The blog Our Bad Media yesterday charged Buzzfeed political writer Benny Johnson with three counts of plagiarism, alleging that Johnson lifted information for three articles from sources like Wikipedia, U.S. News & World Report, and Yahoo! Answers and republished the passages as his own.
Gawker's J.K. Trotter coaxed a (highly snarky) statement from Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith on the matter:
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.
Today, the anonymous writers behind Our Bad Media replied to Smith's statement with six more instances of Johnson's alleged plagiarism, from sources including Wikipedia, the New York Times, the Heritage Foundation, About.com, and an intern at National Review. You get the sense that they're willing to play this game for as long as Buzzfeed wants.