In defense of Buzzfeed
FTR I didn’t take an earlier post by Glenn Reynolds to be suggestive of a boycott. I thought he was simply pointing out what happens when an outlet is perceived as biased.
I’ve seen a head scratch-er or two from Buzzfeed lately, or maybe just more hits on the Right than Left that have been making me ponder any bias. But I also know, mainly from link trolls, they don’t only play one side of things. These below are from October 1 – 15 from Andrew Kaczynsk:
Joe Biden In 2007: “We Are Reaping What We Have Sown” On Katrina, Virginia Tech Shooting, Darfur Because Of The GOP
8 People Who Said Mitt Romney Lost The Election Before The Debates
White House Press Secretary In A Bind On Libya
Stephanie Cutter Says Libya Is A Political Topic “Because Of Mitt Romney And Paul Ryan”
Jay Carney: Biden Was Speaking About Himself, The President, And The White House, Not The Administration
Basically, they’re hits on the Left. I don’t know the guys there, or their minds. This isn’t defending a friend. But I wonder who pushes them things, or what sources they monitor. Maybe that’s behind any seeming lean. No idea and not going to dwell on it. I believe Zeke Miller has also done some good work I wouldn’t call biased, but I’m working from memory and never had much of one.
I don’t really feed them stuff, so I can’t say they’re either willing, or reluctant to pick up on Right-side memes. I also tend to ignore a lot of hits on the Right, as I prefer playing offense myself. So, perhaps my perception is off. But as evidenced by the links above, clearly they aren’t simply one-sided. If there’s any imbalance in what they do, perhaps it’s process and not thought process driven. I honestly don’t know.
But I’d prefer to raise it that way for now, hoping they might evaluate any issues internally, rather than brand them in a manner I don’t think they’ve yet earned. FWIW.