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Ben Smith of Buzzfeed (formerly Politico)

Ben Smith is a truth-challenged internet reporter from Buzzfeed who previously worked at the Politico. See the posts below for several reasons why he isn't a credible source.

Twitter: @buzzfeedben, previously @benpolitico.

Last modified Jan 9, 2012
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Michael Savage calls for "nationalist party" with a "charismatic leader"; globalists respond - 01/06/13

... "liberals" such as Matt Yglesias, Ben Smith, and Alec MacGillis of The New Republic. And, the reason they're doing that is because the establishment supports globalism, and Savage's comments stand in opposition to the monetary interests of the elites. If those three or others in the same position came out against globalization, they'd soon find themselves out of a job. Over the past few decades...

Ben Smith and Byron Tau can't tell the truth about Obama certificate ("Birthers", Politico) - 04/22/11

If you've seen the Ben Smith posts, you know he's repeatedly lied about the indisputable facts of the Obama citizenship issue. He continues lying today in "Birtherism: Where it all began" (link) which contains a series of false or misleading statements about the indisputable facts of this issue. This time around he's got some help from his Politico colleague Byron Tau. 1. They write "[The Obama...

Ben Smith keeps lying about Obama certificate issue, two years later - 04/01/11

Over two years ago I posted Ben Smith /Politico keeps lying about Obama certificate issue. Now, over two years later, Smith is still lying about the basic, indisputable facts of the matter. At [1] he says: Obama has, as has been reported for years, released the document. Hawaii officials have verified it. The conspiracy theory is crazy. And, having been held at bay by the Republican Establishment...

Ben Smith finally does real reporting on the Birth Certificate (Donald Trump's that is) - 03/28/11

Ben Smith of the Politico is finally doing real reporting on an issue about the Birth Certificate. No, not whatever Birth Certificate Barack Obama has: Ben Smith has a habit of lying about that. Rather, Smith's real reporting involves looking into a certificate of some kind that Donald Trump posted after engaging in "Birther theorizing" (politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0311/...

Chris Christie supports immigration "reform" (aka amnesty) - 06/30/10

... "clarifies" remarks). UPDATE: Ben Smith provides a longer excerpt at [2]: "What I support is making sure that the federal government [plays] each and every one of its roles: Securing the border, enforcing immigration laws, and having an orderly process -- whatever that process is -- for people to gain citizenship." He added: "It's a very easy issue to demagogue and I'm just not going to...

Dennis Welch, Kos, Amanda Terkel, Steve Benen, Ben Smith, Ben Frumin smear Jan Brewer over quote - 06/02/10

... "justification", it's an explanation. * Ben Smith of the Politico politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/Brewer_claim_on_fathers_death_draws_scrutiny.html He links the AZ Republic interview and the Arizona Guardian story, but fails to do any more reporting than any of the others listed who are open about being partisans. * Ben Frumin of TalkingPointsMemo tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/ az-...

Claim: McCain called Republicans against massive immigration "a**holes" (McCain denies) - 01/11/10

... Lindsey Graham didn't repond to Ben Smith's request for comment [1]: [McCain aides John] Weaver and [Mark] Salter begged McCain to ease up. He was already the face of the Iraq surge. Now he was becoming the face of what opponents called “amnesty.” Just tone down the rhetoric, his advisers pleaded. McCain refused. He was disgusted by republicans in Congress and talk radio gasbags such as rush...

Maybe John Richardson of Esquire should try some real reporting (Ben Smith, HotAir, Orly Taitz) - 08/12/09

... lie about this issue) and by Ben Smith of the Politico (who's continually lied about this issue), and it discusses the wacky ways of Orly Taitz, the person some call "Queen of the Birthers". For an important note about her, see [2]. While the Esquire article isn't as bad as it could be in the mocking sense, Richardson might consider that being a real reporter is a higher role than simply being a...

Sonia Sotomayor: affirmative action nominee for Supreme Court? Close to far-left Puerto Rico extremists? - 05/26/09

[SEE THE UPDATES] Judge Sonia Sotomayor is Barack Obama's choice to replace David Souter on the US Supreme Court. Weak GOP talking points are here; Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny (remember him?) have the New York Times' take here. Was she selected only because of her outstanding grasp of legal issues? Or, was at least part of the selection due to the fact that she's a woman and a Hispanic? Were...

Michael Steele: Obama wasn't vetted because of his race (Ali Frick /ThinkProgress, Ben Smith, Marc Ambinder) - 05/22/09

... ThinkProgress trickles down to lying hack Ben Smith at the Politico who links to their post at "Your Friday Steele" [1], saying: What happens on Fridays: Michael Steele guest hosts Bill Bennett's radio show; young staffers at Media Matters and the Center for American Progress listen and compete for the most entertaining sound byte. And, it's a regular hackfest as Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic...

Marco Rubio: illegal immigration amnesty supporter, or not? - 05/13/09

... issue. There's also the problem that Ben Smith of the Politico has promoted him (politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0509/The_new_Republican_Obama.html), saying he's "possibly the only answer to the Republican Party's scariest, least-addressed demographic problem, its alienation of Hispanic voters." He's certainly no Tom Tancredo, and there's a fair possibility that he'll turn out to be more like Jeb...

Frank Luntz GOP strategy memo on healthcare ignores immigration angle - 05/06/09

What kind of 28-page strategy memo outlining how the GOP should handle healthcare would avoid mentioning the immigration angle? Why, none other than the one just released by Frank Luntz. You can download a copy of the PDF from politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0509/The_full_Luntz.html (the link at that page isn't marked as a PDF). I just did a find through the document, and there were no instances of...

Obama's "Open for Questions": even MSM notices how bad it was - 03/26/09

... backfire.) And, the uber-hack Ben Smith offers "Ensuring a friendly audience for online town hall" (politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0309/Ensuring_a_friendly_audience_for_online_town_hall.html): ...The event should not be mistaken, however, for a perfect reflection of the concerns of the American people, or even of American Internet users, for two reasons... One is perhaps unavoidable, and perfectly...

Ben Smith /Politico keeps lying about Obama certificate issue - 03/01/09

If you trust the reporting of Ben Smith of the Politico, I hope to change your mind. He offers "Culture of conspiracy: The Birthers" (link), which is just the latest in his attempt to smear those who have questions about where Barack Obama was born and whether he's eligible to be president. And, this excerpt contains a blatant lie: A quick reality check, before we dive in: The challenges to Obama...

Ben Smith /Politico misleads about Obama birth certificate - 12/04/08

Ben Smith of the Politico offers the blog post "Thank you for your e-mails, cont'd" (link): The baseless Obama citizenship rumor is back, based on an attempt by its purveyors request that the Supreme Court get to the bottom of the case. The "rumor" isn't "baseless", despite what Ben Smith would have you believe: the fact remains that Obama simply has not proven where exactly he was born. In the...

Barack Obama lies about Rush Limbaugh in Spanish-language ads - 09/17/08

... ombudsman *at* washpost.com * Ben Smith of the Politico likewise can't be bothered to do even basic research; he also refers to the largely non-existent "anti-Immigration wing of the Republican Party": politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0908/Obama_vs_Rush_en_Espanol.html * Mark Silva of the Chicago Tribune (mdsilva *at* tribune.com) also can't be bothered to do simple searches: swamppolitics.com/...

CNN Democratic debate November 15, 2007 - 11/15/07

... intertwined. Such "journalism"! Ben Smith at the Politico (politico . com/blogs/bensmith/1107/Terrorism_and_the_border.html) chimes in, saying it was a "very good question". You don't want to know what I thought of the "diamonds or pearls" question. Please, please, please: 1. Go to campaign appearances. 2. Ask tough questions. 3. Upload and promote the response. CNN isn't a news source, they're...