Republican National Committee paid $1.3 million for adverts for its comedy candidate the bouffant buffoon and Boris Johnson clone, Donald Trump.
BuzzFeed said that it was worried about the site’s employees because it could not countenance “having employees make ads, or working at the company and having our site promoting things that limit our freedom and make it harder for them to live their lives… In general, we have taken the position that we won’t take ads for his presidential campaign.”
BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti wrote to his staff saying that in April, the RNC and BuzzFeed signed an agreement to “spend a significant amount on political advertisements slated to run during the Fall election cycle.”
Since Trump became the nominee his campaign has proven themselves to be “directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States,” because of proposed bans on Muslim immigration and comments about descendants of immigrants, among other policies.
“We don’t need to and do not expect to agree with the positions or values of all our advertisers. And as you know, there is a wall between our business and editorial operations. This decision to cancel this ad buy will have no influence on our continuing coverage of the campaign,” Peretti said in the memo.
BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith said the decision was from the business side and would not affect coverage of the Trump campaign.
Meanwhile the Republicans are having a bit of a sulk. RNC chief strategist and spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement to CNN that the RNC “never intended” to use the ad space reserved with BuzzFeed anyway.
They also showed that they are the party of tackling real issues by saying it was terrible that BuzzFeed was taking money from a woman who was being investigated by the FBI for having emails sent to her home but would not take the money of a man blessed by the KKK, who wants to abandon the Geneva convention and would Nuke allies like the UK if he wins.
BuzzFeed has a tricky relationship with the Trump campaign, with its reporters being denied credentials or general entry to Trump rallies.