BuzzFeed Chairman to Host Dem Fundraiser Following Site’s RNC Flap


buzzfeed-gets-a-radio-showheres-todays-ad-briefBuzzFeed’s chairman Kenneth Lerer will be hosting President Obama at an upcoming DNC fundraiser.

BuzzFeed told CNN’s Brian Stelter that these two actions are unconnected, and Lerer himself said, “My political activities are personal and have nothing to do with any of my business responsibilities at Buzzfeed.”

Now, the reason this is notable for media observers is that earlier this week BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti made the decision to terminate the site’s ad deal with the RNC because of Donald Trump.

Naturally, people on the right found the fundraiser curious after the other news, and an RNC spokesman pounced:

Again, just so we’re all clear: these are separate decisions being made by two separate sectors of the company, something that BuzzFeed reporter Andrew Kaczynski made abundantly clear on Twitter:

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