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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.[1]


1 Background
1.1 Politico
1.2 Controversy
1.3 Accomplishments
2 Personal
3 References
4 External links


Smith's 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).[2] 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) [3] Between 2004 and 2006, Smith also started three of the leading New York City political blogs, the Politicker, the Daily Politics, and Room Eight.

Smith wrote 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.[1] Smith explained that he would be leaving his Politico blog but he would still write for the publication weekly.[4]

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[5] and conspiracy theories about Obama's citizenship[6] and Barack Obama religion conspiracy theories.[7] Smith reported erroneously during that 2008 campaign that John Edwards would be dropping out of the race[8] before the press conference at which Edwards announced that his wife Elizabeth had cancer. Smith later posted an apology[9] and retracted the story. In 2010, he reported on a confidential Republican National Committee fundraising presentation counseling the party to capitalize on fear.[10]
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."[11] This is not in accord with the generally observed journalistic principle, "When in doubt, leave it out."


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