Benny Johnson (journalist)

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Benny Johnson
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Johnson in 2014
Born Benny Arthur Johnson
Education University of Iowa, BA, 2009
Occupation Journalist

"Buzzfeed" Benny Arthur Johnson is an American journalist.[1] Johnson grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in organic chemistry and developmental psychology in 2009.[2][3]


In 2012, Johnson became an editor at BuzzFeed.[2] After being prompted to look into 500 of Johnson's articles, other editors found over forty instances of plagiarism. Johnson was subsequently fired and apologized for not giving due credit.[4] He then became the digital director at National Review before joining Independent Journal Review as the creative content director in 2015.[5] On March 21, 2017, the company suspended Johnson after deciding that one of his articles did not meet their editorial standards. The article promoted a conspiracy theory that Judge Derrick Watson's partial blocking of Executive Order 13780 was connected to former President Barack Obama's visit to Hawaii.[6][7] Johnson and Independent Journal Review's relationship was terminated in October 2017,[8] and he subsequently became a reporter-at-large for The Daily Caller.[9][10]


  1. ^ Terris, Ben (2015-06-09). "Benny Johnson got fired at BuzzFeed. You will believe what happened next". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  2. ^ a b Rothstein, Betsy (2012-12-18). "For a Fun Time at D.C. Buzzfeed, Call Benny". Ad Week. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Find your inner scientist: Benny Johnson at TEDxUIowa". YouTube. 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  4. ^ "BuzzFeed fires Benny Johnson for plagiarism". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  5. ^ "IJReview hires Benny Johnson". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  6. ^ Chasmar, Jessica. "Benny Johnson suspended by Independent Journal Review: Report". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  7. ^ "Benny Johnson Suspended From Independent Journal Review After Assigning Bogus Story". Heat Street. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  8. ^ Fischer, Sara (October 20, 2017). "Scoop: Benny Johnson out at Independent Journal Review". Axios. Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ Calderone, Michael (2017-11-17). "Moore's anti-media campaign -- Big deal frenzy -- Fixing mass shootings coverage -- Vanity Fair 'panic' -- WaPo expands media desk". Politico. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  10. ^ Nwanevu, Osita (2017-11-17). "Today in conservative media: Mike Pence was right about being alone with women". Slate. Retrieved 2017-11-18.