Obama Grants First BuzzFeed Interview
President Barack Obama on Tuesday will sit for his first interview with BuzzFeed News, editor-in-chief Ben Smith said Sunday.
The interview with the news and entertainment website marks the latest White House effort to communicate through digital and untraditional media. Obama fielded questions from three YouTube stars after delivering his State of the Union address in January. The White House posted the text of the speech, plus the president's latest budget proposal, on the online publishing platform Medium. And the president has taken directly to the keyboard himself, including for a Reddit “ask me anything” session in 2012.
BuzzFeed, with a growing journalism operation and an emphasis on spreading its content through social media, is calling for readers to submit their suggestions for questions to ask the president.
At the 2013 White House Correspondents Association dinner, the president joked about the website and alluded to his youthful experimental phase, saying, “I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around 2 a.m.”