A note to editorial staff sent Friday evening from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced that the website has parted ways with Benny Johnson – a viral politics editor – after identifying “40 instances of sentences or phrases copied, word for word, from other sites, many of them inappropriate sources in the first place.”
On Thursday, a WordPress titled “Our Bad Media” highlighted several accusations, later reported by Gawker. On Friday, several more instances were raised on the WordPress, prompting Smith to tell Poynter that BuzzFeed was currently reviewing Johnson’s work.
The below memo was shared with Fishbowl by BuzzFeed publicist Ashley McCollum.
Also, “Editor’s Note: An Apology To Our Readers,” from Smith.