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Friday, March 24, 2006

Not to belabor the plagiarism point, but...

Washington Post blogger resigns after discovery of plagiarism. Ben Domenech had been hired to write the "Red America" blog for the WaPo. A bunch of liberal bloggers uncovered evidence that he had been guilty of plagiarism in the past. He resigned, but apparently would have been fired anyway.

Jim Brady, executive editor of Washingtonpost.com, which operates independently from the newspaper, said he would have dismissed Domenech if the former Bush administration aide and Republican Senate staffer had not offered to quit first. He said there was "enough smoke" in the allegations of plagiarism "that we needed to sever the relationship."

To their credit, even the conservatives recognize that what Domenech did was wrong.

Michelle Malkin, a prominent conservative blogger, wrote before the resignation that Domenech had edited one of her books and she had been cheering for him. "But now the determined moonbat hordes have exposed multiple instances of what clearly appear to me to be blatant lifting of entire, unique passages by Ben from other writers." That, Malkin said, is "unacceptable . . . And, painfully, Domenech's detractors, are right. He should own up to it and step down."

Keep in mind, all of this controversy is about material Domenech wrote before he was a blogger. Imagine what would have happened if he had plagiarized material directly on his blog.

 

March 24, 2006 at 05:02 PM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink

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he...yeah, very timely. Kinda spooky, actually. Was gonna post on it myself, but now that you've covered it I can get more sleep...

Posted by: odum | Mar 24, 2006 7:27:25 PM

Get over yourself!

Posted by: Tim | Mar 25, 2006 11:01:24 AM

Huh?

Posted by: odum | Mar 25, 2006 3:46:41 PM

Malkin should have no trouble recognizing plagiarism, given her own recent past:

http://johnlombard.blogspot.com/2006/01/michelle-malkin-plagiarist.html

>Imagine what would have happened if he had plagiarized material directly on his blog...<
...as Malkin apparently has.

Posted by: Blier Watch | Mar 26, 2006 3:46:02 PM

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