NRO hires ‘Buzzfeed’ – we mean ‘Plagiarizing’ – Benny Johnson to cut ‘n paste for them
Buzzfeed Benny Johnson whose “savvy about the digital ecosystem” did not extend to knowing how The Google works and how people can use it to track down plagiarizers, has been hired by National Review editor Rich “Hand In My Sparklepants” Lowry because, eh, why not? Hang both National Review and Free Republic upside down and they’re pretty much indistinguishable these days.
According to Lowry: “Benny made a terrible mistake. But he has owned up to it and learned from it. He’s a talented journalist, with obviously a lot to contribute. He knows he’s joining a storied institution at NR, and we look forward to his helping us carry on our mission across all platforms.”
Politico’s corporate bagman Mike Allen adds, “Even a few years ago, “BuzzFeed Benny” might have been locked out of the journalistic academy forever,” which is kind of hilarious because here is serial plagiarizer Ben Domenech with BFF Chris Hayes on the TeeVee, just a few months ago so we’re going to have call ‘bullshit.’
Of course, this may be because there is a certain moral and ethical latitude extended to conservatives because not much is expected of them in the first place other than to not be John Derbyshire and say what they’re really thinking out loud.
Johnson’s new gig calls for him to employ his “youthful digital fluency” and give “NR maximum reach across social media and digital,” by using The Twitter and The Facebook to lure ‘hip’ and ‘kind of groovy’ younger readers to National Review the same way he did at Buzzfeed.
So, we can expect a wealth of ‘Fifteen Cats Who Look Just Like Margaret Thatcher!‘ and ‘27 Ways Ronald Reagan Was Way Cooler Than Kurt Cobain‘ listicles in the very near future.
— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) September 6, 2014
The first thing that NROBenny is going to copy in his new job is the Economist slavery book review.
— Charles (@Ugarles) September 6, 2014
[Photo of Johnson via Twitter]