by Cathy Resmer
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 operatesindependently from the newspaper, said he would have dismissed Domenechif the former Bush administration aide and Republican Senate stafferhad not offered to quit first. He said there was "enough smoke" in theallegations 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 theresignation that Domenech had edited one of her books and she had beencheering for him. "But now the determined moonbat hordes have exposedmultiple instances of what clearly appear to me to be blatant liftingof entire, unique passages by Ben from other writers." That, Malkinsaid, is "unacceptable . . . And, painfully, Domenech's detractors, areright. 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.