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1. BuzzFeed Fires Its Viral Politics Editor For Not Holding Up Site's Rigorous Standards Of Originality

BuzzFeed announced that it has fired its Viral Politics editor Benny Johnson after discovering "41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites" without attribution, the site's editor-in-chief Ben Smith stated in editor's note yesterday. The decision was presumably a difficult one, and could just as easily have entailed a promotion and raise.