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The Ben Domenech scandal

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What a tool. Blogger gets coveted Washington Post token RWDB position. Blogger get caught plagiarising. Blogger lies about famous writer giving him permission to plagiarise:

A 24-year-old blogger for The Washington Post, Ben Domenech, resigned yesterday after being confronted with evidence that he had plagiarized articles in other publications …

Evidence of one instance of plagiarism first surfaced on the liberal blog Daily Kos on Thursday. A comment posted on the blog said a passage from an article by Mr. Domenech was nearly identical to a chapter from P. J. O’Rourke’s book, “Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People …

Mr. Domenech also said that he may have mixed up his notes with articles from other authors.

“Frankly, if I had been less of a sloppy writer,” he said, “this wouldn’t be a problem.”

He explained the passage that appeared to be copied from Mr. O’Rourke’s book by saying that Mr. O’Rourke gave him permission.

Contacted at his home in New Hampshire, Mr. O’Rourke said that he had never heard of Mr. Domenech and did not recall meeting him.

“I wouldn’t want to swear in a court of law that I never met the guy, Mr. O’Rourke said of Mr. Domenech, “but I didn’t give him permission to use my words under his byline, no”

Throw in the obligatory self-martyrdom:

Mr. Domenech addressed his detractors yesterday in a blog post on, where he will remain a contributor. “To my enemies: I take enormous solace in the fact that you spent this week bashing me, instead of America,” he wrote.


Written by Admin

March 27, 2006 at 9:54 pm

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