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Breaking: Buh Bye Benny Johnson from BuzzFeed - Plagiarism Doesn't Pay

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Breaking this morning, early, early, early this morning … popular online news and whimsy site, BuzzFeed (you may know the tattooed John Stanton the best), has let a longtime writer/editor go for the chic white collar crime dispensing with a lot of bad apple bloggers: plagiarism. Benny Johnson had his last byline … there.

Big bowl of wrong.

Benny Johnson's credibility should have been suspect from his resumè of shame, he wrote/edited for both Breitbart and Glenn Beck?!?

There's 'yer sign.

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From a slightly and understandably smug piece over at HuffPo, a few juicy yet truly insulting and kinda' disgusting details. Johnson didn't borrow a phrase or two … BuzzFeed had to correct then annotate and re-publish, with the formal Plagiarism Confession, Acknowledgement and Apology article that every 'paper' lives in fear of, more than 40 of his pieces for them.

Ben Smith did the mea culpa.

Smith apologized, adding, "We are deeply embarrassed and sorry to have misled you. Benny’s editors -- I, Katherine Miller, John Stanton, Shani Hilton, and McKay Coppins -- bear real responsibility."

The plagiarism charges first surfaced after a pair of Twitter users began pointing out examples where Johnson appeared to have copied or reworded text from the work of others. Gawker then wrote about the allegations, bringing them to the attention of a much wider audience.

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Benny Benny Benny ... honestly? You did 523 posts at BuzzFeed (prolific you have down, but then it goes a lot quicker when you cheat and don't actually write, the graphics go in surprisingly quickly), and had to have 41 of them pulled and whitewashed? That's an average of 1 out of 12, Dude.

You had best hie thee to Fvx Nation toot sweet, before they re-sign La Palin for a new Putin Watch section in their faux global edition.

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Each article had to get the Scarlet P. You can go to each article and see what journalists are trained to avoid, the evidence of whole passages lifted, in multiples, in over 40 of Johnson's posts.

Reprehensible.

EDITORS' NOTE
This post has been corrected to properly source quotes and phrasing that was copied from The New Yorker and Reid’s autobiography.
BuzzFeed takes its responsibility to readers very seriously, and plagiarism is a major breach of that responsibility. Please read our apology to readers here. JULY 26, 2014, 1:05 a.m.

The list of links to his 41 plagiarized posts was sickening. Whether it was laziness or stupidity, this fellow deserved the firing.

Let's hope he's slightly more careful at Fvx Noise, we think they only tolerate plagiarism in 25% of their content.

 

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Pedophile Pastor's Most Amazing Apology -- You Don't Say

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Years ago there used to be daytime game shows on every network. They were a staple item, so to speak. It was soaps, gamers and an occasional talk show -- Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin come to mind.

One of the very popular audience participation shows -- the technical name for game shows in that era -- was one called, "YOU DON'T SAY." Its concept was to get your partner to say a famous persons name based on clues. These clues were discerned when the player left off the last word of the sentence. From that the partner had to guess a famous name. An example. "The head of a college or university is usually referred to as the (blank). The hope is the partner would answer dean and then they would guess Dean Martin. Pretty simple stuff. Leaving off the last word was the gimmick of YOU DON'T SAY.

The point of the story is that the host of the show, first Jack Barry and later Tom Kennedy, would begin show with the immortal words, "It's not what you say that counts, it's what YOU DON'T SAY."

Well, perhaps this show has been brought back and you didn't know it. But from the feverish rantings against the Christian Journal, some people have gotten the memo.

From Raw Story comes this headline:

Ex-youth Pastor Describes Felony Sex Crimes as Extramarital ‘Friendship’ in Christian Journal

The clue here are the words, extramarital friendship when used to describe a pedophile rape.

The story goes on to talk about the apology letter the convicted youth pastor wrote and was printed online at the Christian Journal. It drew such ire that a hashtag was set up and used by hundreds of Twitter users urging Leadership Journal, which is published by Christianity Today, to #TakeDownThisPost.

What's got all of these folks in an uproar? Well, despite a 2,540 word essay of apology, the convicted child sex offending pastor neglected to mention the words "rape," “crime,” “law,” “statutory,” or “illegal.” Imagine an apology of 2,540 words and somehow none of the truly descriptive nouns or adjectives made their way into this essay?

How do you apologize for committing the illegal crime of statutory rape on a child which is obviously against the law without using those words. See, I used all of those words in one sentence. I didn't need 2000+ to do it.

And that's what got me thinking. Maybe this pastor is auditioning to be a contestant on the return of YOU DON'T SAY.

He's certainly got the concept down -- it's not what you say that counts, it's what you don't say. Where's that Tom Kennedy when you need him?

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GOP councilwoman asked to resign after saying fatal police shooting “saved us a trial.”

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Lucille Kring is a councilwoman from Anaheim, the city in which Disneyland-- "the happiest place on Earth"-- is situated, right here in my home state of California. The councilwoman may not be a councilwoman for long at the rate she's going. Nor is much of that Disney happy rubbing off on Anaheim at the moment.

You see, Councilwoman Kring isn't serving her "pro-life" Republican party very well after her Kring-worthy, er, cringe-worthy praise of the killing of a suspect. Yes, she actually gave a thumbs up to a police shooting that ended a young man's life.

Oh goody, the guy's dead so we don't need a trial! "Always a good outcome," she gushed.

But how do you really feel, Lucille?

Via the Los Angeles Times:

An Anaheim councilwoman is under growing pressure to resign following her online remarks that a fatal police shooting of a 21-year-old man had “saved us a trial.”

Lucille Kring, who now is running for mayor of Orange County's largest city, quickly apologized for her remarks, but some residents pushing for her resignation said it was too late. [...]

“The shooting saved us a trial. Always a good outcome,” Councilwoman Lucille Kring wrote on an online thread for residents of the city’s Colony District. [...]

Genevieve Huizar, who recently lost a wrongful death lawsuit for the officer-involved shooting of her son Manuel Diaz, called Kring’s statements sickening.

“Lucille, apology not accepted,” Huizar said. “How dare you? How dare you?”

Kring's resignation, now that would be a "good outcome."

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Women have abortion rights, so why can't men rape them? asked now apologetic GOP lawmaker.

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Laffy Note: Apparently David Garber and I both decided to post about this pathetic excuse for a human being, and for good reason. It happens. Two writers, two different takes on the same topic.

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Republican Maine State Rep. Lawrence Lockman says he's sorry for appalling statements he made in the '80s and '90s about women's and gay rights, rape, abortion, AIDS, sodomy, and progressives.

It is now 2014. Do the math, State Rep. Reprehensible (R- Busted), because your "mea culpa" is a tad overdue.

Via  the Morning Sentinel:

In a 1995 letter in the Sun Journal in Lewiston, a reader quoted a press statement by Lockman, then part of the Pro Life Education Association, saying, “If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”

This Moment of WTF brought to you by "rape doesn't result in anyone's death" and "rapist's pursuit of sexual freedom," among other things. By the way, does this genius understand that men get raped, too?

So now he's apologizing, just as some Republicans are currently walking back, tempering, or avoiding their own controversial positions on similar issues with an eye toward future elections.

But that's not why Lockman hung his head, shuffled his feet, and mumbled his regrets about something he put out there years ago. Nope, he issued his apology because Progressive blogger Mike Tipping revived them in a very public way in a recent post. Call it a Tipping Point. Local Democrats demanded the State Rep's resignation.

So basically, he was sorry that his earlier vile remarks were rediscovered and spotlighted.

Lockman attributed his bigoted, ignorant, misogynistic idiocy to being "passionate about his beliefs" and declared that he holds " no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation." Sure. Anything you say, Lawrence. I'm passionate, too, about exposing you, an elected official, who has displayed a jaw-dropping lack of judgment, sensitivity, awareness, and basic knowledge on the taxpayer's dime.

Mike Tipping has much more, including:

“In the overwhelming majority of cases, people are dying because of their addiction to sodomy,” Lockman wrote in a 1987 letter to the editor to the Lewiston Daily Sunarguing against funding for AIDS education. “They are dying because progressive, enlightened, tolerant people in politics and in medicine have assured the public that the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted, depraved crime against humanity.”

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