One day after a Washington Post column blamed CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker for the rise of Donald Trump, quoting BuzzFeed co-founder Ken Lerer sniffing, “It’s a not-unfair knock on CNN to say that they went all in on Trump and helped him enormously,” Zucker revealed he’d snagged Buzzfeed’s crack K-File team that’s made headlines debunking various Trump campaign claims.
Andrew Kaczynki and his news-gathering gang gave notice at Buzzfeed today and start tomorrow at CNN to break news there in the final month of the election cycle. Kaczynski, BuzzFeed deputy politics editor Kyle Blaine and Buzzfeed reporters Nate McDermott and Christopher Massie jumped in unison to the cable news network.
Kaczynski’s team found that now oft-played audio of Trump giving begrudging support for the invasion of Iraq, contradicting the candidate’s continuing claim he opposed the war.
Kaczynski’s also the guy who unearthed the video disproving Trump’s claim that he opposed U.S. intervention in Libya in ’11.
“I guess this means that CNN has seen the value in doing the kind of tough reporting on Donald Trump that BuzzFeed News has been doing all presidential cycle and we wish Andrew good luck,” BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith said in a statement for news coverage of his loss.