On Friday, Buzzfeed went after Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for not commenting on an article the Wisconsin Republican never read, Breitbart.com reported, calling the report an example of "BenSmithing," a derogatory term named after Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith.
"Rep. Paul Ryan refused to react Friday to an op-ed penned by Sen. Rob Portman, in which Portman reversed his position on gay marriage and announced his son is gay," the Buzzfeed article written by Rebecca Berg said.
But in the next paragraph, Berg wrote that Ryan admitted that he never read Portman's editorial.
"I haven't even read it," Ryan said, "pulling from his blazer a printed copy of Portman's op-ed, which he had requested from his staff," Berg added.
Breitbart's John Nolte took Buzzfeed to task for taking Ryan's lack of response out of context.
"All they want is to BenSmith Ryan with a misleading headline," Nolte said.
According to the Urban Dictionary, "BenSmithing," a term coined by Breitbart News, is defined as a "political tactic that disguises itself as journalism in order to protect Democrats, most specifically Barack Obama."
On Thursday, Nolte took Buzzfeed to task for three similar articles slamming Republicans for things they didn't say.
One article, for example, screams that "Marco Rubio Shrugs Off Climate Change In State Of The Union Response" in its headline.
"When we point out that no matter how many job-killing laws we pass, our government can't control the weather," Rubio said in his response to Obama's State of the Union address.
"It's a left-wing clown car over there," Nolte wrote of Buzzfeed.
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