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Gawker’s John Cook Guts McKay Coppins’ BuzzFeed Story on Marco Rubio

McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed’s political editor, is no stranger to haters among his New York media compatriots.

In January, the bespectacled politics wonk drew ire from Complex’s Foster Kamer and Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa over a story hedging their apparent-newfound love of guns on a photo from a shooting range.

Now, he’s in Gawker editor John Cook‘s crosshairs over a story that seems to have a similarly flimsy premise.

Entitled “The Endless Vetting of Marco Rubio,” Coppins’ post details weaved into the 555 pages of a Democratic opposition research firms book on the Republican Party’s rising star from Florida. The question he’s left with: “What element of his time in Florida politics will come back to haunt him?”

“Hmmm, yes, what element, exactly? Well, Coppins doesn’t quite say,” Cook wrote with that biting tone Gawker usually saves for Politi — er, “The Politico.”

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BuzzFeed Names Political Editor

McKay Coppins has been promoted from political reporter to political editor of BuzzFeed. During the past presidential election, Coppins guided the site’s coverage of Mitt Romney.

“McKay was one of the breakout political reporters this cycle and is primed to run one of the best politics teams out there,” said Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, in a statement. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him as our political editor.”

Coppins will work work closely with Smith on the site’s political coverage.