BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Slams Daily Caller for ‘Nativist Garbage’ and ‘Immunity to Shame’ in Leaked Email


Tensions ran high at a Facebook meeting last week where the company sat down with a handful of news editors ahead its testimony before Congress today.

However, not everyone was happy with the list of invitees, one of whom included Daily Caller publisher Neil Patel.

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith was irked the outlet would even be represented at the meeting, his frustration being echoed by HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Both expressed concern that the social media giant was treating the Daily Caller as a legitimate news outlet in an effort to be politically neutral.

Smith even took the matter up with Patel directly, clarifying his problems with him in a leaked email tweeted by BuzzFeed’s own media reporter, Steven Perlberg.

In the message, Smith criticized the outlet for its lax treatment of “stealth and corporate propaganda,” failing to remove it from the site then acting “more concerned with your image than the underlying issue” once it was revealed.

Pushing his rebuke of Patel even further, Smith called that “a baffling response that, unfortunately, comports with what I [have] seen in a lot (though certainly not all) of what you publish.”

Smith didn’t mince words, adding that his platform has hosted “nativist garbage” including a still uncorrected article implying Hillary Clinton‘s former campaign aide, Huma Abedin, was associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Concluding the email, Smith acknowledged that certain Daily Caller reporters produce good stories, but that he was surprised the editor was offended by his remarks about the site.

“I’ve always thought the Daily Caller’s charm came from its immunity to shame,” he said.

The Daily Caller editor-in-chief Geoffrey Ingersoll fired back on Twitter after the email was posted:

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