It would appear that Buzzfeed doesn’t do much journalism then

So he reached out to key constituents, who included a neo-Nazi and a white nationalist.

“Finally doing my big feature on the alt right,” Yiannopoulos wrote in a March 9, 2016, email to Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, a hacker who is the system administrator of the neo-Nazi hub the Daily Stormer, and who would later ask his followers to disrupt the funeral of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer. “Fancy braindumping some thoughts for me.”

“It’s time for me to do my big definitive guide to the alt right,” Yiannopoulos wrote four hours later to Curtis Yarvin, a software engineer who under the nom de plume Mencius Moldbug helped create the “neoreactionary” movement, which holds that Enlightenment democracy has failed and that a return to feudalism and authoritarian rule is in order. “Which is my whorish way of asking if you have anything you’d like to make sure I include.”

“Alt r feature, figured you’d have some thoughts,” Yiannopoulos wrote the same day to Devin Saucier, who helps edit the online white nationalist magazine American Renaissance under the pseudonym Henry Wolff, and who wrote a story in June 2017 called “Why I Am (Among Other Things) a White Nationalist.”

The three responded at length: Weev about the Daily Stormer and a podcast called The Daily Shoah, Yarvin in characteristically sweeping world-historical assertions (“It’s no secret that North America contains many distinct cultural/ethnic communities. This is not optimal, but with a competent king it’s not a huge problem either”), and Saucier with a list of thinkers, politicians, journalists, films (Dune, Mad Max, The Dark Knight), and musical genres (folk metal, martial industrial, ’80s synthpop) important to the movement. Yiannopoulos forwarded it all, along with the Wikipedia entries for “Alternative Right” and the esoteric far-right Italian philosopher Julius Evola — a major influence on 20th-century Italian fascists and Richard Spencer alike — to Allum Bokhari, his deputy and frequent ghostwriter, whom he had met during GamerGate. “Include a bit of everything,” he instructed Bokhari.

In journalism school they tend to call this sort of stuff “research.”

You know, writing about something it helps to go talk to those people who do that thing?

12 thoughts on “It would appear that Buzzfeed doesn’t do much journalism then”

  1. Fun Fact a Ms L Penny wrote positively about that piece of shit weev back in the day before he was jailed.

  2. Solid Steve 2: Squirrels of The Patriots

    Yes, but they’re right wingers, so you’re supposed to just call them poo-poo-eating racists and maybe get a disparaging quote from one of America’s many vocal leftwing Jewish groups explaining why nationalism and ethnic solidarity are bad when you do it.

    I’m not sure what the “scoop” here is supposed to be, though. Right-wing journalist working for right-wing publication talks to right-wingers while writing story about the Right? Consider my timbers shivered.

    The real target seems to be Steve Bannon, who has haunted the nightmares of shitlibs since last year. So… Steve Bannon used to employ a journalist who emailed people? Stop the presses.

    There is a potentially interesting story here, which Bernstein completely misses in his kvetching for softcore outrage clicks, and that story is about how weird some of these people are.

    Yarvin, aka Mencius Moldbug, is a fascinating oddball, a brilliant techie prone to Ted Kaczynski-like bouts of arcane lexical dysentery, and who has his own online legion of fedora-tipping neo-fogeys.

    Weev is a strange little guy who seems to have legitimately impressive technical skills, but who uses them to do stuff like trick internet-connected printers into spewing out page after page of swastikas. He’s also apparently hiding out in Eastern Europe after spending time in an American jail.

    Writing about the fringes of internet activism and the odd characters who populate it, and their wackier beliefs, would be good copy. Sadly, BuzzFeed went for a lazy point-and-shriek session instead. Sad!

  3. Weev… haven’t seen that name in a while. He used to be president of the Gay Nigger Association of America. No joke.

  4. Fun Fact a Ms L Penny wrote positively about that piece of shit weev back in the day before he was jailed.

    She’s busy denying it on Twitter right now.

  5. Steve Bannon used to employ a journalist who emailed people?

    Outlets like Buzzfeed are never going to be profitable if their hacks waste time contacting people. It’s a business model based on googling, shrieking and making stuff up.

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    Rob Harries – “Fun Fact a Ms L Penny wrote positively about that piece of shit weev back in the day before he was jailed.”

    I dimly remember a while back that the main union for academics got in a little bit of bother because one of their activists recommended an article on the subject of Zionism to their e-mail list …. written by David Duke.

    You would think that academics were a little more observant.

    And of course recently Valerie Palme was endorsing Jewish conspiracies from the alt-right.

    The Left has gone so far out there they are joining some very unexpected company.

  7. “And of course recently Valerie Palme was endorsing Jewish conspiracies from the alt-right.”

    She just pointed out the fact that most neocon warmongers are Jewish. Made a grovelling apology. Got sacked for it.

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