Ben Smith and Fred Dicker Disagree About Liz Benjamin, Andrew Cuomo, Journalistic Values and The Meaning of ‘Dossier’
In the wake of Buzzfeed’s bombshell report that Andrew Cuomo’s office kept a dossier on the slights blogger Liz Benjamin wielded against their boss (and tried to get her fired for them), Buzzfeed editor–and story author–Ben Smith appeared on Fred Dicker’s radio show to talk about the piece.
Mr. Dicker of course is one of Mr. Cuomo’s closest allies in the press, with his radio program being the site of a regular “gentle colloquy” with the governor.
And it was clear from their brief interview that Mr. Smith and Mr. Dicker do not reside in the same reality.
At first, Mr. Dicker disputed the newsiness of the story.
“If someone tried to get you fired, Fred, I would certainly consider that a story,” Mr. Smith shot back. Read More