Friday, March 24, 2006

It's not long over now for Domenech

The nice thing about the net is you can see these things happen in virtually real-time.
Here's what Howard Kurtz is saying about Domenech...

Jim Brady, executive editor of, said Domenech was hired because "we were completely unrepresented by a social conservative voice." He said his goal "is to provide voices from as many perspectives as possible" and that Domenech is not intended to balance anyone in particular on his staff.

Domenech is "controversial" and the fact that liberals object to his hiring "shouldn't really be a shock to anybody," Brady said.

Said Domenech: "I'm there to do opinion. That's what I do. I'm not a journalist."...

Late yesterday, the liberal Web sites Daily Kos and Atrios posted examples of what appeared to be instances of plagiarism from Domenech's writing at the William & Mary student paper. Three sentences of a 1999 Domenech review of a Martin Scorsese film were identical to a review in Salon magazine, and several sentences in Domenech's piece on a James Bond movie closely resembled one in the Internet Movie Database. Domenech said he needed to research the examples but that he never used material without attribution and had complained about a college editor improperly adding language to some of his articles.

The question is not somebody who questions "liberals" and criticizes them, but whether the use of invective, abusive language, "truthiness," and downright lies qualifies as a "voice" worth representing.

I think Domenech's "the editor did it" isn't going to fly; all they have to do is find the editor, and of course if the editor only "did it" to Domenech's articles, he's toast.

It's only a matter of time now...

Update: I don't think the editor made him copy his Cafepress line.

Update: Domenech "resigns," and does the "Jeff Gannon I was the victim" gambit.

There are just too many instances of this. And no, Box Turtle Ben, there is no attribution to P.J. O'Rourke, in the on-line version of your rip-off, so we have to conclude that when you say:

In one instance, I have been accused me of passing off P.J. O'Rourke's writing as my own in a column for the paper. But the truth is that I had met P.J. at a Republican event and asked his permission to do a college-specific version of his classic piece on partying. He granted permission, the piece was cleared with my editors at the paper, and it ran as inspired by O’Rourke’s original.

you're lying.

Update: No attribution of P.J. O'Rourke appeared in the original version either, according to Media Matters.

Final update (I swear!) P.J. O'Rourke weighs in according to- heh- the NY Times, and yep, he never gave the little plagiarist permission.

And Box Turtle is evidently still drawing a salary from Regnery at least as of the time the Times article went to press; they're the folks who published that steaming swift-boat pile of lies about Kerry, so a plagiarist as editor probably isn't a problem for them.

Mr. Domenech works full time at Regnery Publishing, a publisher of conservative authors like Michelle Malkin and Tony Blankley. Ms. Malkin, whose latest book was edited by Mr. Domenech, posted a column on her blog yesterday that described the evidence of plagiarism as "damning" and called for Mr. Domenech to resign from The Post.

A spokeswoman for Regnery, Angela Phelps, said that while Mr. Domenech remained an employee, the company would look into the accusations.

(HT: Atrios on that one.)

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