BuzzFeed LA Wades Into Bond, Elmo

So how’s it going over at BuzzFeed’s brand new LA outpost? Well, for starters, bureau chief Richard Rushfield and chief correspondent Kate Aurthur have each earned some nice right-hand margin badges: New User, 1,000 Views, 10,000 Views.

This week, Rushfield makes the argument that Skyfall is the first true James Bond blockbuster, while Aurthur got no response (surprise!) from a TMZ rep when she tried to find out if the outlet had paid cash for some 2010 email correspondence between Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash and his now recanted accuser. Meanwhile, via Twitter, David Poland took the media to task for jumping on the TMZ bandwagon and got into it a little bit with Aurthur over her piece:

Rushfield, who is pals with Poland, tweeted he was happy to have the Movie City News vet keeping BuzzFeed’s west coast output “honest.” Overall, Poland tweeted some very good points about the prevalence and perils of TMZ pile-on reporting.

*Update – 11/20/12: In the wake of Clash’s resignation from Sesame Street, Aurthur tweeted this follow-up to Poland:

To which the Movie City News chief replied:

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Richard Rushfield to Head New BuzzFeed LA Bureau