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Dave Portnoy on Jason Whitlock: ‘So Far Below Me In Every Facet of Life’

“I’m more successful, I’m smarter, I’m funnier, I make more money, I’m not fat. No offense.”

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After turning his feud with Jason Whitlock down to a simmer, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy turned the heat back up with the release of his The Dave Portnoy Show with Eddie & Co. this week with comments he made about The Blaze host.

“Whitlock is so far below me. In every facet of life. It’s like, who cares, He really is. I’m more successful, I’m smarter, I’m funnier, I make more money, I’m not fat. No offense. What is the point of me even engaging? He’s a troll. Maybe the biggest ringing indictment of guys like him, like if I decided I wanted to have no morals like he does, and just try to build my career on inciting political people, I’d be the biggest thing of all time. It’s the easiest thing to do. He’s trying to do it. He’s just, so unfunny.”

The war of words began last week when Whitlock called Portnoy a fraud, saying he had “no redeeming qualities other than his wealth”. Portnoy responded simply by saying “You’re fat”.

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James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Hit With Layoffs

Layoffs continue to hit the media industry as James O’Keefe announced the Project Veritas dismissals in a Nov. 28 internal email.

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Layoffs continue to hit the media industry as James O’Keefe announced the Project Veritas dismissals in a Nov. 28 internal email reviewed by The Daily Beast.

Approximately six people will be laid off, according to a person familiar with the plan and the report cites that it’s not transparent how many people work for Project Veritas, but from the nonprofit’s tax returns from 2019—the most recent available—list 45 employees.

Laying off six employees would mean more than 10 percent of the nonprofit’s staff were let go. Nonetheless, Project Veritas didn’t confirm the numbers to The Daily Beast

“As a part of our annual review process, we assess the performance of our organization and manage headcount to focus on attracting, maintaining and hiring the best talent available,” the group stated to The Daily Beast.

 “We’re always looking to hire the best people to carry out the gold standard of investigative journalism.”

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BuzzFeed Axes 12 Percent of Its Workforce Due to Costs Cuts

BuzzFeed is axing 12 percent of its workforce, or around 180 staffers, as the company cites costs cuts and becomes the latest media outlet to lay off workers.

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Media outlets are following through with layoffs or at least considering job cuts to ensure particular budgets, and the latest BuzzFeed is axing 12 percent of its workforce or around 180 staffers (h/t Variety). 

The reason for BuzzFeed’s decision to axe jobs is due to cut costs as the digital media company faces headwinds, including an ad-spending withdrawal and the culmination of its integration of Complex Media.

“In order for BuzzFeed to weather an economic downturn that I believe will extend well into 2023, we must adapt, invest in our strategy to serve our audience best, and readjust our cost structure,” CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in a memo to employees about the job cuts.

The bulk of the company’s layoffs happened on Dec. 6, with only a few cases of severance extending into 2023

BuzzFeed reported a 15 percent boost in revenue, to $103.7 million, boosted by Complex Networks for the third quarter of 2022. However, its net loss increased to $27.0 million compared with a net loss of $3.6 million in the year-earlier period. 

“It is clear that advertisers are continuing to exercise caution around spending as a function of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” CFO Felicia DellaFortuna said on the earnings call.

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GE Purchases Every Ad In The New York Times

GE included more than 22 full-page color ads in the paper of record’s print edition Tuesday.

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For the first time in its history, only one advertiser is shown in today’s edition of The New York Times.

GE included more than 22 full-page color ads in the paper of record’s print edition Tuesday. The company is being split into three separate publicly traded companies, GE HealthCare, GE Aerospace, and GE Vernova, an energy division.

The first investor day, according to Sara Fischer of Axios, is scheduled for Thursday.

In addition to all of the newspaper’s advertising, GE also purchased much of the real estate on the outlet’s website, and also secured space in the company’s popular The Daily podcast.

Fischer’s report says GE spent “seven-figures” in the campaign.

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