Listening to media criticism on "Friends of Hamas" debacle no one mentions the RW media does this ALL THE TIME. I'll give 3 examples.—
Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) February 24, 2013
Conservative media outlets get its facts wrong “all the time” says Kaczynski. As proof, he cites five examples:
Thank you, we will.
Kaczynski acknowledges that Buzzfeed makes mistakes, too, but claims that any such errors are promptly corrected.
Is it true? Is Buzzfeed truly transparent about its errors, as Kaczynski asserts?
Take a look at this Buzzfeed article entitled, “Pro-Gun Hecklers Shout at Father Who Lost Son in Newtown.”
After being called out by Twitchy’s Michelle Malkin and others, CNN host Anderson Cooper acknowledged that Heslin “asked for response and audiences members gave it.” But nearly a month later, BuzzFeed continues to cling to the repulsive heckler narrative. No correction, no retraction and the factually-incorrect headline — “Pro-Gun Hecklers Shout At Father Who Lost Son In Newtown” — has not been changed. The only edit was a pathetic CYA attempt: an “update” at the very end with the unedited video, a transcript of Heslin’s remarks, and this lame rationalization:
Gun rights advocates and others have suggested Heslin was not heckled, since the crowd was responding to a question Heslin asked. Others counter that Heslin’s question was rhetorical. But around the 15 minute mark you can hear shouts such as “Second Amendment” interrupting Heslin’s testimony. An official can then be heard reprimanding those who were yelling.
What a model of journalistic integrity!
Then there’s this article by Buzzfeed DC Bureau Chief John Stanton, headlined “University Of Mississippi Students Riot Over Obama Victory.”
News outlets and others on the scene stated unequivocally that there were no riots — only protests:
A journalism student who was there initially called the incident a “riot” but later backtracked and apologized:
To this day, Buzzfeed has neither updated nor corrected nor retracted its story.
Here’s a Buzzfeed article by Dave Stopera entitled, “People Who Say They’re Moving to Canada Because of Obamacare.”
The article attempts to portray conservatives who opposed the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare as ill-informed or worse. Stopera’s snarky headline: “I’m sure they’ll like the healthcare just fine there.”
As Twitchy reported at the time, at least one-third of the tweeters featured by Stopera weren’t conservative and didn’t oppose Obamacare:
One of the women featured in the Buzzfeed article wasn’t even referring to Obamacare:
Nearly eight months later, her tweet and all the others are still included in Stopera’s Buzzfeed article. No correction. No retraction.
Even when Buzzfeed corrects an error, it rarely if ever uses the word “correction” or “retraction.”
Consider this story, entitled “People Tweeting Hideous Things About Sandra Fluke.”
The tweets were truly disgusting. But the most sickening tweet of all wasn’t even directed at Fluke — it targeted conservative radio host Dana Loesch.
Buzzfeed deleted the tweet from its story and posted this “update”: “We’ve removed a Tweet that was aimed at someone other than Fluke.”
The word “correction” was not used.
Here’s another example: a story by Kaczynski initially titled “Paul Ryan Gets Testy And Walks Out Of Interview”
After a lengthy Twitter exchange and some insults (and apologies), Kaczynski changed the headline from “walks out” to “ends.” That’s closer, at least, but still is not accurate.
And as usual, Buzzfeed called the headline change an “update.” It did not use the word “correction.”
Buzzfeed does not always acknowledge changes it makes to its stories after publication.
He then pointed to the altered sub-headline as evidence that the critics were mistaken:
The article still does not acknowledge that Kaczynski changed the sub-headline after initial publication.
The “erroneous” Drudge photo was tweeted by @BarackObama on September 19, 2012 (International Talk Like a Pirate Day and only eight days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi):