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Dear Daily Caller: It’s Time To Talk About The Ethics of Benny Johnson

A serial plagiarist has no place in conservative media.

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Dear Daily Caller,

It saddens us to write you this note, but for the integrity of conservative media, it must be done.

One of your reporters, Benny Johnson, is a serial plagiarist. Whether his condition is an inherent biological compulsion, or a simple lack of integrity is difficult to tell. We reached out to him and asked, but he did not respond.

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A brief refresher, in case you’ve forgotten. Benny was busted back in his days as a BuzzFeed reporter for more than 40 instances of plagiarism, and subsequently fired by BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, Ben Smith.

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Why you hired Benny is your business. But the problem is this: He’s been encroaching on our business for some time now. Let’s get into the examples, shall we?

Back in October, we obtained an exclusive video showing pro-Trump Cubans in Miami rejecting Nancy Pelosi’s communist agenda. Benny proceeded to rip our watermark off of the video, share it on his Twitter account, and then write a story on your website without attributing the video to Big League Politics. That, we could not abide. Benny only fixed the story once we asked him about it in his direct messages on Twitter.

Hey, once could be an honest mistake, right? Despite his past, which shows evidence to the contrary, we let Benny off the hook.

After several months of ripping our exclusive scoops and posting them to his Twitter account without attribution, which we surely noticed but ignored given the nature of reporting the news via Twitter, Benny crossed the line again on Friday.

In his story, co-authored by Amber Athey, regarding Ralph Northam’s blackface/KKK photograph which was reported exclusively by Big League Politics well before the rest of the media caught up, Benny cited The Virginian-Pilot as the source of the photo:

Benny’s story was published on your site well after he direct messaged us on Twitter, asking that we give up our source to confirm the authenticity of the photograph. Of course, we did not oblige. Serious journalists can independently verify such information on their own, just like The Virginian-Pilot did. After all, we wouldn’t be in business very long if we simply handed all of our sources over to Benny, would we? Perhaps he has difficulty obtaining them otherwise, but it is not our place to speculate.

Currently, Benny, and consequently your news outlet, is one of the last holdouts – other than kooky Mike Cernovich – denying rightful credit to Big League Politics for the Northam scoop.

This fact is not lost among the D.C. politics crowd, including Benny’s own colleague at your site, Betsy Rothstein.

We reached out to many of your staff and received no response as to why you continue to employ a serial plagiarist who demeans our profession regularly. Perhaps he’d be a better fit for a supermarket tabloid, rather than a serious conservative news outlet. We hear the journalist standards at such publications are far less rigorous.

We will be awaiting your sincerest apologies, and a correction to your story.

With concern,

Big League Politics


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Fox News Castigates Former ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ Writer to Satisfy the Left-Wing Mob

Blake Neff is finished at Fox News.

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Fox News is throwing former “Tucker Carlson Tonight” writer Blake Neff under the bus after he was forced to resign for writing politically incorrect posts on an online message board.

CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace released a groveling statement to appease the left-wing mob in which they said that no “racist, misogynistic and homophobic” behavior would be accepted at their company.

“We learned that now former employee Blake Neff, a writer on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ made horrendous and deeply offensive racist, sexist and homophobic comments under a pseudonym on the forum AutoAdmit,” Scott and Wallace wrote in a memo released to all FOX News Media employees.

“We want to make abundantly clear that FOX News Media strongly condemns this horrific racist, misogynistic and homophobic behavior. Neff’s abhorrent conduct on this forum was never divulged to the show or the network until Friday, at which point we swiftly accepted his resignation,” Scott and Wallace added. “Make no mistake, actions such as his cannot and will not be tolerated at any time in any part of our work force.”

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FOX News host Howard Kurtz also piled on during the Sunday edition of “MediaBuzz,” in which the host made it clear that Neff’s bawdy posts under a pseudonym have effectively unpersoned the writer, who will now be vilified forevermore.

“What Neff posted anonymously over five years is very ugly stuff, such as racist jokes including the N-word, derogatory slurs for gays and lesbians, denigrating the Mormon religion and mocking a woman’s dating life,” Kurtz said.

Big League Politics has reported on Carlson’s emergence as the voice of law-abiding Americans during a time when few have the courage to speak out against widespread leftist terror:

Tucker Carlson broke down the left-wing claim that America has a massive and institutional policing problem on his show on Wednesday night, pointing out that police violence has consistently declined against both black and white suspects every year within the last decade.

Tucker pointed out the circumstances of the 10 police shootings of unarmed African Americans in the United States in 2019, pointing out that in some instances the officers were attacked, and in five of the instances the officers were criminally charged. Any death is a tragedy, but the 10 shootings of unarmed black Americans are far lower in comparison to the 19 shootings of unarmed whites.

In any nation as populous as the United States, a certain level of law enforcement abuses and crimes will be inevitable. That doesn’t mean it’s the widespread epidemic that the liberal intelligentsia and race rioters have claimed police violence to be.

Either way, this is a very small number in a country of 325 million people. This is not genocide… It is not even close to genocide. In fact, the number of police killings is dropping. In 2015, during Barack Obama’s presidency, 38 unarmed black Americans and 32 whites were killed by police. Overall totals have fallen since then, and they’ve fallen far more dramatically for African American men.

Tucker pointed out that murder rates within the black community itself pale in comparison to the numbers of blacks killed during interactions with police.

One final number for you, because it matters… In 2018, 7,407 African Americans were murdered in the United States. If 2019 continues on a similar trajectory, that means for every unarmed African American shot to death by police, more than 700 were murdered by someone else. Usually by someone they know.

Is our nation being ripped apart by a total and complete lie- a provable lie? A lie used by cynical media manipulators and unscrupulous politicians?

The crucifying of Neff by the left-wing mob, enabled by the cowardly acquiescing of globalists at Fox News, is likely being done to hurt Carlson’s show and slow its power as a cultural force. Carlson is expected to address the controversy on tonight’s show.

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