NewsFeed with @BuzzFeedBen
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
BuzzFeed Editor In Chief Ben Smith hosts conversations on the intersection of politics, media, and technology — and all of 2017's insanity.
||Clean13: @redsteeze||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 recently for attending a women-only showing of Wonder Woman.) He comes from the right and has a belief that most media sins can be tracked to an attempt to push a progressive agenda. But in a universe increasingly dominated by bad faith trolls whose explicit goal is to destroy the traditional media, Miller — despite his vitriol — is usually in good faith.||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Journalism In Russia's Shadow||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 live inside Russia's media bubble, and why journalists over there aren't particularly interested in the story of Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Zeynep Tufekci||Censorship, algorithms, surveillance — and how these impact today's social media movements.||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Benjamin Wittes||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.||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Bill de Blasio||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 breakdowns, and his very particular gym routine at the Park Slope YMCA.||6/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Why Have A Public Editor When Twitter Will Do It For Free?||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 Buffalo News, before taking the job at the Times — she reacted with "horror" when her publisher suggested they hire their own public editor.For tickets and info about the Northside Festival, visit northsidereport2017.eventbrite.com.||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Al Sharpton||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 skin is the result of the fact that he has no cause beyond his own brand. "I don't mind getting the crap beaten out of me if I can turn around and say to Abner Louima, “those cops went to jail for forty years.” And we did," he said on NewsFeed. "So if you're only goal is you — yeah, we all have an ego, yeah we like the spreads in Vanity Fair. But that's not the goal. That's the means to the end. To him, that is the end. So if you're attacking him, you're attacking his goal." Sharpton also talked about another longtime acquaintance on the right, the late Fox News chief Roger Ailes. "I'd see Roger Ailes and we'd talk, and the funniest thing, he would always tell me, 'You know,' and he showed me a picture he took with Malcolm X back in the day, as a reporter. And I used to tease him, I said, 'So you're going to show me the Malcolm X picture. Why don't you show me the Nixon picture?' I said, 'I think you might've interviewed Malcolm. You worked and helped create Nixon.'" And he blamed Hillary Clinton's defeat not on her failure to bring in white voters, but on her lack of effort in rallying black ones. "You lost Michigan, by what, 15,000, 20,000 votes? You could've got that if you mobilized two housing projects or three churches," he said. "You didn't identify with those in identity politics, that's why you had the lowest turnout you had around blacks in a long time."||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: David Folkenflik on Roger Ailes||"He was a towering figure and a twisty figure."||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Lydia Polgreen||"The tabloid is fundamentally an emotional form of journalism."||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Maggie Haberman & Glenn Thrush||"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 shared roots in New York media, their reporting partnership, and their love (Thrush) and hate (Haberman) relationship with Twitter.||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Brian Stelter||“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 emotions. The way I view the world. The way I view this administration. The way I view the media. I wonder if there’s any other element of life that’s like this." Ben interviews Brian Stelter: father-to-be, the host of CNN's Reliable Sources, and one of the "hardest-working people in this business."||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Charlie Warzel||"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 Is Legitimizing The Pro-Trump Media- From Reddit To Trump’s Twitter — In Less Than 24 Hours- The Right Is Building A New Media "Upside Down" To Tell Trump’s Story- “A Honeypot For Assholes”: Inside Twitter’s 10-Year Failure To Stop Harassment- Here’s Where Donald Trump Gets His News||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: David Axelrod||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 conversation is shaped and driven by tech platforms, and Twitter and Facebook have become totally central to politics.For the inaugural episode, Ben visits David Axelrod, formerly Senior Adviser to President Obama, in Chicago to talk about Axelrod’s perspective on what was perhaps the original fake news story of this political era, his personal history with Trump, and the influence of Fox News.Follow Ben Smith at @BuzzFeedBen, and hear him on this week’s episode of The Axe Files.Find the audience survey at survey.panoply.fm.||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
One of the smartest media podcasts I've listened to
Two interviews in and I'm subscribed. Deep, smart discussions with people who really know their field. What a relief to hear an informed discussion of Reddit and its influence on politics (for example).
The Thrush/Haberman and Polgreen interviews were fantastic, primarily because the discussions were on journalism and tech and how it's evolved in the past few years and during the era of Trump. This is incredibly helpful for aspiring and current journalists navigating through the current climate.
But someone get Ben a Kleenex. He's got a perpetual cold.