Media meanderings

Apr 23, 2015

In the latest awkward installment of the Gawker v. BuzzFeed bloodfeud (hypebole alert!), we give you J.K. Trotter's interview of Ben Smith and Jonah Peretti (1,000 rubbernecking shares and rising). "The stakes literally could not be lower in this BuzzFeed vs Gawker spat," carps NYT's Ryan McCarthy. Still, "[e]very time a journalist is pressed to explain their claim that they do 'reporting, not opinion,' cogency disappears," notes The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald, taking it to a serious level per usual. Ryan Jacobs with Pacific Standard Magazine offers a slightly different take: "this interview makes it seem as if BuzzFeed has the PR savvy of a drunken merry-go-round operator." Interesting visual! Newsday's Greg Emerson was a little kinder, commenting, "There's nothing wrong w @BuzzFeed being both ad agency & news org, but seems like Peretti, Smith haven't figured out the diff bet the two." Whereas Adam L. Penenberg at PandoDaily helpfully suggests, "Instead of relying on Gawker, Twitter and the interwebs to act as an ombudsman, Buzzfeed should hire one." Meanwhile, Upworthy's Amy O'Leary notices something else: "Six mentions of The New York Times in an interview that has nothing to do with The New York Times."

With that out of the way, we can turn your attention to The Players' Tribune's latest viral post: this powerful video and post from hockey player Daniel Carcillo on mental health issues in the sport (24,000 shares and every one deserved). "Kudos @CarBombBoom13, standing up for NHL players lost in fog of concussions /uncertainty, in name of Steve Montador," praises NYT sports reporter John Branch. As if those weren't enough details to make you click, it also featured the cutest baby ever (yes, we took a worldwide poll). Also, FCC staff are recommending a hearing on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger (1,000+). Oh, and Citigroup gave their recently invented word "grexit" the boot in favor of calling Greece's current state of being "grimbo" (200+). Regina George has some advice for you, Citigroup.

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