It's no secret that President Donald Trump has been at odds with mainstream news outlets, especially when he believes they report "fake news." After massive layoffs hit BuzzFeed News and the Huffington Post, Trump decided to call the news outlets out for their reporting (or lack thereof).
“Ax falls quickly at BuzzFeed and Huffpost!” Headline, New York Post. Fake News and bad journalism have caused a big downturn. Sadly, many others will follow. The people want the Truth!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019
It would be almost impossible for anyone with half a brain to believe that the massive layoffs weren't a direct result of last week's controversial report on Trump and his supposed connections to Russia. And the Covington story didn't exactly help their case or credibility.
BuzzFeed's Editor-In-Chief, Ben Smith, went on the defense though.
What a disgusting thing to say about dozens of American workers who just lost their jobs. https://t.co/hSnRD5NtpF— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) January 26, 2019
And HuffPost's Editor-In-Chief, Lydia Polgreen, shared Smith's sentiments.
1,000 journalists lost their jobs last week. Ordinary people with rent to pay, families to support, student loan bills coming due. They are workers like any other who do not deserve this cruelty. https://t.co/WCtuZ6iRVx— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) January 26, 2019
A correction: 1,000 people who work in media, not just journalists. The point still stands.— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) January 26, 2019
BuzzFeed reduced their workforce by 15 percent while Huffington Post let go of 20 journalists, The Hill reported.