How Jason Whitlock Is Poisoning ESPN's "Black Grantland"

Two months ago, just after the end of a long holiday weekend, Jason Whitlock convened a morning meeting at the Los Angeles offices of his ESPN-backed black-interest site, The Undefeated, which is slated to go live this summer. Five days before, to coincide with the NBA All-Star Game, the site had introduced itself… » 4/27/15 4:05pm 4/27/15 4:05pm

This Is the Interview About His Ancestor Ben Affleck Tried to Suppress

Ben Affleck really didn’t want people to know that one of his distant ancestors owned slaves—going so far as to lobby celebrity genealogy TV show Finding Your Roots to suppress the segment in which that ancestor is discussed. But we got our hands on a copy of the script—and now you can read the mild interview that… » 4/23/15 9:46am 4/23/15 9:46am

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 4:00pm 4/10/15 4:00pm

No, But Seriously, Dove Soap Is Bad

So yesterday, BuzzFeed's editors, in a super duper blatant breach of the tenets of their Editorial Standards And Ethics Guide, deleted a post in which staff writer Arabelle Sicardi criticized toiletries brand Dove for its sleazy, exploitative advertising. Dove, you see, is owned by Unilever—the multinational… » 4/10/15 2:26pm 4/10/15 2:26pm

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 7:12pm 4/09/15 7:12pm

My Year Ripping Off the Web With the Daily Mail Online

On July 11 of last year, I arrived to work at the MailOnline newsroom in New York City and saw Keith Poole, our managing editor, standing outside smoking a cigarette. Even from a hundred yards away, it was clear that Poole—a generally pleasant Englishman who was the managing editor of the Daily Mail at the time—was… » 3/04/15 5:50pm 3/04/15 5:50pm

Stacey Dash on Rape Victims: They're Bad Girls Who Like to Be Naughty

It is hard to expect much of Outnumbered. It is also hard to expect much of Fox News, the channel on which Outnumbered airs. And yet a head shake still occurs when one hears an opinion like the one Stacey Dash shared during Friday's episode, when she stated that college women who are raped are "bad girls" who "go out… » 1/30/15 2:45pm 1/30/15 2:45pm

This Is The Video CNN Will Play When The World Ends

Thirty-four years ago, at the launch of Ted Turner's Cable News Network, the founder made a grandiose and specific promise about his newly created round-the-clock operation. "Barring satellite problems, we won't be signing off until the world ends," Turner declared. And in anticipation, he prepared a final video… » 1/05/15 1:04pm 1/05/15 1:04pm

Snagging Clooney Makes Amal 'Most Fascinating' Person of 2014

As previously established, Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People of whatever particular year it happens to be is not actually full of fascinating people. But the beat goes on regardless, and this year, Barbara decided that Amal Clooney, formerly Amal Alamuddin, was the most fascinating person of 2014 because she… » 12/15/14 10:50am 12/15/14 10:50am

White Men Upset Wrong White Man Placed in Charge of White-Man Magazine

Today, former Gawker editor Gabriel Snyder was named the new editor-in-chief of The New Republic, which was once "the in-flight magazine of Air Force One," according to a movie about the most famous person who worked there, who was a fabulist. Congrats, Gabe! We are very proud of you. » 12/04/14 5:08pm 12/04/14 5:08pm