A BuzzFeed official said Thursday that the news outlet is donating $25,000 to a journalism nonprofit using the earnings from the sales of its “failing pile of garbage” merchandise.
“Cool thing: thanks to people who bought the failing pile of garbage merch, we get to donate more than $25k to @pressfreedom,” the head of U.S. news at the publication tweeted.
Cool thing: thanks to people who bought the failing pile of garbage merch, we get to donate more than $25k to @pressfreedom
— Shani O. Hilton (@shani_o) January 12, 2017
The profits are going to the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom.
President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE on Wednesday railed against BuzzFeed, calling the site a “failing pile of garbage” after it published a privately produced intelligence dossier that contained unverified claims about Trump’s connections to Russia.
At a news conference Wednesday, Trump also said the site would “suffer the consequences” for publishing the documents.
In response, BuzzFeed unveiled a store selling items including a limited edition garbage can and bumper stickers and T-shirts featuring the “Failing Pile of Garbage” phrase.
BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith has defended the publication of the dossier, writing in a memo that although “there is serious reason to doubt the allegations,” the site aims to be “transparent in our journalism and to share what we have with our readers.”
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