BuzzFeed to Lay Off 15% of Staff After Crappy Reporting on Mueller/Trump
You're going to need a box of tissues for this story. If not tissues, a bucket to hold all of your tears. We don't recommend tumblers due to the cancer. Because BuzzFeed, who last week published a kind of shitty story about Trump and Mueller, is laying off about 250 people after the company posted some bad numbers.
BuzzFeed is planning to lay off about 15% of its workforce, according to people familiar with the situation, as the company seeks to reorient itself in a shifting digital-media landscape.
The cuts could affect around 250 jobs, the people said. The firm, among the most high-profile digital-native publishers, also is looking to realign its resources to invest more in promising areas of the business like content licensing and e-commerce, one of the people said.
This is why it's generally a good plan to stick to what you know. In BuzzFeed's case, that would be silly quizzes, cat videos, and whether or not your cat should take quizzes. Not, as it turns out, perpetuating fake news. News so fake, even Mueller's office had to issue a statement about BuzzFeed's shoddy reporting. Read Buzzfeed Report on Trump Accusations Dismissed by Robert Mueller.
This shouldn't be hard, but if you want to report the news, report the news. If you want to be an outlet which does whatever it can to take down Trump, then be an outlet which does whatever it can to take down Trump. But don't mix the two. Most of us are well aware of our biases and all we ask for is a little honesty.
And no, it's never classy to celebrate someone being let go of their job. I'm not celebrating people losing their livelihood here. But BuzzFeed should take this for what it is: a hard lesson in reality. Actions have consequences, and when you not only flub a reporting job, but also stray further and further from what your original intent was as a business, sometimes you bellyflop into a pool of nails. See also Report: NFL to Bribe Kneeling Players with $89 Million and NFL Tries Expanding its Appeal by Bringing in Male Cheerleaders.