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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.




Mormon Feminist Excommunicated from Church of the Latter Day Saints


Feminism and the Mormon Church simply can't be the likeliest of bedfellows. Big Love and even a few good reviews of The Book Of Mormon will teach any liberal that.

It is still surprising to hear, though, in this day and age, that any organized religion would deliberately alienate the forward thinking women in their ranks, particularly one as able to verbally defend herself as unlikelier activist Kate Kelly.

As reported on by the Huffington Post.

Kelly said before the decision that she will always be Mormon.

"I don't feel like Mormonism is something that washes off," she said. "That identity is not something that they can take from me."

She was shocked to find out earlier this month from her bishop that she is facing excommunication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which she is a lifelong member. The leader of Ordain Women is accused of apostasy, defined as repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings.


News Nation with Tamron Hall had Kate Kelly herself on MSNBC Tuesday morning, and she elucidated her commitment to getting women a better platform in the Mormon Church, uphill trek or not. Craig Melvin was in for Ms. Hall.

To underline the Ick Factor, hard not to do with anything involving the Mormon Church and women, they spoke of the party line response to their desire to get some Bishop-Level attention given to their cause. Not without a penis, tsk tsk.

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The women asked to be allowed in a meeting reserved for members of the priesthood, which includes most males in the church who are 12 and older. Church leaders had previously told the group they wouldn't be let in and warned them not to disturb the faith's biannual general conference that weekend.


Making a Believer Out of U.S.?


Bill of rights

Fred Rich, on the Huffington Post reports an unusual result of a recent survey.

When asked whether they would favor or oppose establishing Christianity as the official state religion in their state, 34% of respondents were in favor (with 20% "strongly" in favor). You read that correctly: 34% in favor of establishing Christianity as the state religion, as in creating a theocracy. There's more: when asked whether they would favor an amendment to the U.S. Constitution making Christianity the official religion of the United States, 32% said yes.

They'd favor an amendment, huh?  Well, let's consider this -- there's already an amendment -- one of the originals, part of the Bill of Rights. It prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of a religion.

It was adopted in 1791 as the FIRST of the original ten amendments.  

If you're going to defend your right to guns with our second amendment, you have to abide by the first one as well.  We can't pick and choose. Obviously the framers had time to think this one over and it must have weighed heavily on their minds if they made it number one.


Video- The 9 Wildest Things Fox News Said In 2012


Oy oy oy. Via HuffPo, h/t David.


Doonesbury: "Having to blog free at the Huffington Post" is "just so humiliating"


Oh Garry Trudeau, you and your pointed sense of humor. You scamp.


Punk'd! Fake "GOP" Congressman dupes Huffington Post


About a year ago, when I first got into the Twitterverse, I was naive to its idiosyncratic Twittery ways. Seriously naive. Bordering on stupid.

When a fellow Tweeter named Rep. Jack Kimble followed me and started sending me right wing talking points, I responded to him as I would any right wing nut job. That was my first mistake.

As it turns out, Kimble is the ne'er do well alter ego of my very progressive, very devoted pal, the hilarious and insightful That's Right Nate. Being the kind soul he is, he filled me in immediately so that I wouldn't look even more idiotic than I already did. But let's face it...

I got punk'd.

But I'm not the only one. At least when I fell for Nate's evil twin, it was only in one or two measly tweets. HuffPo wasn't as fortunate.

They must have read "Rep. Kimble's" blog post, Congressman Kimble and Senator Graham Fight Against "Anchor Babies".

And then, right there on Huffington Post-- big, huge, widely read, constantly and publicly referenced, gargantuan site Huffington Post-- this was posted:

There are already a number of Republican officials who have preceded Kyl in calling for a reworking of the country's citizenship laws. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has proposed the piece of legislation that would repeal the 14th Amendment; he is joined on the House side by Rep. Jack Kimble (R-Calif.).

You can read "Kimble's" response to that here. Want a taste? It's really yummy:

Unfortunately, repealing the 14th Amendment will take a very long time. If anybody remembers the battle for that silly ERA Amendment in the 1970s, you know I'm not exaggerating when I say this may take a decade to fix. That is why we must immediately close off our borders to any sexually active women of child bearing age. President Obama, if you are serious about stopping the problem of anchor babies than every sexually active woman is a ticking time bomb.

Apparently, nobody over there has noticed the bolded part yet. Or the part where Kimble's a fictional character that skewers and spoofs and dupes people like... well, me.

Keep up the good work, Nate!

And yes, he came to me with this story and gave me permission to out him publicly.


Photo- Al Franken Sketches Jeff Sessions During Kagan Confirmation Hearing


Heard about this earlier so I had to go look for it. Pretty damn amazing, but I don't know, he kinda messed up on the "racist gnome from hell" shading... Totally stolen from HuffPo.