Who is Benny Johnson?
Benny Johnson is an American political columnist, who first attained fame as a staff writer at BuzzFeed, and is now the host of “The Benny Report” show. Moreover, he’s the chief creative officer of the organization Turning Point USA.
Benny Johnson Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Beneful Johnson was born on 27 May 1987, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. He hasn’t revealed his parents’ names and their vocations, but according to some reports, his father is a doctor and his mother a psychologist. Furthermore, he hasn’t revealed whether he has any siblings or not.
Benny became interested in journalism during high school, however, he also had other interests, such as football. He matriculated from a local high school in 2005, after which he enrolled at the University of Iowa, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in developmental psychology in 2009.
Benny first joined Breitbart, the far-right syndicated news, opinion and commentary website launched in 2007 by Andrew Breitbart, the infamous American conservative commentator. He was slowly earning a name for himself, sharing some questionable thoughts and opinions, after which he was hired by Glenn Beck as a full-time contributor at TheBlaze, another conservative website.
His presence in conservative media increased, and in 2012, he was hired by BuzzFeed as the newest staff writer.
While at BuzzFeed, Benny wrote articles such as “New Anti-Obamacare Stunt: A Creepy Carnival On The National Mall“, “21 Really Cool Facts About The US Capitol You Probably Didn’t Know“, and numerous others. However, in 2014 it was discovered that Benny plagiarized almost 10% of his work, which resulted in his immediate firing from BuzzFeed.
STOP 🛑 Christians, who do you put your faith in? Man or God? If you answered “God” why don’t you start acting like it?…
However, he quickly found a new outlet to share his opinions and thoughts. Benny apologized for his deception at BuzzFeed and joined National Review, launched by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955, as its digital director.
However, just a few months later, he was recruited by the Independent Journal Review as its creative content contributor, and began writing for the website, but was again accused of plagiarism. The article in question was about then-House Republican Conference chairwoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and though the investigation continued, disciplinary action wasn’t taken.
He continued to write for IJR, but he was the center of media attention again in late 2017, because of an article that contained controversial tweets made by a Boston Antifa Twitter account. However, it turned out that the account was fake, and the article was later removed.
Benny and IJR’s business relationship finally ended in October 2017, when he violated the company policy again, being involved in an article in which he wrote that Jude Derrick Watson’s partial blocking of Executive Order 13780 was in connection with former President Barack Obama’s visit to Hawaii. This was regarded as a promotion of conspiracy theories, and after publishing the article, he was suspended.
Next, Benny was demoted for his actions, as he was verbally abusive towards IRJ employees. Furthermore, it was reported that several staff writers left the post because of him, eventually resulting in him being fired from IJR.
He has since found employment with the Daily Caller, and has also been the Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of Charlie Kirk’s right-wing non-profit Turning Point USA since 2019.
— The Benny Report (@TheBennyReport) November 19, 2022
To speak further of his accomplishments, Benny is the host of his own show, “The Benny Report”, which airs on NewsmaxTV, and has made a few appearances in the political talk show “John Bachman Now” (2021-2022) in addition to many other appearances.
Benny started his YouTube channel in 2007, but it was only a year ago that he started making videos regularly; some of his earliest include “Lawrence Polling Place. 2010…” from 2010 and the following year “HELP! DC Devastation, where IS our President?!“.
However, these videos haven’t become popular, unlike his most recent creations; his comedic take on President Joe Biden in the video “What if normal people talked like Joe Biden?” has earned him more than 11,000 views.
Along with his popularity in the written media and television, his popularity rose on YouTube as well. The right-wing conservative political commentator now has almost 280,000 subscribers, and his videos have attracted about 105 million views.
Some of his most popular videos include “Rep Chip Roy: I’m Wondering When We Voted To Go To War“, which now has more than 11 million views, then “SAVAGE Trump“, which has been viewed over seven million times, “Is Joe Biden Mentally Fit to be president?“, with more than four million views, and “Don Lemon ends his own Career when told he won’t Receive Reparations“, with 2.5 million views, in addition to numerous other videos that have only increased his popularity.
As of mid- 2022, Benny Johnson’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 million, which he’s earned through his career as a political commentator, writer, and TV host.
Personal Life, Married, Wife, Children
Benny doesn’t talk much about his personal life; however, some information has become public knowledge. According to reports, Benny has been married to American registered nurse Katelyn Rieley since 13 November 2016, since when the couple has welcomed two children together, Ellouise and Juliet.
For a time, Benny lived in Washington D.C., but since has moved to Florida, though he hasn’t shared which town. In one of his many videos, Benny has talked about the reason behind his move, saying that the crime rates in the US capitol have increased drastically, also that he’ll pay lower taxes in Florida.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
This political commentator is brown-eyed and has brown hair. He’s 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, and weighs about 160lbs (72kgs); his vital statistics are unknown, but he has an average build.
Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia
Benny has used other social media outlets to share his opinion, including Instagram and Twitter, on which he has millions of followers.
He’s a huge sports fan and can be seen at National Basketball Association (NBA) games also at National Football League (NFL) matches.
Because of his massive popularity, Benny has often been called the ‘Godfather of the Conservative Internet’.
Benny is known for his charity work, and has collaborated with a number of philanthropic organizations, including the Florida Disaster Relief Fund, and helped raise funds for underprivileged children, and to build shelters for animals.