The makers of fake news got their panties all in a bunch over a tweet from President Donald Trump remarking on the announced layoffs at Huffington Post and BuzzFeed News.
Taking to Twitter, the president suggested “bad journalism” was a contributing factor to the layoffs and reminded media outlets that “people want the truth.”
He tweeted: “Ax falls quickly at BuzzFeed and Huffpost!” Headline, New York Post. Fake News and bad journalism have caused a big downturn. Sadly, many others will follow. The people want the Truth!”
More on the layoffs from The New York Post:
Digital publishers BuzzFeed and Verizon’s HuffPost have wasted no time in implementing the cuts they said were coming earlier this week to accommodate the new financial realities. […]
HuffPost’s parent company, Verizon, said it was chopping 7 percent of the personnel in the Media Group, which also includes Yahoo and AOL. The cuts total about 1,000 people.
BuzzFeed is smaller, but the cuts of about 250 people, or 15 percent of the work force, were implemented almost as soon as they were announced.
To the surprise of no one, many in the media twisted the meaning of Trump’s tweet to condemn him for mocking those who lost their jobs and to claim he was “happy” about the layoffs.
A few samples of the manufactured outrage:
What a disgusting thing to say about dozens of American workers who just lost their jobs. https://t.co/hSnRD5NtpF
— Ben Smith (@benyt) January 26, 2019
A lot of good people are now trying to figure out how to make rent or mortgage payments. Unlike you, they didn’t get massive cash infusions from their daddy. Shame https://t.co/TT9z0iZPJg
— Eli Lake (@EliLake) January 26, 2019
A president is happy that people are out of work https://t.co/uX008VbTdC
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) January 26, 2019
Of course, those crying crocodile tears over the misfortune of friends and colleagues are among the same group that regularly looks the other way as U.S. citizens are cut down in their prime or otherwise victimized by illegal immigrants. The same group that forever exposed its inherent bias while unleashing on Catholic high school boys over a non-incident.
And we need not remind readers that in addition to BuzzFeed News publishing the unverified Russian dossier, the media outlet reported last week that Trump instructed former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, an impeachable offense. The claim prompted special counsel Robert Mueller’s office to come forward and deny the accuracy of the report.
An astute social media user responded to BuzzFeed’ Ben Smith to note that President Trump “actually laments” that people are out of work and reminded those lashing out that their actions are a “great example” of why journalists are being fired:
He’s right, and telling the truth is never disgusting. In his tweet, he even acknowledges “sadly, many more will follow.” He actually laments that the people have lost their jobs and more will follow. Your tweet is a great example of why journos are being fired.
— Steve Bussey (@Steve_Bussey) January 26, 2019
There wasn’t a whole lot of sympathy online for those who worked in an industry that has dedicated the better part of the past 2 years trying to destroy the president.
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
Buzzfeed, HuffPo, Weekly Standard. They all hate Trump and they've all sunken like the Titanic.
Will the fake news, mainstream media ever catch a clue?
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) January 26, 2019
Stories have shades of grey. It happens sometimes.
— Anil Pillai (@bloggerpillai) January 27, 2019
While true, we’re talking about an organization that publishes stories so fake that Mueller’s office itsrlf was forced to rebuke.
Buzzfeed’s fate was sealed by years of poor ethics & standards of journalism as an organization.
Huffpost’s entire business model was unsustsinable.
— Plif! l #StarWars #EpisodeIX A #Hoojib Story (@Genghistwelve) January 27, 2019
He’s spot on. Junk journalism is being found out.
— The Robbo (@juniorgunit65) January 27, 2019
… and it couldn’t have happened to a more perfect group of people… ?
— Trapped Signal ???? (@TrappedSignal) January 27, 2019
People lose jobs every day – awful that these journalists lost their jobs but they’re not more important than anyone else. The narcissism of journos is appalling
— Alex Goldstein (@agoldst23) January 27, 2019
But a whole lot of guys went back to work at a steel mill in Ohio that hadn’t been open in a decade. Maybe those guys could go apply . Best time in our nations history to be job hunting .
— Harry Parker (@RaidersHLP) January 27, 2019
Perhaps they may find work as fiction writers and gossip columnists, areas in which they’ve already proven themselves worthy.
— kevin (@djkdchip) January 27, 2019
He really SHOULD be nicer to the people who’ve tried to destroy him for the past 3 years with lies, half truths and innuendo.
— Geoffrey Pereira (@PolAdIntel14) January 26, 2019
Buzzfeed actively participated in, and was a key component in, a Schiff/media plot to initiate impeachment proceedings. What do you think he’s going to say?
— BV (@vt2tamu) January 26, 2019
Now they know, fake news don’t pay mortgage ?
— Kalia27 (@kalia273) January 26, 2019
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