Ben Domenech Has Resigned – And It’s the Right Move
I was getting antsy about posting on this, but I held off, because I frankly had a feeling events would overtake my post – and for once, my instincts were right.
More in a few minutes…
UPDATE 1:08 p.m.: As I said, I wanted to address the controversy, but I was waiting to see if Domenech would post today about the allegations. I was quite vocal in welcoming the concept of Red America to the Washington Post, and that hasn’t changed. Unfortunately, Domenech was a poor standard-bearer. The left, of course, were having a field day with the plagiarism allegations, and to their credit, they were right.
Let’s have none of this half-hearted grudging acknowledgment – we were right with RatherGate, and they were right here. Furthermore, they did us a service, believe it or not, by finding these examples of ‘idea theft’ and bringing them to light. We don’t want the conservative viewpoint, in such a high-profile outlet, to be represented by a plagiarist.
I’m glad Ben did the right thing – I’m sorry for the embarrassment this must cause him, but actions have consequences. Plagiarism is a very, very serious matter for a writer. It was the only decision that could be taken under the circumstances. This need not be embarrassing for other conservatives – as I said, the idea of reaching out to the right by the WaPo was a good one. It will turn into an embarrassment, however, if we pretend this is anything other than what it is. It’s not a leftwing conspiracy – it’s a problem Domenech brought on himself.