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BuzzFeed’s four-man political research team heads to CNN

Andrew Kaczynski and three of his team will be joining CNN late in the election cycle, as the network continues to beef up its political reporting team

BuzzFeed’s loss will be CNN’s gain, as Andrew Kaczynski and his political research team will be heading to CNN. The news was not broken by either CNN or BuzzFeed, however – and not through a tweet, which is becoming the standard way these things leak – but by Michael Calderone at The Huffington Post.

Going to the cable news channel along with Kaczynski will be deputy politics editor Kyle Blaine and reporters Nate McDermott and Christopher Massie. The team is known as the K-File team.

BuzzFeed and CNN have been feuding as of late, with BuzzFeed questioning CNN’s role in promoting Donald Trump’s campaign, and some of that can come out in the tone of BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith’s tweet on the loss of the reporting team.

Kaczynski may have to change his twitter handle now – it is currently @BuzzFeedAndrew – but maybe not.

The timing of the move is interesting, only 40 days out from the election. There won’t be much time left to influence CNN coverage, which even if CNN network chief Jeff Zucker won’t admit it, has basically been the Trump TV show since the first of the year. Not a day goes by that CNN doesn’t turn over its programming to another Trump rally, what Kaczynski can get on air will be interesting to see.

The new hires are the latest additions to CNN from online news organizations. In the past two years, CNN has added a number of staffers from Politico, Mashable and other news organizations, as the network has become more aggressive in its hiring since Zucker became president of CNN Worldwide on January 1, 2013.