Ben Smith and Jonah Peretti: The Gawker Interview

On April 16, Gawker contacted BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith with evidence that his site had deleted a post criticizing Pepsi, a BuzzFeed advertiser, under pressure from the beverage manufacturer. In response, Smith invited Gawker to interview him and BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti at the company’s New York office. A… » 4/22/15 2:55pm Wednesday 2:55pm

NYT Writer Says He Was Fired for Observing That Barry Diller Is Gay

Former New York Times Magazine writer Andrew Goldman is accusing the paper
of firing him for asking impertinent questions of a Times advertiser. Goldman, who publicly scuffled with author Jennifer Weiner over accusations of misogyny in 2012, says in a new documentary that the Times canned him for asking fashion… » 4/20/15 2:35pm 4/20/15 2:35pm

BuzzFeed Deleted Posts Under Pressure from Its Own Business Department

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed launched an internal review of any posts that its editors or writers had deleted from the site since editor-in-chief Ben Smith was hired in January 2012. In an interview on Friday, and a memo sent to staff on Saturday, Smith revealed that the review has already uncovered three instances… » 4/18/15 6:00pm 4/18/15 6:00pm

Arabelle Sicardi, Author of Deleted Dove Post, Resigns From BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed beauty editor Arabelle Sicardi, who wrote a post criticizing a Dove soap advertising campaign that was later deleted (and eventually restored) at the request of editor-in-chief Ben Smith, is resigning from the site, according to an internal memo distributed by BuzzFeed Style editor Julie Gerstein. » 4/13/15 5:37pm 4/13/15 5:37pm

BuzzFeed Deleted Anti-Hasbro Post After Inking Deal With Hasbro

Yesterday we reported BuzzFeed’s decision to delete a staff-written post that criticized a viral advertisement for Dove beauty products. In response, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith released a rather incredible internal memo that instructed the site’s writers not to “advance [their] personal opinion” and… » 4/10/15 3:41pm 4/10/15 3:41pm

BuzzFeed Deletes Post Critical of Dove, a BuzzFeed Advertiser

Wednesday afternoon, BuzzFeed published a post by staff writer Arabelle Sicardi that openly criticized a bizarre advertising campaign by Dove. (A sample passage: “The soap manufacturer wants to tell us how we feel about ourselves. And then fix it for us. With soap.”) Thursday morning, however, BuzzFeed deleted the… » 4/09/15 4:55pm 4/09/15 4:55pm

How Can Brian Williams Possibly Return to NBC News?

Vanity Fair has published a lengthy dissection of NBC’s long-troubled news division and its most visible public persona, the disgraced Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Any remaining faith in reversing NBC’s death spiral, sources tell the journalist Bryan Burrough, appears to be rapidly evaporating. But Burrough’s… » 4/07/15 4:28pm 4/07/15 4:28pm

Katie Holmes Had a Secret Whole Foods Entrance: An Update

Last week, we investigated one of the stranger celebrity conspiracy theories: That Katie Holmes had used a secret entrance to the Whole Foods in Chelsea, Manhattan to evade paparazzi after filing for divorce against Tom Cruise. Over the weekend, we learned something that might unsettle some of our readers: The… » 3/31/15 1:34pm 3/31/15 1:34pm

Here Are Some Rare Photos of New York Times Heir A.G. Sulzberger

A tipster sent along the above photos of Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, the likely heir to his father’s job as publisher and head chairman of The New York Times, riding the subway sometime last year. The younger Sulzberger may be paid $153,910 per year (and the older, $6.8 million), but sometimes the MTA is more convenient… » 3/27/15 4:05pm 3/27/15 4:05pm

Did Katie Holmes Have a Secret Entrance to Whole Foods in Chelsea?

In the summer of 2012, shortly after she filed divorce papers to dissolve her marriage to Tom Cruise, the actress Katie Holmes moved into a Manhattan apartment complex called the Chelsea Mercantile. The prewar building has 354 units, a private garage, and, on the street level, a Whole Foods Market, where Holmes… » 3/27/15 10:43am 3/27/15 10:43am

Tucker Carlson’s Brother Called de Blasio’s Spokeswoman “LabiaFace”

Did you know Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson has a 44-year-old brother and his name is Buckley Swanson Peck Carlson? It’s true. We were reminded of this fact after Rosie Gray at BuzzFeed published an email Buckley sent to a Bill de Blasio spokeswoman today. The message manages to be both sexist (Buckley refers… » 3/25/15 6:08pm 3/25/15 6:08pm

Report: Dartmouth Frat Suspended Over Frat Brother’s Infected Ass

Dartmouth College, an Ivy League school famous for its bizarrely powerful Greek system, is having a pretty tough year. Today it gets even worse. Dartmouth has confirmed to Gawker that it extended the suspension of one of its most notorious fraternities, Alpha Delta, over allegations of branding—that is, pressing a… » 3/24/15 6:30pm 3/24/15 6:30pm

The New York Times Terminates Contract With Razib Khan

The New York Times has quietly cut ties with Razib Khan, one of the paper’s 20 brand-new opinion writers, following our post highlighting Khan’s association with right-wing racist publications. The writer’s past work was first flagged by Slate columnist Jamelle Bouie on Twitter. » 3/19/15 11:48pm 3/19/15 11:48pm

People Keep Telling Us About Kevin Spacey’s Aggressive Love for Men

Last month we published several rumors about Spacey’s behavior toward men. We got an earful from his fans, whose general argument was: Everyone knows already, and Spacey likes his privacy—so why are you bringing that up? But it appears that the actor is not as circumspect, or genteel, as these reactions suggest.… » 3/19/15 2:10pm 3/19/15 2:10pm