Buzzfeed News had quite an embarrassing start to the week. The left-wing website had to issue a significant correction to a previous tweet and story that suggested an anti-semitic criminal was inspired by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who is Jewish.
Nolan Brewer was recently sentenced to three years in prison for graffitiing a synagogue with swastikas and Iron Crosses.
In a tweet, Buzzfeed suggested that Brewer told authorities that his radicalization came from reading authors like Ben Shapiro.
“A man who vandalized a synagogue with Nazi symbols told federal agents his road to radicalization included meeting with far-right group Identity Evropa and reading Ben Shapiro, Breitbart News, and the Nazi propaganda site Stormfront,” the tweet read.
Even if that comment were true, Buzzfeed gave it extremely irresponsible framing. Comparing Ben Shapiro and Breitbart News with a site like Stormfront is a clearly aggressively partisan move. It takes very simple research to know Ben Shapiro is not only Jewish, but an outspoken advocate for Israel and a staunch critic of anti-semitism. Breitbart News is also extremely pro-Israel and has a number of Jewish employees.
There was immediate backlash to Buzzfeed’s tweet as it didn’t ring true to anyone with half a brain.
Source: Fox News
Buzzfeed was eventually so beaten down with facts and criticism that they had to cop to a very big mistake.
On Monday afternoon, Buzzfeed apologized for their previous tweet and corrected it.
“We have deleted this tweet because it was inaccurate: the man told prosecutors his road to radicalization included his wife reading Ben Shapiro, Breitbart News, and the Nazi propaganda site Stormfront,” read the new tweet.
We have deleted this tweet because it was inaccurate: the man told prosecutors his road to radicalization included his wife reading Ben Shapiro, Breitbart News, and the Nazi propaganda site Stormfront. pic.twitter.com/MOQdVMHffn
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 27, 2019
While still pretty disgusting framing of a story, admitting that they said the man who committed these crimes read Ben Shapiro when he actually said his wife did is a big ding to the already questionable Buzzfeed News.
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 27, 2019
Conservatives have been celebrating the correction on social media.
“Ridiculous,” wrote conservative commentator David French in reaction to the news.
“Great work guys,” wrote conservative writer Stephen Miller.
“If you can’t tell the difference between Stormfront and @benshapiro, you aren’t even smart enough to be writing for Buzzfeed, frankly,” wrote another user.
“Lol. BuzzFeed got owned by Cernovich. 2019 is off the chain,” said another in reaction, referring to InfoWars contributor and conservative author Mike Cernovich who was one of the people to go after Buzzfeed after their original tweet.
“I work in media. This was a hit piece to discredit a mainstream conservative voice. My wife and I are Catholic Latinos. We listen to @benshapiro. We’ve also met him. He’s a good person and his show has deepened our appreciation for Israel, Judaism, and our shared values,” wrote another user.
Shapiro himself had already reacted to the original tweet by calling the assertion that he promotes anti-semitism “garbage.”
“Yes, if there’s one thing I’m known for — as one of the most prominent Orthodox Jews, targets of the alt-right, and critics of the alt-right in America — it’s directing Nazis to attack synagogues. What garbage,” the Daily Wire editor in chief wrote.
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