Ben Smith


Ben Smith appears in the following:

The Brian Lehrer Show Live

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Join Brian Lehrer for conversations with Ben Smith, Katie Couric, Jeff Weaver, Peniel Joseph and Raymond Brown. He'll be taking questions from callers and the audience. 

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BuzzFeed's Ben Smith Talks National Politics

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith analyzes the latest national political news.


Monday Morning Politics: DNC Lawsuit, James Comey, Rudy Giuliani

Monday, April 23, 2018

The latest in national news.


RNC Dispatch: Kicking Off Four Days of Feelings

Monday, July 18, 2016

Donald Trump's supporters feel strongly that he's the tough, law-and-order candidate. Will we hear any specific ideas this week that back that up?

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Brexit Regrets, NYC Pride and Other Monday Morning News

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ben Smith from Buzzfeed joins to talk about a number of recent news stories, from Brexit to Buzzfeed's voter registration initiative.

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Monday Morning Politics: The Year in Obama

Monday, December 30, 2013

At his final press conference of 2013, the first question asked of President Obama was "Was this the worst year of your presidency?" Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, assesses whether it's possible to judge that question, looks back at the year in Obama, what to expect from 2014.

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Mayoral Race for Progressives

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ben SmithBuzzfeed editor in chief, talks about how Anthony Weiner's candidacy affects the other candidates, especially those vying for the progressive vote.

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Monday Morning Politics: Benghazi Emails; IRS Targeting; Obamacare

Monday, May 13, 2013

Last Friday was not the calmest day at the White House, as reporters and Republican lawmakers continued to press on the details of the Benghazi embassy attack. Plus, revelations that the IRS was targeting conservative groupsBen Smith, Buzzfeed editor in chief, talks about the latest from Washington.

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Sen. Smith and Councilman Halloran Arrested in Plot to Rig Mayor's Race

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says that NY State Senator Malcolm Smith "tried to bribe his way" into a shot at the New York City mayoral race. Both Sen. Smith and New York City Councilm...

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President Obama Press Conference

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ben Smith, editor in chief of Buzzfeed, gives his analysis of the President's press conference, originally scheduled for 11:15 this morning. It will be the final press conference in his first term. 

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Special Coverage: Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012

WNYC news host and reporter Richard Hake and NJPR host David Furst join Brian for the latest news on the storm, with WNYC reporters and other guests, including live coverage of Gov. Cuomo's and Mayor Bloomberg's press conferences.  Plus, your calls.

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Democratic Convention Coverage Part 2

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Coverage of Day 3 continues at Charlotte with guests from Radio Row at the convention center. Featuring:

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Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: Special Elections in NYC

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Colin Campbell, the man behind the Brooklyn Politics blog, and Ben Smith, senior political writer for Politico, discuss the special elections taking place in the NY-9, 54th AD, and elsewhere in the area.

Did you vote today? Tell us how you voted and why. Phones will be open 212.433.WNYC, or post in the comments below!

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Next for Obama: Focus on Infrastructure

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Honestly in politics it’s hard to overestimate how incompetent people are… you can't totally write off the possibility in politics that people were just bumbling, because often, peopl...

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Debt Ceiling: No End In Sight

Monday, July 25, 2011

There's down to the wire, and then there's this. Ben Smith, senior political writer for, discusses the continued intransigence in the debt ceiling negotiations in Washington, and the various plans being crafted in the Republican and Democratic camps.

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Anthony Weiner’s Twitter Trouble

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Ben Smith, senior political writer for discusses the lewd tweet Representative Anthony Weiner sent out last week, and the controversy that’s ensued.

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In the Senate: Don't Ask, Don't Tell & the DREAM Act

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Yesterday, the Senate voted against taking up a military bill that includes the DREAM Act and a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Ben Smith, senior political writer at Politico, discusses the vote and politics at play. Plus, your take on this morning's surprising Paladino-Cuomo poll - it's closer than almost anyone expected.

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Republican Leaders

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and other Republican stars are headed to New Orleans.'s Ben Smith and Time's Michael Scherer discuss this weekend's Southern Republican Leadership Conference and what's ahead for the Republican party heading into November's mid-term elections.

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ACORN By Any Other Name

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ACORN is reorganizing. Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of the monthly publication focused on New York politics and policy City Hall, and Ben Smith, senior political writer for, discuss the reorganization of the beleaguered anti-poverty group ACORN.

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Copenhagen Climate Conference Begins

Monday, December 07, 2009

The most anticipated conversation about the environment in years will kick off in Copenhagen today. It'll last seven days: Leaders from 192 countries, including President Obama, will ...