BuzzFeed canceled an ad deal with the RNC because of Donald Trump

You might have heard: Media organizations are divided over how to cover Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and some journalists have come out in opposition to Trump

But did you know: In a memo to staff on Monday, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti said Monday that the company has canceled an ad deal with the Republican National Committee because of the “tone and substance” of Donald Trump’s campaign. Peretti explains in the memo that some of Trump’s ideas, such as ban on international travel for Muslims, would “make it impossible for our employees to do their jobs.” The agreement between BuzzFeed and the RNC was signed in April and accounted for about $1.5 million, but a RNC official said no money had changed hands yet.

+ Kelly McBride on why this could be a bad business decision for BuzzFeed: “Most publishers place a very high bar on refusing advertising, as well as articulating a thorough process for making such decisions. They don’t want to be accused of censoring dissenting voices. But they also don’t want to be in a position of turning money away. If BuzzFeed has such a policy, they didn’t reference it in this decision.” (Poynter)