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Pastor John Gray Criticized for Wearing $4K Sneakers in Pulpit: “Jesus Walked Around in Sandals”

The Instagram account “PreachersNSneakers” is just a little over two weeks old, but it has already amassed a following of more than 100K people who want to see what sneakers their favorite preachers are rocking on their feet.The account, started by a man who goes by the alias Tyler Jones, shares images of celebrity pastors juxtaposed with a closeup of their footwear and the price tag of the kicks.Featured on the pages are a number of famous celebrity preachers (i.e. preachers who have turned tea...
Tags: Celebs, Money, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Church, Los Angeles, Justin Bieber, Pop Culture, Jazz, Jesus, Kim, Oprah, Gucci, Kanye, Sneakers, Jones


Taking the shame out of the Cone of Shame

Photographer Winnie Au spoke with Buzzfeed about her ongoing Cone of Shame project, which looks to dispel the shame of the cones dogs must wear after medical procedures. Partially inspired by her late corgi Tartine, whose medical treatment would have cost tens of thousands of dollars without insurance, Winnie is using the project to fundraise for Animal Haven Shelter in New York. She’s an advocate for adopting pets. A lot of people I know have bought their dogs verses adopting because they wa...
Tags: New York, Buzzfeed, America, Winnie, Winnie Au, Chrysanthe Tenentes, Marie Yan Morvan


PreachersNSneakers and Pastors as Lifestyle Brands

E veryone is talking about PreachersNSneakers. Well, not everyone, I’m sure, but enough that it has ended up in my inbox plenty of times over the past few days. PreachersNSneakers is an Instagram account that simply shares photos of preachers in their sneakers. No big deal, right? It wouldn’t be, except that these are not just any preachers in any sneakers—these are mega-church pastors in mega-expensive sneakers (or, occasionally, other designer garb). It’s just the kind of t...
Tags: Instagram, Buzzfeed, Articles, Los Angeles, Blogging, Seattle, Christ, Greenville, Peter, Judah Smith, John Gray, City Church, Pastors, Chad Veach, Relentless Church


Mayor Bill de Blasio weighs in on BuzzFeed union dispute

An apparent breakdown in talks between BuzzFeed management and the company’s newsroom union spurred expressions of solidarity from other unions — and even from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The employees of BuzzFeed News (the company’s journalistic arm) voted to unionize in February, following major layoffs. At the time, Editor in Chief Ben Smith reportedly responded, “We look forward to meeting with the organizers to discuss a way toward voluntarily recognizing their union.” But those ...
Tags: TC, New York, Media, Buzzfeed, New York City, Tech, Bill De Blasio, Ben Smith, De Blasio, BuzzFeed News, Gizmodo Media Group, BuzzFeed News Union, New York Times Daily Beast Los Angeles Times


BuzzFeed teams up with Eko to create interactive recipes and other videos

BuzzFeed and Eko have been working together to create a wide range of interactive videos, which they began launching in the past week or so — starting with this tasty potato recipe that allows you to customize your ingredients, revealing a bit about your personality in the process. There’s also an interactive Tarot reading, a video quiz that determines which kind of dog you are and this customizable ramen video. I spoke with BuzzFeed and Eko executives last week to learn more about how they’r...
Tags: Startups, Media, Buzzfeed, Tech, Walmart, Kaufman, Ben Kaufman, Eko, Alon Benari


New Zealand Petition to stop Headlong Rush to Extreme Gun Law

New Zealand Petition to stop Headlong Rush to Extreme Gun Law U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- New Zealand gun owners are organizing and demanding due process after the government's response to the mass murder at the Christchurch mosques.  One of the largest New Zealand gun stores, Gun City, is leading the effort to slow down and let reason and logic prevail over agenda driven emotion.  Gun City has made a petition available to its subscribers.  Gun City asks for reasonable restraint.  From guncity ....
Tags: Guns, Buzzfeed, Australia, Department Of Defense, United States, Arizona, New Zealand, Parliament, Christchurch, Phoenix, Weingarten, Gun Rights News, Firearm News, Dean Weingarten, Gun Watch, University of Wisconsin Pistol Team


Brexit: MPs unlikely to pass withdrawal agreement in vote tomorrow - as it happened

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to the latest Commons Brexit votes and to Theresa May’s announcement that she will quit before next stage of negotiations with EUEU in crisis mode as it plans for no dealWhat could happen if May’s deal is voted down again?Lunchtime summaryWhy May has replaced plans for MV3 with WA1 - Analysis 10.12pm GMT I am going to wrap up now. Tomorrow is a big day for Brexit, so it would probably be rather prudent if...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Buzzfeed, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, John Bercow, Brexit, Oliver Letwin, May, Alberto Nardelli, Andrea Leadsom, EUEU


BuzzFeed Wins Legal Battle Against the ‘King’ of Fake News

BuzzFeed won a long-running legal battle on Wednesday against Michael Leidig, whom the news site had described in a 2015 story the “King of Bullsh– News.” A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed Leidig’s $11 million libel suit, finding that he had failed to show that anything in the article was false. The story chronicled how […]
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Michael Leidig, Leidig, King of Bullsh News


Yale rescinds admission for student whose parents allegedly paid $1.2 million to get her in

Buzzfeed's Julia Reinstein reports that Yale “has rescinded admission for a student whose family allegedly paid $1.2 Million to get her into the school.” This is believed to be the first such rejection of a student by an American college since the admissions scandal broke over the past few weeks. Dozens of parents, coaches, and university administrators were indicted in a series of interconnected scams. From her report: As part of the scandal, former Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith, w...
Tags: Post, News, Education, Buzzfeed, Scams, Yale, William, Meredith, Department Of Education, Yale University, Rick, Picks, Julia Reinstein, Rudy Meredith, College Admissions Scam


Are You Writing Headlines for You or Articles for Them?

I have been at this blogging thing for a long time now, and would like to think there are a few lessons I’ve picked up along the way. There is a challenge I’ve been reflecting on recently, and it’s one I want to share with other writers: There is no necessary correlation between how many times people click on an article and how useful it actually is to them. It is no great feat to create the kind of headline that will get people to your site. What is much harder is to create ...
Tags: Facebook, Buzzfeed, Articles, Blogging, Charles


Brexit: May defeated by 391 votes to 242 as MPs reject revised deal – Politics live

Speaking after defeat, May says there will be free vote on Wednesday on no-deal BrexitFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 8.05pm GMT Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, is still taking questions. MPs have been repeatedly trying to get her to say what length article 50 extension the government will propose, if the debate goes ahead on Thursday, but she has refused to say. 8.04pm GMT This i...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Buzzfeed, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


Ruling Could Shed Light On Mysterious Ex-Putin Aide Death At DC Hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force trauma, the result of repeatedly falling in his room and suffering at least one serious head wound. Normally, such a case would be quickly forgotten. But Mikhail Lesin, 57, was...
Tags: London, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Buzzfeed, Washington, Russia, Los Angeles, Ap, Fbi, Moscow, District Of Columbia, Doj, Four Seasons, Justice Department, Alexander Litvinenko


Facebook’s ad team shoots itself in the foot by pulling Elizabeth Warren campaign ads

Facebook’s gang that couldn’t shoot straight advertising department has made another blunder, this time by pulling Elizabeth Warren campaign ads touting the Senator’s proposal to break up big tech. The offending ads were pulled, , over their use of the Facebook brand in their copy. Meanwhile, other ads that the Senator’s Presidential campaign had run which addressed the plan to unwind various acquisitions by Facebook, Amazon, and Alphabet (the parent company of Google) were not removed fr...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Tech, Spokesperson, Software, Warren, Photo Sharing, Operating Systems, Alphabet, World Wide Web, Facebook Amazon


BuzzFeed CEO: We can build a better internet

Brian Stelter sits down with Jonah Peretti, the CEO of BuzzFeed, to discuss the internet's "dumpster fire" problems, Mark Zuckerberg's privacy memo, and recent layoffs at BuzzFeed and other digital media companies. Peretti says people should join the "fight" for a better internet.
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, News, Buzzfeed, Stories, Jonah Peretti, Brian Stelter, Peretti


BuzzFeed CEO Says Company Is Generating Over $200 Million Annually From Businesses That Didn’t Exist Two Years Ago

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti claims he’s bullish on the digital company’s future healthy growth — touting a strategy of revenue diversification and working to “fix” the monetization problems BuzzFeed and others have with big internet platforms like Facebook and Google. Peretti, in a strategy memo issued to staff Friday, said that media industry is in […]
Tags: Facebook, News, Buzzfeed, Jonah Peretti, Google Peretti


BuzzFeed Goes Offline With Its First Printed Newspaper, Distributed Today in New York

As the print and digital worlds continue to blur, with brands creating their own publications and publishers throwing events, starting podcasts, launching product lines and doing whatever it takes to stand out from the crowd, BuzzFeed has now created its own newspaper--for one day only. About 20,000 copies of the 12-page paper were distributed in...
Tags: New York, Buzzfeed, Advertising, Publishers & Platforms


It’s Really Hard to Win a Motion to Dismiss Based on 512(c)–Myeress v. Buzzfeed

512(c) and 230 diverge in key procedural respects, including the implicaitons of scienter for motions to dismiss. Section 230(c)(1) has no scienter standards, so defendants can win on motions to dismiss despite virtually any scienter allegations. In contrast, Section 512(c)’s burgeoning list of scienter exceptions make it difficult or impossible to win on a motion to dismiss, even if the plaintiff makes only perfunctory allegations of scienter. Plus, Section 512(c) defenses have a dozen other el...
Tags: Law, Buzzfeed, Copyright, Miami, Iqbal, Derivative Liability, BuzzFeed Inc, Myeress, Community Section of Defendant


Roger Stone: Mueller notifies judge of Instagram post that could violate gag order – live

Judge Amy Berman Jackson notified of Instagram story where Trump ally shared an image that claimed he was framedSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 10.57pm GMT Whether Roger Stone had violated his gag order was already a question that was being asked with the re-release of his 2017 book, “The Making of the President 2016.” In recently unsealed court documents obtained by BuzzFeed, his attorneys argued that the book, now titled “The Myth of Russian Collusion,” was written be...
Tags: Instagram, Buzzfeed, US, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Rand Paul, Donald Trump, Trump, Roger Stone, Mueller, Amy Berman Jackson, US elections 2020, Instagram post Stone


Report: WWF hires paramilitary torturers and murderers in developing world

A Buzzfeed investigation exposes the World Wildlife Fund's funding of torture, murder and paramilitary violence, which it claims is necessary to stop poaching. Shikharam was in too much pain to swallow. He crawled toward Hira, his thin body covered in bruises, and told her through sobs that forest rangers were torturing him. “They beat him mercilessly and put saltwater in his nose and mouth,” Hira later told police. The rangers believed that Shikharam helped his son bury a rhinoceros horn in hi...
Tags: Asia, Post, News, Buzzfeed, Africa, Nepal, Wwf, Ngos, Hira, Ecoterrorism, Shikharam, WWF Nepal, Shikhamam Chaudhari, Anil Manandhar


Cohen To GOP: You Haven’t Asked Me A Single Question About Trump

Michael Cohen vented his frustrations that Republicans’ inquiries for him at a House Oversight Committee hearing had so far avoided any questions about President Trump. “All I wanted to say is I just find it interesting, sir, that between yourself and your colleagues that not one question so far since I’m here has been asked about President Trump,” Cohen told Rep. Jim Jordan (OH), the top Republican on the committee who had handle much of the GOP questioning Wednesday. Jordan had been reaming...
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Congress, Gop, Jordan, Donald Trump, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Jim Jordan, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller, House Oversight Committee, Trump Cohen, Muckraker


BuzzFeed Taps WNBC’s David Hatcher as Executive Producer of ‘AM to DM’ Talk Show on Twitter

Veteran TV producer David Hatcher is now overseeing BuzzFeed News’ “AM to DM” morning talk show on Twitter as executive producer. Hatcher, who started at BuzzFeed on Feb. 11, has day-to-day showrunning responsibilities for the one-hour weekday show, which streams live on Twitter from 10-11 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. In January, Twitter renewed “AM […]
Tags: Twitter, News, Buzzfeed, WNBC, Hatcher, David Hatcher, Buzzfeed News AM


BuzzFeed cut 15% of its staff, and some critics are now taking shots at CEO Jonah Peretti's strategy

BuzzFeed just laid off 15% of its staff, including its first big cuts in its news division, BuzzFeed News. The cuts were a reckoning for a company that seemed like it had cracked the code and figured out how to support high-quality, online journalism with advertising. Now, critics are blaming CEO Jonah Peretti, saying that in his quest to make a 21st-century journalism company, he didn't recognize the limitations of the business model for news. Last month, 43 staffers at BuzzFeed News, the ne...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, London, Buzzfeed, Australia, North Korea, France, Politico, Disney, US, Trends, Nike, Spain, Netflix, Comcast


BuzzFeed just cut 15% of its staff, and some critics are now taking shots at CEO Jonah Peretti's strategy

BuzzFeed just laid off 15% of its staff, including its first big cuts in its news division, BuzzFeed News. The cuts were a reckoning for a company that seemed like it had cracked the code and figured out how to support high-quality, online journalism with advertising. Now, critics are blaming CEO Jonah Peretti, saying that in his quest to make a 21st-century journalism company, he didn't recognize the limitations of the business model for news. Last month, 43 staffers at BuzzFeed News, the ne...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, London, Buzzfeed, Australia, France, Politico, Disney, US, Trends, Nike, Spain, Netflix, Comcast


BuzzFeed News employees vote to unionize

Shortly after BuzzFeed News employees revealed that they had voted to unionize, its editor-in-chief said the company wants to meet with them to discuss voluntarily recognition. Employees announced today that they are organizing as BuzzFeed News Union under the NewsGuild of New York. “Our staff has been organizing for several months, and we have legitimate grievances about unfair pay disparities, mismanaged pivots and layoffs, weak benefits, skyrocketing health insurance costs, diversity, and ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Publishing, New York, Media, Buzzfeed, Ben Smith, Workers Rights, Jonah Peretti, Los Angeles Times, HuffPost, BuzzFeed News, Wells, Davey Alba, Jason Wells, BuzzFeed News Union


"Collegiality wise it was you stepping on my dick."

Wrote Jake Tapper, in email to Buzzfeed's Ben Smith, quoted in "Emails Reveal Jake Tapper Ripping BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith as ‘Irresponsible’ For Publishing Trump Dossier" (Mediaite).Male bravado, even in humiliation. It's a funny expression. You've got the concession that the other man has impinged on you and hurt you, but you've worked in an image of your huge, out-there dick.ADDED: In other news of newsfolk talking about body parts, there's "Rachel Maddow Skewers Matt Whitaker for Chugging W...
Tags: Law, Buzzfeed, Metaphor, Ben Smith, Jake Tapper, Rachel She, Ann Althouse, Genitalia, The Dossier, Rachel Maddow Skewers Matt Whitaker, Matt Whitaker Matt Watertaker


Extend Fertility banks $15M Series A to help women freeze their eggs

Fertility services are raising venture cash left and right. Last week, it was Dadi, a sperm storage startup that nabbed a $2 million seed round. This week, it’s Extend Fertility, which helps women preserve their fertility through egg freezing. Headquartered in New York, the business has secured a $15 million Series A investment from Regal Healthcare Capital Partners to expand its fertility services, which also include infertility treatments, such as in vitro and intrauterine insemination. The co...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Health, Startups, Facebook, Spotify, New York, Buzzfeed, Ebay, New York City, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Venture Capital, Infertility, Edison, SAN FRANCISCO Most


Profits at The New York Times show media dinosaurs are ruling the internet

Today’s news that the (failing?) New York Times reported net income of $55.2 million, after losses a year earlier — and that its digital business raked in $709 million — is just one indicator that some of the nation’s oldest media properties are finally crossing the bridge into the 21st century. The Times managed to turn a profit while employing 1,600 journalists — an all-time high. Fourth-quarter digital advertising revenue increased 22.8 percent, while print advertising revenue decreased 10.2 ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Spotify, Buzzfeed, Congress, Washington-post, White House, Disney, Digital, Tech, E-commerce, Companies, Netflix, New-York-Times, Vice Media, The-times


What The Latest Trump Tower Documents Say About Trump's Russian Business Interests

New documents published by Buzzfeed on Tuesday give more detail on President Trump's business interests in Moscow. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Buzzfeed reporter Anthony Cormier about the documents.
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Moscow, Npr, Trump, Ari Shapiro, Anthony Cormier


Buzzfeed’s Master Quizmaker Was a 19-Year-Old Who Did It For Free (Then Came Last Week’s Staff Layoffs)

“We were working too hard, making these elaborate things, and all of her stuff was really stripped down. She’d do five quizzes in a day, and I’d maybe do that many in a week. People were, like, ‘If this girl stops, that’s a problem.'” – CBC
Tags: Art, Buzzfeed, People, Audience, 02.01.19


Gannett Rejects $1.36B Buyout Offer From Digital First Media

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — The publisher of USA Today and other newspapers is rejecting a $1.36 billion buyout from a hedge-fund backed media group with a history of taking over newspapers and slashing jobs. MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, made its unsolicited bid of $12 per share last month. Gannett Co. said Monday that its board determined the offer undervalued the company and it isn’t in the best interests of the company or its shareholders. It was a unanimous vote. The newspa...
Tags: New York, News, Buzzfeed, Ap, Usa Today, Gannett, Pew Research Center, Denver Post, Boston Herald, McLean VA, McClatchy, Gannett Co, Digital First Media, Digital First, Summer Concepcion, MNG Enterprises