brought me to that point.
Some of these "journalists" stopped tormenting those kids when the truth came out. Some of them have pivoted and are now coming up with different angles of attack. And maybe some of them have learned something from their enormous mistake with very serious real-world consequences. Anything's possible, I guess.
But this is going to follow that kid for the rest of his life. He's always going to be the "Racist MAGA Hat Kid." Our betters haven't stopped Trump, but at least they showed that guy.