BuzzFeed Scoop: James Mattis Won’t Disavow Facebook Meme from Allen West

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 3: (L-R) Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief, Guardian News and Media, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, and Ben Smith of BUZZFEED attend An Evening With The Guardian at Industria Studios on May 3, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Guardian)
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BuzzFeed continues to cement its reputation as an unintentional parody of social justice warriors.

From The Federalist:

Ben Smith, the BuzzFeed editor-in-chief, took to Twitter to demand that retired 4-star Marine general James Mattis–who has been selected as Secretary of Defense by President-elect Donald Trump–respond to a fake news meme at, a clickbait site run in the name of former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).

According to BuzzFeed, a manager of the Facebook page for the website posted a meme that featured a picture of Mattis and the text “FIRED BY OBAMA TO PLEASE THE MUSLIMS” and “HIRED BY TRUMP TO EXTERMINATE THEM.” BuzzFeed provided zero evidence that Mattis posted the image, approved it, uttered any of the phrases in it, knew the fake news meme existed, or that he even knows what a fake news Internet meme is.

Smith nonetheless demanded that Mattis respond.

“Mattis is really going to remain silent on this?” Smith incredulously asked on Twitter on Monday morning. “The allegation here is, literally, that his job is to commit genocide,” he stated.

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