CNN President Disses BuzzFeed – The president of major news outlet CNN, Jeff Zucker, has hit out at digital media giants BuzzFeed and Vice.
“I don’t think Vice and BuzzFeed are legitimate news organizations,” Zucker said in a profile published by Variety magazine.
He added: “They are native advertising shops. We crush both of them. They are not even in our same class.” The criticism is particularly surprising as CNN has repeatedly cited BuzzFeed as sources in many of his stories.
CNN has been recently criticized for its reported favoritism in its coverage of the US Presidential Elections, giving more time to Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith has replied Zucker, praising his team for being fair in their coverage of the elections.
“The most important test of any news organization this year is its coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. I’m happy to put our tough, fair coverage up against CNN’s decision to turn its platform over to Jeff’s friend Donald Trump,” Smith said.