Disclaimer: I’m not a very big fan of BuzzFeed. Mostly because they’re in the business of running interference for the Obama administration, such as when they “scooped” Breitbart.com on the video of a young Barack Obama praising
black supremacist “critical race theory” inventor Derrick Bell. BuzzFeed’s “scoop,” oddly enough, was that the video wasn’t news. Back in the old days, reporters told you what the news was. BuzzFeed tells you what the news isn’t. At least when that news might reflect badly on the Democrat in the White House.
Oh, and I also don’t like them because their hacks lie about me and refuse to correct the record.
So I’ve had a good week, enjoying the schadenfreude as BuzzFeeders embarrass themselves again and again. First, BuzzFeed reporter McKay Coppins wrote a trend piece about leftist media figures becoming gun enthusiasts, and the subjects of the piece straight-up accused Coppins of lying. Blue-on-blue violence!
Then, another one of their fine reporters, Michael Hastings, admitted being completely in the tank for President Barack Obama. In a new e-book about covering the 2012 campaign, Hastings writes the following about the time he and his fellow impartial journalists were graced with presence of The One in a social setting:
“The behavior of the assembled press corps was telling. Everyone, myself included, swooned. Swooned! Head over heels. One or two might have even lost their minds… We were all, on some level, deeply obsessed with Obama, crushing hard, still a little love there. This was nerd heaven, a politico’s paradise, the subject himself moving among us — shaking our hands, slapping our shoulders!
“Did this inform our reporting, did seeing the man in the flesh, in a somewhat staged and casual setting, provide new, deep, and lasting insights? Yes, I would say, but again, I’m not at liberty to share.”
Okay, okay, so what if BuzzFeed is dishonest and biased? What separates them from the rest of their colleagues in the leftist media?
Well, this might be a new one:
I have to admit, that’s an argument for gay marriage I haven’t encountered before.
In case you can’t read that, what we have is a BuzzFeed staffer named Josh Fjelstad commenting on a BuzzFeed story about GOProud declaring support for gay marriage:
“WOW GOPROUD FINALLY CAME OUT IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGE. SO PROGRESSIVE. SO PROUD OF YOU. SUCK MY DICK.”
Then, presumably after breathing into a paper bag for a few minutes, Fjelstad clarified this highly nuanced stance:
“It appears my last tweet’s point was somehow unclear: I’m saying that it’s offensive how long it took GOProud to support GAY marriage.”
I can see why Fjelstad is so angry. Isn’t it infuriating when people don’t agree with you automatically and without question? Why should you need to persuade them? Who the hell do they think they are anyway, failing to comply immediately?
As I’ve been saying for months, the only person angrier than a liberal who just lost is a liberal who just won. Most of us would welcome our ideological opponents publicly agreeing with us on a hot-button issue, instead of screeching at them for daring to ever, ever show any doubt. Guess that’s because we’re crazy wingnuts.
Fjelstad has since deleted those tweets, probably by accident. Thanks to GOProud co-founder Chris Barron for preserving them. It’s important to chronicle the highly persuasive arguments of the smart kids.
(Hat tip: Viral Read)
Update: Back in July, the aforementioned Michael Hastings lobbed an anti-gay slur at Richard Grenell, and “BuzzFeed Ben” just laughed. It’s okay to hate gays, or women, or black people, or anybody else you want, as long as they’re conservatives.