Ben Domenech Resigns

I guess he decided to make it easy for them.

In the past 24 hours, we learned of allegations that Ben Domenech plagiarized material that appeared under his byline in various publications prior to washingtonpost.com contracting with him to write a blog that launched Tuesday.

An investigation into these allegations was ongoing, and in the interim, Domenech has resigned, effective immediately.

When we hired Domenech, we were not aware of any allegations that he had plagiarized any of his past writings. In any cases where allegations such as these are made, we will continue to investigate those charges thoroughly in order to maintain our journalistic integrity.

Plagiarism is perhaps the most serious offense that a writer can commit or be accused of. Washingtonpost.com will do everything in its power to verify that its news and opinion content is sourced completely and accurately at all times.

We appreciate the speed and thoroughness with which our readers and media outlets surfaced these allegations. Despite the turn this has taken, we believe this event, among other things, testifies to the positive and powerful role that the Internet can play in the the practice of journalism.

We also remain committed to representing a broad spectrum of ideas and ideologies in our Opinions area.

Jim Brady
Executive Editor, washingtonpost.com

It’s nice to see some journalistic integrity being expressed here. Thanks, Jim Brady!

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3 thoughts on “Ben Domenech Resigns

  1. I’m going to end my short study of Ben Domenech soon, since there are more important topics to turn to. But I want to add links to the two posts he has made at Red State since resigning from WaPo. In the first, he defends himself from the accusations of plagiarism, tries to blame the stolen texts on an editor for his college newspaper, and portrays himself as a lone victim of the evil liberal blogosphere:

    http://www.redstate.com/print/2006/3/24/151255/259

    In a second, Domenech finally admits his wrongdoing and attempts to excuse himself based on being young:

    http://www.redstate.com/story/2006/3/24/231559/931

    I appreciate that Ben is young. I hope Ben will learn and grow and change from all of this.

  2. Don’t be so quick to thank Jim Brady. He’s admitted that he’s just going to hire another ranting reactionary blogger to replace Domenech. And don’t forget that the reason Jim Brady thinks he needs to hire a conservative bloggers is because conservatives are denouncing Dan Froomkin, an evenhanded journalist, as a liberal. The right thinks that the truth has a liberal bias that needs to be balanced by conservative lies, and that’s why Ben Domenech got this gig in the first place.

  3. One more thing:

    General J.C. Christian, patriot, has selflessly volunteered to replace Domenech as the WaPo’s new Red America blogger. Go ahead and write to Jim Brady to recommend the General. If you don’t have time to compose your own email, feel free to copy n paste this one. Brady won’t notice.

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