On Saturday, President Donald Trump provided his take on the layoffs which have taken place at BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post. The president’s remarks come as he maintains a contentious relationship with left-leaning outlets, such as the aforementioned.
Reviewing President Trump’s Commentary
The president shared his take on the latest developments via Twitter. His commentary reads as follows:
“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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019
However, Ben Smith, the Editor-In-Chief at BuzzFeed and Lydia Polgreen, the Editor-In-Chief at The Huffington Post, each censured President Trump’s remarks in their own tweets.
What a disgusting thing to say about dozens of American workers who just lost their jobs. https://t.co/hSnRD5NtpF
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) January 26, 2019
1,000 journalists lost their jobs last week. Ordinary people with rent to pay, families to support, student loan bills coming due. They are workers like any other who do not deserve this cruelty. https://t.co/WCtuZ6iRVx
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) January 26, 2019
It’s interesting that Smith and Polgreen chose to direct their anger towards President Trump and not the companies which elected to lay off members of their staff.
In light of the aforementioned layoffs, many Americans are speculating that incorrect coverage regarding the standoff between Covington high schoolers and adult protesters is a contributing factor, coupled with reports on the president and his alleged ties to the Russian government. Countless individuals have ongoingly spoken out about their disdain for fake news.
Despite the manufactured outrage from Smith and Polgreen, President Trump is not the only American who maintains his stance on the layoffs at BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post. Like the president, other people of this country chimed in with their thoughts on the reasons behind the layoffs:
You think it’s a coincidence that mainstream outlets like #Buzzfeed and #HuffingtonPost are firing journalists and making major cuts after the media attacked kids? They can no longer damage control, this is defeat.
— Laura (@womaninmedicine) January 25, 2019
No one should feel bad for the fake news pushers fired from Huffington Post and Buzzfeed — They destroy lives and we should revel in their demise
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) January 25, 2019
Call me callous but I think publications like BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and Vox are clickbait garbage that do more damage to our country/world than good. I stopped reading their divisive drivel long ago.
— Adam N. Mayer (@AdamNMayer) January 25, 2019
What do you think about BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post laying off their journalists? Do you agree with President Trump’s take? Let us know in the comments section below!
Gabrielle Seunagal is a full-time writer. Some of her favorite subjects to write about include politics, cybersecurity, and current events. When Gabrielle is not advancing her writing career, she is reading, traveling, or studying martial arts.