NewsFeed with @BuzzFeedBen

NewsFeed with @BuzzFeedBen
BuzzFeed Editor In Chief Ben Smith hosts conversations on the intersection of politics, media, and technology — and all of 2017’s insanity.

13: @redsteeze
Jul 29, 2017 • 48 min
Stephen Miller, who writes under the name @redsteeze and isn’t to be confused with the White House adviser of the same name, is among the most effective of the self-appointed public editors who harry journalists on Twitter. (He also got some attention…
12: Journalism In Russia’s Shadow
Jul 16, 2017 • 60 min
A conversation with Ivan Kolpakov, editor in chief of the Russian news site Meduza, and Inga Springe, a founder of the non-profit investigative journalism site Re:Baltica, about reporting on Russia from just across the border in Latvia, what it’s like to…
11: Zeynep Tufekci
Jul 2, 2017 • 45 min
Nobody has thought more about the intersection of media, technology, and politics than Zeynep Tufekci. Her new book Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, is about the incredible promise and the real weaknesses of these new…
10: Benjamin Wittes
Jun 18, 2017 • 33 min
What a student of executive power and friend of James Comey makes of Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller’s investigation, and the first 147 days of Trump’s presidency.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9: Bill de Blasio
Jun 10, 2017 • 37 min
Ben interviews New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on stage at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn. They talk about de Blasio’s relationship with the press — and its parallels with Donald Trump’s approach to dealing with the media — recent subway…
8: Why Have A Public Editor When Twitter Will Do It For Free?
Jun 4, 2017 • 34 min
Margaret Sullivan, the longest-serving of the New York Times public editors, talks about the awkwardness of being the paper’s in-house critic, the process of choosing to elevate some criticisms over others, and why — when she was chief editor of The…
7: Al Sharpton
May 21, 2017 • 30 min
The Reverend Al Sharpton, whose career was shaped by the same New York tabloid media that created Donald Trump, said Trump called him soon after the election to praise his analysis on MSNBC of Trump’s New York roots. He also said Trump’s notoriously thin…
6: David Folkenflik on Roger Ailes
May 19, 2017 • 41 min
When Roger Ailes’ wife Elizabeth sent a statement on her husband’s death to The Drudge Report instead of Fox News it was, according to NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik, “the final act of Roger Ailes’ revenge” against the network he created. In an…
5: Lydia Polgreen
May 7, 2017 • 38 min
“I think facts and truth are essential to journalism but you need to reckon with emotion. You have to deal with how people feel, otherwise you miss the story.” The new editor-in-chief of the renamed HuffPost says she’s positioning the site in the spirit…
4: Maggie Haberman & Glenn Thrush
Apr 30, 2017 • 49 min
“Is it strange to be that far inside the head of the President of the United States?” “I try not to think about it.” The two New York Times reporters on the Trump beat talk about obsessing over Donald Trump, and about his obsession with them. Plus: their…
3: Brian Stelter
Apr 23, 2017 • 35 min
“I’m afraid, but I’m more curious. What I love about this moment, a few weeks before our first child is born, is wondering how it’s going to change our lives, and not having any idea. I’m wondering how it’s going to change me. How it’s going to change my…
2: Charlie Warzel
Apr 9, 2017 • 34 min
“You can upvote it all the way into Donald Trump’s mouth.” Ben talks to BuzzFeed tech reporter Charlie Warzel about how Twitter and Reddit trolling found its way into the White House briefing room.Read more by Charlie Warzel:- Here’s How The White House…
1: David Axelrod
Apr 5, 2017 • 36 min
The intersection of politics, tech, and media is where all the action is. Since the 2016 election, politics and the media business have become inseparable. We’ve elected an entertainment figure as President of the United States. The media political…