In a development more suited for the satirical National Report than the conservative lie rag National Review, disgraced former Buzzfeed editor Benny Johnson is joining the staff at the aforementioned misinformation station as the site’s head of social media.
Benny made a terrible mistake,” said NRO chief Rich Lowry. “But he has owned up to it and learned from it. He’s a talented journalist, with obviously a lot to contribute.”
Johnson was fired from Buzzfeed in July after damning evidence surfaced that he plagiarized from Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers, and other sources. “Plagiarism, much less copying unchecked facts from Wikipedia or other sources, is an act of disrespect to the reader. We are deeply embarrassed and sorry to have misled you,” Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Benny Smith said of the termination.
More than forty examples of blatant plagiarism were discovered among Johnson’s work after Buzzfeed conducted an internal review.
Johnson apologized shortly after his termination. “To the writers who were not properly attributed and anyone who ever read my byline, I am sincerely sorry,” he wrote on Twitter.
Johnson quickly did what any self-respecting thief and liar would do: he found a job in conservative media.
According to Politico’s Mike Allen, Johnson “will start by giving advice and running NR’s Twitter and Facebook accounts” and will eventually “do more creative work of his own.”
Prior to his time with Gawker, Johnson worked with other publications that don’t care much for facts: Breitbart and The Blaze. In addition, the former College Republican worked on Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign.
It’s good to know that forty instances of blatant theft and dishonesty only warrant a classification of “mistake” in the eyes of the National Review. We look forward to Johnson’s future “original” contributions.