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Weekend Show Preview – 11.9.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush on CBS’s “Face the Nation” for its 60th anniversary program; Senators-elect Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) on ”FOX News Sunday;” and chess grand master Garry Kasparov on FOX News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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Memo From BuzzFeed EiC Ben Smith – ‘We’ve decided to let Benny Johnson go’

BuzzFeedLogoA 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.

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BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith Reviewing Editor’s Work Amid Plagiarism Accusations

BuzzFeedLogoOn Thursday, Washington and national media hit the ground running amid accusations that BuzzFeed viral politics editor Benny Johnson plagiarized writings.

Gawker report was based on a WordPress dedicated to the accusations titled “Our Bad Media” and included an email from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith to Gawker defending Johnson’s work.

In the email, Smith said, “We’re grateful to @blippoblappo and @crushingbort for pointing out these serious failures to properly attribute two quotations and to credit a source in a third post. We’ve corrected the posts…Benny Johnson is one of the web’s deeply original writers, as is clear from his body of work.”

Since yesterday’s initial post to “Our Bad Media,” several more instances were raised on the site. Smith today told Poynter that BuzzFeed is currently reviewing the viral editor’s work, describing a post with “three serious instances of plagiarism.”

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Friends and Colleagues Celebrate Ken Vogel’s Big Money

photo 1Last night at Glen’s Garden Market, friends and colleagues came together to celebrate Ken Vogel‘s recent Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. The evening was hosted by Mike Allen, Dan Berman, Jeanne Cummings, Ryan Grim and Elizan Garcia, Maggie Haberman, John Harris, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fisher Martin, Laura McGann, Ben Smith, Rachel Smolkin, Liz Spavd, Howard Yoon and Victoria Lai, and Danielle Vogel.

POLITICOs from past and present were there, including CNN’s Chris Frates, WaPo’s Abby Phillip, NPR’s Juana Summers, NYT’s Bill Hamilton, WSJ’s Reid Epstein, POLITICO’s Manu Raju, Burgess Everett, Megan Chan, Marty Kady, Katie Glueck, and Byron Tau.

Highlight: Craft beers and an oyster bar. Big money, naturally.

Weekend Show Preview 1.3 – 1.5

SundayShows12Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Peggy Noonan of WSJ, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, David Sanger of NYT, John Dickerson of CBS

-”Fox News Sunday”: Mitt Romney, Ilyse Hogue, Mark Rienzi, Fox’s Brit HumeAmy Walter of The Cook Political Report, George Will, WaPo‘s Charles Lane

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Frmr. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Dr. Delos Cosgrove, Dr. John Noseworthy, Steve Schmidt, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Judy Woodruff of PBS and NBC’s Chuck Todd

–ABC’s “This Week“: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), ABC’s Cokie Roberts, Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard, CNN’s Ana Navarro, Frmr. Gov. Brian Schweitzer (MT-D), BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)

–PBS’s “Washington Week“: Doyle McManus of the LA TimesAlexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics.com, Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, Jeff Zeleny of ABC

–BTV’s “Political Capital: Frmr. Sen. John Sununu (R-NH), David Plouffe, Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Rich Rubin, Phil Mattingly, Margaret Carlson, and Megan McArdle

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.  

BuzzFeed Brews: A Social Experiment

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Probably the most socially interesting part of “BuzzFeed Brews” Monday night was the pre-gathering in the upstairs bar of Jack Rose saloon, where guests were ushered before the doors downstairs opened.

In a word: awwkward.

People don’t really talk to one another anymore. They tweet, text, check their email and do anything to avoid human contact. One guy was even reading a magazine. For 10 or so torturous minutes, guests stood around in semi-tortured poses, each staring into his or her electronic devices.

A horrible commentary on life, indeed.

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Morning Chatter

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“I wonder if he lurks on Twitter, if he has a secret Twitter account. … Does he have the BuzzFeed app?” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, referencing President Obama at “BuzzFeed Brews” last night at Jack Rose Saloon in conversation with ex-Obama aides Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau.

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Commenter abhors FLOTUS and POTUS abbreviations

“FLOTUS – POTUS – Such stupid and ugly abbreviations… Wish they’d go away forever. Please stop using them. What’s wrong with First Lady and President? Answer: Nothing.” — Rose, who remarked on this post.

In case you think you’re having a bad day…

“Man breaks into home, rants about zombies, then is shot to death, according to police” — LAT

And now, an incredibly boring parody of Politico Playbook by TNR….See here. Or don’t. But either way you’ve been warned.

Meanwhile…Slate has a magnificent photo magic show that’ll help you determine if MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow is the son of Frank Sinatra or Woody Allen. See here.

 Atlantic Wire headline on Politico’s Monday memo: “Politico Has No Time For Your Loser Attitude”

WTF?

“Would be pretty great if @Morning_Joe called itself ‘Morning Jehosephat’ for just one day.” — TNR.

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New York Mag’s Jonathan Chait: “Suzanne Somers writes an anti-Obamacare Wall Street Journal column. Her views are not as deep as you might expect.” Read here. He points out, “If your newspaper is going to publish a weekly column by Karl Rove, you have already crossed whatever conceptual boundary might stop you from publishing Suzanne Somers.”

“Anybody who criticizes Suzanne Somers has to go through me first. National treasure.” — “The Takeaway” congressional reporter Todd Zwillich.

Question to Ponder in Privacy of Your Own Home: “Dude. Why didn’t they just have the NSA design the Obamacare website?” — CNN’s Zach Wolf.

BuzzFeed Brews Books Fast

Unknown-5If you’re dying to go to “BuzzFeed Brews” tonight, where Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith will interview ex-Obama aides Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau, you may be SOL.

The Favreau and Vietor “Brews” are at capacity already – fastest RSVPs they’ve ever seen, we’re told.

The event is first come first serve until they reach capacity.

If you thought White House Correspondents’ weekend was bad. This could be worse. Our advice: Get there early.

BuzzFeed Brews to Feature Ex-Obama Aides

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The upcoming BuzzFeed Brews will feature the dynamic duo of Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau. Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith will come to Washington’s Jack Rose Dining Saloon to interview them on Oct. 28. Media are invited to attend.

Conversation will focus on their time inside and outside of the Obama Administration. Veitor was a flack; Favreau was a speechwriter.

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BAD BLOOD: BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith and Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson Continue Their Feud

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BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith thinks The Daily Caller is “pathetic.” Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson thinks Smith is a “flack” and “fanboy” for Democrats. And just like that, the feud that began when Smith was back at Politico continues brewing.

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