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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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CANCELLED: Conservative Gatekeeper Caleb Hull Has Racial Slur Laden Tweets Exposed After Joining Leftist Witch Hunts Against ‘America First’ Movement

Some poetic justice for Mr. Hull.

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Faux-conservative gatekeeper Caleb Hull, who has attacked many prominent ‘America First’ voices for not being sufficiently politically correct, is now under attack from the same leftists who he has cheered on in the past.

Jared Holt of Right Wing Watch exposed Hull’s history of making offensive comments on social media. Hull worked for Turning Point USA before becoming a digital communications strategist and marketing his services to pro-Trump Republicans.

“In 2014, Hull made anti-Black, anti-Muslim, ​and anti-LGBTQ remarks ​on a Twitter account that ​RWW determined belonged to Hull by reviewing archives from the account and comparing them to still-active posts on accounts where Hull uses his real name. The account, with the handle @FlwTV, was deleted from Twitter shortly after RWW started reaching out to Hull’s industry colleagues,” Holt wrote.

“Hull casually deployed the n-word on​ his​ @FlwTV Twitter account on several occasions and shared jokes in which the slur was the punchline. In one instance, he remarked that he was banned from a streamer’s chat room after he “spammed” the n-word “17 times.” Hull promoted racist tropes about Black people, specifically those involving watermelon and fried chicken, Black children without fathers, and slaves picking cotton,” he added.

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While Holt’s hit pieces are meant to enforce cancel culture on the Right and typically abhorrent, Hull’s history of joining leftist witch hunts against conservative voices guilty of mob-imposed wrongthink has made these circumstances particularly ironic.

Hull once went after Kaitlin Bennett of Liberty Hangout after she was attacked by a mob of campus leftists, inferring that Bennett was asking for it due to her history of confrontational political activism.

“When you knowingly enter an area with hundreds of people who you know hate your guts that will confront you, going in without alerting police or having protection isn’t just “exercising your right to free speech.” It’s just plain old stupid and a call for attention,” Hull wrote in his tweet blaming the victim.

“Nothing unites America quite like hating Kaitlin Bennett,” he wrote in a subsequent tweet.

Hull also attacked right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin, calling her an anti-Semite for refusing to disavow paleoconservative video blogger Nick Fuentes.

The cancelling of Hull by the social justice mob should teach a lesson to every conservative who believes they are untouchable because they serve Conservative Inc. and try to police their speech to appease the Left. Sooner or later, the mob will come for your scalp as well.

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