Saturday, March 25, 2006
By Jim Brady, Executive Editor, washingtonpost.com
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.
Executive Editor, washingtonpost.com
Backstory, by John Pettit:
The Post, in response to complaints from many NeoCons that their own journalist, Dan Froomkin, was an evil liberal shill for the Democratic Party, hired someone to do a right-wing blog for them. It was titled Red America, and they contracted with 24 yr old Ben Domenech to do their wingnut blog to 'balance' Froomkin. Liberal bloggers uncovered more than 30 examples of Ben's plagiarism in a day's time. Bye, Ben.
WaPo failed to do any background, much less due diligence, further damaging their already tattered credibility on this issue.
One can only hope this episode will end their pathetic efforts at sucking up to the wingnuts. The NeoCons will never be appeased by 'balance', but only by completely silencing ALL criticism and dissent.
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