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Michael Moore blasts Buzzfeed for failing journalism

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An upset Michael Moore criticized the news website Buzzfeed late last night for publishing an article contradicting his story accusing border patrol agents of racism after a Palestinian filmmaker friend was detained at the Los Angeles Airport on his way to the Academy Awards.

“I like Buzzfeed, and I understand the pressure that online reporters are under,” Moore wrote. “But I think everyone agrees that, despite all the awesome kitten gifs, they’re still obligated to be skeptical of government officials and ask the right questions.”

Moore was angry at Buzzfeed writer Tessa Stuart for quoting an anonymous government source and citing a document contradicting his version of the story.

“Consider how many times over the past ten years that journalists have handed out anonymity to government officials who have then used that anonymity to lie with impunity (We’re exactly ten years from the start of the Iraq war,)” Moore wrote. “I don’t think Tessa Stuart and Buzzfeed want to become the Judy Miller/New York Times of 2013. So I wish they had been able to take a step back and be skeptical of the ‘official story.’”

Moore criticized Buzzfeed for finding it “unthinkable” that a Palestinian would be held by Homeland Security, suggesting that the organization was not suitably dedicated to journalism.

“Again, I know it takes Buzzfeed time to write all the articles about 17 Celebrity Puppies You Didn’t Know Are Bisexual. (I’m not judging, I just clicked on that myself),” he said. “But it would be great if they could find some time in the day for journalism too.”

 

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