Domenech resigns

WashingtonPost.com blogger calls it quits amid allegations of plagiarism.


Tim Grieve
March 24, 2006 11:57PM (UTC)

Well, that didn't take long.

Jim Brady, the executive editor of WashingtonPost.com, has just announced that Ben Domenech has resigned amid allegations that he repeatedly plagiarized the work of other writers.

In a statement, Brady said that he and his colleagues weren't aware of "any allegations" of plagiarism when they contracted with Domenech to write a right-wing blog for the Post's Web site. Brady said editors learned of the allegations within the past day, and that an investigation had already begun when Domenech decided to resign effective immediately.

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"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," Brady wrote. "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."

Brady said that he appreciates "the speed and thoroughness with which our readers and media outlets surfaced these allegations," and that the entire episode "testifies to the positive and powerful role that the Internet can play in the practice of journalism. "

No word yet on whether Red America will continue in cleaner hands, but Brady said that WashingtonPost.com remains "committed to representing a broad spectrum of ideas and ideologies in our Opinions area."


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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