Ben Smith, formerly of the New York Times, BuzzFeed, and Politico, is under fire for hosting an event with his new media company, Semafor, that lists Tucker Carlson as one of the guests.

Nandini Jammi, co-founder of @CheckMyAdsHQ, tweeted “Hey @semaforben, tell me why you invited the biggest white nationalist in America to join you at your first event? What are your plans over at @semafor?”:

She added, “What do you do when the biggest names in journalism are literally f***ing friends with the white nationalists?”

LOL. They’re trying to cancel Ben Smith now?

He responded, “Our plans are to ask hard questions of powerful people — I don’t think there are a lot of journalists who would refuse to do that interview?”

We’ll note that Taylor Lorenz will also be interviewed at the event:

Semafor’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith will conduct 1:1 interviews with Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz, Politico’s John Harris and Tucker Carlson of Fox News.  Carlson will be joining the program remotely.

Hopefully Ben asks Taylor about all those corrections in her Johnny Depp-Amber Heard article to really PISS them off:

Other blue-checks jumped in. From Jeff Jarvis:

And here’s from Oliver Wilis:

More anger:

Yes, but you’re not dealing with reasonable people:


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