DOUBLE STANDARD: BuzzFeed Refuses Advertising to Republicans Over Trump
If there’s one thing conservatives have learned over the last few years, it’s that their businesses can be targeted if they refuse any customers on ideological grounds.
Conservative bakers have been forced to bake gay wedding cakes or face lawsuits, fines and harassment.
Liberal business however, operate under a different set of rules which is why the liberal site BuzzFeed is able to refuse advertising business from Republicans.
BuzzFeed pulls out of $1.3M advertising deal with RNC over Donald Trump
BuzzFeed has pulled out of advertising agreement with the Republican National Committee over objections to Donald Trump’s rhetoric.
The buy was for $1.3 million, a source close to BuzzFeed told POLITICO. The source said that the main consideration was the site’s employees – that BuzzFeed could not countenance “having employees make ads, or working at the company and having our site promoting things, that limit our freedom and make it harder for them to live their lives.”
Asked if the site would rule out any Trump advertising, the source said the specifics would matter: “In general, we have taken the position that we won’t take ads for his presidential campaign.”
In an email to staff on Monday, BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti explained that in April, the RNC and BuzzFeed signed an agreement to “spend a significant amount on political advertisements slated to run during the Fall election cycle.” But since Trump became the nominee his campaign has proven themselves to be “directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States,” because of proposed bans on Muslim immigration and comments about descendants of immigrants, among other policies.
Will Buzzfeed now face lawsuits and death threats like they would if they were a Christian business that didn’t want to bake a gay wedding cake? If not, why not?