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Ben Smith (journalist)
Benjamin Eli "Ben" Smith (born 1976) is an American blogger. He is currently
editor-in-chief of the popular website, BuzzFeed.
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first professional reporting job was doing the crime beat for The Indianapolis
Star. He then moved to Latvia to take a position at The Baltic Times and also
began reporting for Wall Street Journal Europe (until 2001). Smith has also
written for the New York Sun (2002-2003), the New York Observer (2003-2006) and
wrote a political column for the New York Daily News (2006-2007)  Between
2004 and 2006, Smith also started three of the leading New York City political
blogs, the Politicker, the Daily Politics, and Room Eight.
for the news outlet Politico from 2007 to 2011, joining as that site expanded
and became frequently cited during the 2008 presidential election. He became one
of its most prominent writers and bloggers.
In December 2011, he was
named editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed. Smith explained that he would be leaving
his Politico blog but he would still write for the publication weekly.
Joining Politico from the New York Daily News in 2007, Smith
covered the Democratic presidential primary for Politico in 2008. He covered
controversies including Barack Obama's contacts with former Weatherman Bill
Ayers and conspiracy theories about Obama's citizenship and Barack Obama
religion conspiracy theories. Smith reported erroneously during that 2008
campaign that John Edwards would be dropping out of the race before the press
conference at which Edwards announced that his wife Elizabeth had cancer. Smith
later posted an apology and retracted the story. In 2010, he reported on a
confidential Republican National Committee fundraising presentation counseling
the party to capitalize on fear.
In January 2017, Smith,
as Buzzfeed's editor, published a highly controversial 35-page dossier about
Donald Trump, which major news organizations, including the New York Times and
NBC News, refused to publish due to lack of credible evidence. Smith defended
his decision by saying, "We have always erred on the side of publishing."
This is not in accord with the generally observed journalistic principle, "When
in doubt, leave it out."
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