Ramaswamy suggests Buzzfeed consider hiring Barkley, Maher, Owens, Carlson and Rodgers

'No talent should be off-limits to platform, hire, or acqui-hire,' he says

Published: May 29, 2024 9:54am

Updated: May 29, 2024 2:31pm

Former 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who acquired 8.37% stake in Buzzfeed, suggested the media company look to Bill Maher, Aaron Rodgers, Tucker Carlson, Charles Barkley, and Candace Owens as potential hires.

"Go for talents across the political and cultural spectrum. Be bold. Don’t be afraid to challengeyour audiences. From Candace Owens to Destiny, Tucker Carlson to Bill Maher, Aaron Rodgers to Charles Barkley, no talent should be off-limits to platform, hire, or acqui-hire," he wrote in a letter to the board of directors.

Ramaswamy predicted that there will be a "temptation to reject" his recommendations within the company on "partisan grounds," given that he was a Republican presidential candidate.

"It may not be a bad thing for you to hear from someone who shares views in common with >150 million Americans you’re largely missing today, but that’s beside the point," he wrote.

He urged Buzzfeed to apologize for mistakes over the years, such as publishing the discredited Christopher Steele dossier against former President Trump.

He encouraged the company to tell its audience: "We failed in our obligation to tell you the truth. By both omission and commission, werepeatedly lied on issues of national importance, and so did the rest of the media."

Buzzfeed's CEO pushed back on his recommendation of a public apology, arguing that he has “fundamental misunderstandings” about BuzzFeed’s operations.

She said the company would “definitely not" issue an apology for its "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism.”


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