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Domenech writes under the name of Augustine at Redstate.


My critics have also accused me of plagiarism in multiple movie reviews for the college paper. I once caught an editor at the paper inserting a line from The New Yorker (which I read) into my copy and protested. When that editor was promoted, I resigned. Before that, insertions had been routinely made in my copy, which I did not question. I did not even at that time read the publications from which I am now alleged to have lifted material. When these insertions were made, I assumed, like most disgruntled writers would, that they were unnecessary but legitimate editorial additions

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But all these specifics are beside the point. Considering that all of this happened almost eight years ago, and that there are no files or notes that I've kept from that brief stint, it is simply my word against the liberal blogosphere on these examples. It becomes a matter of who you believe.

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To my enemies: I take enormous solace in the fact that you spent this week bashing me, instead of America
Domenech 4/22/06



I'm adding more here, the Redstate server is overloaded.

I can rebut several of the alleged incidents here. The most recent accusation, is that I stole a music review from Crosswalk and passed it off at National Review Online. In fact, I wrote both lists myself; I was one of Crosswalk's music review contributors at the time.
The Left has also accused me of foisting Sen. Frist quotes and some descriptive material from the Washington Post for a New York Press article on the Capitol Shooter. But the quotes I used were either properly credited or came from Sen. Frist’s press conference, which I attended along with many other reporters. So it is no surprise that we had similar quotes or similar descriptions of the same event. I have reams of notes and interviews about the events of that day. I also went over the entire piece step by step with NYPress editors to ensure that it was unquestionably solid before it ran.

Virtually every other alleged instance of plagiarism that I’ve seen comes from a single semester’s worth of pieces that were printed under my name at my college paper, The Flat Hat, when I was 17.

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


Warning the Redstate server is very slow. Domenech has more.

Originally posted to pollyusa on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 12:49 PM PST.

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  •  Where is Nixon's resignation speech when you need (9+ / 0-)

    it.......cry me a river....what about the NRO...what was this editors name because you just liabled him you spinless wimp.

    •  I've added more (4+ / 0-)
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      Rita in DC, Bionic, NYC Sophia, Sanuk

      of the response by Domenech in the post. The Redstate server is on the edge,

      •  Hmm Sounds familiar (17+ / 0-)

        You know the first couple of graphs there read a whole lot like Jeff Gannon's Goodbye Cruel World post on Talon news.....

        Seriously, what an ass.

        Instead of copping to having screwed up, hes pulling the famous Republican Weasel-Dance, that they all attempt when they get caught red-handed doing something very wrong.

        First he whines about the ferocity of the criticism leveled at him, without addressing how valid it is, or the fact that it was in response to his In-your-face trolling.

        Then he defends himself against a few straw-charges (the Crosswalk-NRO one) while ignoring the ones that have real and serious merit (He fails to mention his plagiarism of the Washington Post, Salon.com, the IMDB or Rolling Stone you'll note) . Then, just because he can, he flat-out lies about another. I sincerely doubt PJ O'Rourke said "you want to rip me off? Go right ahead!", and even if he had, he would need to attribute the Piece in an acknowledgement or its STILL wrong. (HE claimed the same thing about Salon until they called BS on him)

        Finally, as a grand finale, he ignores all the obvious evidence of his guilt and tries to blame all his transgressions on an otherwise unnamed editor (congressmen like to blame "overzealous staffers" in the same situation); all the while ignoring the fact that he was at this LONG after he dropped out of college.

        Meanwhile his buddies lay down cover-fire. In typical right-wing sleaze fashion, the owners of the site try like hell to cut off debate and limit challenges to the official line. In this case they cut off any ability to comment and challenge these self-serving assertions, just minutes before they were posted. (they Suspended the ability of new accounts to post comments--I wonder if my old one still works)  

        By tomorrow they'll be saying "the issue has been addressed, it's now a non-story." In a few weeks the Line will be "Poor Ben nothing more than the victim of a left Wing smear machine..."

        Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

        by Magorn on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:08:22 PM PST

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        •  I love it!!!! (3+ / 0-)
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          The Famous Republican Weasel Dance.

          I think we should use that for every Repub that resigns in disgrace and then cries "It wasn't my fault!".

          ie "Rove did The Famous Republican Weasel Dance on Fox, after his indictment forced him from the Whitehouse."

          Just to give proper attribution, di you just come up with that or is it common parlance somewhere?

          A vote for the Democrats is a vote for Democracy. A vote for the Republicans is a vote for Empire.

          by Bionic on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:20:25 PM PST

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        •  That's what I said, too! (1+ / 0-)
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          Check it here.

          Ben's post at RedState (1+ / 0-)

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             civil society

          Is the most pathetic thing I've read since Gannon.

          What is it with Republicans and their martyrdom?  It's always:

             The hate mail that I have received since the launch of this blog has been overwhelmingly profane and violent. My family has been threatened; my friends have been deluged; my phone has been prank called. The most recent email that showed up while writing this post talked about how the author would like to hack off my head, and wishes my mother had aborted me.

          The bolded part is the exact same thing Jeff Gannon said.  That's what makes this even funnier.

          So many people complain, always talk about change yo but what's your contribution to life?-J5

          by fabooj on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 02:46:36 PM PST

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  •  Poor Augustine! (2+ / 0-)
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    Bathos is his middle name...

    "If you get an outfit, you can be a cowboy, too..." : The Smothers Brothers.

    by wozzle on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 12:47:30 PM PST

    •  St. Ben the Martyr (4+ / 0-)
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      Isn't the Right's capacity for aggrevieance Almost limitless (perhaps matched only by their Chutzpah)

      Self-reflection simply ain't his thing apparently.   Delusion on the other hand? well he's all ABOUT that.

       So in Ben's mind he isn't a sleazy unethical journalist who got a  WaPo job on the basis of sheer Nepotism; no no.  In Ben's Mind,  he is Good St. Ben the Holy Martyr who was the aggrieved victim of a vicious and nasty horde of un-godly Un-American Liberals.  

      In his mind he Isn't a troll who sewed the wind and reaped the whirlwind with his “ in-your-face-Leftist traitors”  inaugural blog post.  Instead, in his own mind, he's a noble man, who heroically offered his innocent flesh to be rent and torn by us Mad-dog lefties in order to distract us from our usual past-time of bashing America.

      And we wonder why we feel we can never reach these folks....

      Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

      by Magorn on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:19:32 PM PST

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  •  Did Box Turtle Ben ever write a WAPO article? (0+ / 0-)

    I haven't checked (why give him hits), but am curious if anyone knows for sure.

    Give me Liberty or give me death! (-6.88, -6.15)

    by guyermo on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 12:48:02 PM PST

  •  Not me! (7+ / 0-)

    Wow, what a whiny, lying sack of crap. We're supposed to believe all the examples of plagiarism that have been found—including those after he left college—were really the doings of others who are out to discredit him? Talk about a classic persecution fantasy. He's either a serial liar or someone who is deeply mentally disturbed and should be getting medical attention.

  •  aoeu (3+ / 0-)
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    Will somebody tell him women aren't attracted to men with a martyr complex?

    Life isn't baseball, no matter how far you're down there're always more innings for you and the people you love to fight for the causes you hold dear.

    by TealVeal on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 12:49:24 PM PST

  •  And there you have it.... (13+ / 0-)

    He resigned because he never did anything wrong.

    Who's writing for him now - Tom Delay?

  •  asdf (11+ / 0-)

    Why does every right-wing nutjob consider everybody on the left his/her enemies. Enemies!? We don't give enough shit to actually be his enemy. We just think he is pathetic, incompetent, and should lose his job. As for the whole Americe-bashing, he is an insult to most Americans who actually live their lives playing by the rules and not cheating. His sole employment at WaPo has been nothing but America-bashing.

    Mikhail Khaimov San Francisco, CA

    by Tsarrio on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 12:50:54 PM PST

  •  Hey Boxie (4+ / 0-)
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    tell it to Jason Blair

  •  Hilarious! (4+ / 0-)
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    once caught an editor at the paper inserting a line from The New Yorker (which I read)

    LOL

  •  Well. (13+ / 0-)

    At least he didn't blame it on Clinton.

    I do not have my own blog.

    by Frank on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 12:52:27 PM PST

  •  It frankly reads (17+ / 0-)

    like a tissue of lies.

    But maybe it is true.

    Here's the thing. He just called all the dogs out AGAIN!

    What will P.J. O'Rourke say?

    What other things will be found.

    This is like Gary Hart calling on the pres to follow him AFTER the Donna Rice thing had already happened.

    Bizarre.

    •  The editor at the college paper (12+ / 0-)

      has already written in to Atrios to call that section a bunch of nonsense:

      Hi --

      This all seems to have happened really fast. I hadn't really checked the news til midday today when I saw all of this happened. It might be kind of moot now, but I was Domenech's editor at The Flat Hat when he was writing the reviews. Four people, including me, would have handled his copy, the others being my assistant section editor, the managing editor and the editor.

      This should seem obvious, but no one on the editorial staff was going into Salon (or wherever) and pasting whole sections into his reviews. We were more concerned about getting the paper done so we could get home at 2 in the morning instead of 5. We may have put additional words in the story, but it would never have been completely foreign content. It was just editing.

      http://atrios.blogspot.com/...

      -dms

      •  I should add (6+ / 0-)

        that I have a still-functional (I think) RedState account, and I'm seriously weighing posting this link to his "apology" story.

        -dms

        •  Do it! (0+ / 0-)

          Please. These people are crazy. They need input from their leaders to see sense.

          [-7.88/-6.67] Forged Demon - Zen Politics

          by sohei on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:46:26 PM PST

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          •  All right, cover me (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm going in.

            Odds are, I'll be banned within about half an hour or so.

            -dms

          •  Comment has been posted (3+ / 0-)
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            Here's the direct link: http://www.redstate.com/...

            I'll write a diary if anything excessively amusing happens. I expect to either be ignored or banned.

            -dms

            •  Definition of 'desperation' (0+ / 0-)

              I'm liking the hilarious first response:

              Probably a set-up  By: BlueHoo  

              For all we know, these "editors" were a bunch of liberal kooks intent on setting Ben up to tear him down later (I'm sure Ben's politics were no mystery to the rest of the Flat Hat staff, and these "editors" seem to be conveniently lurking on Atrios).  They could have easily snuck passages into Ben's original work, and stored this nugget away as ammunition against his promising future.  It's really sad what antics people will stoop to...

              Seems tinfoil knows no partisanship

              The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. - John Adams

              by tipsymcstagger on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 03:18:23 PM PST

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            •  HAHAHA (1+ / 0-)
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              lazybum

              Here's an "answer" from Red State:

              For all we know, these "editors" were a bunch of liberal kooks intent on setting Ben up to tear him down later (I'm sure Ben's politics were no mystery to the rest of the Flat Hat staff, and these "editors" seem to be conveniently lurking on Atrios).  They could have easily snuck passages into Ben's original work, and stored this nugget away as ammunition against his promising future.  It's really sad what antics people will stoop to...

              Oh my GOD that is unbelievable.  He comes up with a "theory" that, 7 years ago, a bunch of "liberal kook" college editors deliberately planted plagiarized material into his articles to set him up just in case he one day became a big time journalist or whatever.  Now who is really the kook here?

              The best part is, after making this completely unsubstantiated and logically absurd theory, he says "It's really sad what antics people will stoop to..." as if his "theory" was somehow proven fact!  Wow...just...wow!

              Of course, besides the fact that the "theory" is hysterically, laughably paranoid, it also fails to absolve Domenech from culpability.  Even if it were true, he would know full well that his articles were being published with plagiarized material attributed to him.  It would STILL be his responsibility to correct the record, if just to preserve his reputation.  But by not saying anything, he would be giving tacit approval to the plagiarism.

              Man, these Red Staters are complete idiots.

    •  NRO Corner just apologized (7+ / 0-)

      A MESSAGE TO OUR READERS [The Editors]

      As the previous links on the matter mention, at least one of the pieces Ben Domenech is accused of having plagiarized was a movie review for National Review Online. A side-by-side comparison to another review of the same film speaks for itself. There is no excuse for plagiarism and we apologize to our readers and to Steve Murray of the Cox News Service from whose piece the language was lifted. With some evidence of possible problems with other pieces, we're also looking into other articles he wrote for NRO.

  •  Quite possibly the lamest excuse ever (10+ / 0-)

    He is just a victim of a serial editor. I mean, you know editors spend so much time culling other writers work to find juicy bits. Then they can just insert in their own otherwise lame writers work. There has to be a former editor out there that could be contacted. Is the Washington Post merely a cut and paste operation? If that's the case can we expect more Shakespeare and less of the boring old right wing shil?

    Could we just have a little Oscar Wilde and Kurt Vonnegut mixed in the prose of a typical "democrats aren't organized" article?

    Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the begining of wisdom. ---Bertrand Russell

    by leeroy on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 12:53:49 PM PST

  •  Threats from Liberals? (2+ / 0-)
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    I never like it when I read that cons have gotten horrible hate mail from us liberals. It's contrary to everything we stand for. It puts us on their pathetic desperate level.
    Do you guys think he really got those horrible emails?

    Better the occasional fault of a gov't that lives in a spirit of charity than one that remains frozen in the ice of its own indifference. FDR

    by scoutt on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 12:54:00 PM PST

  •  Libel and slander, too? (5+ / 0-)

    He's building quite a list of youthful indiscretions to be investigated.

    Wonder if he's hired Stephen Glass to represent him.

    Wonder what the the William & Mary editor has to say.

    Well, Mark, the President has worked to elevate the discourse in this town.
    -- Scott McClellan 5/17/2005

    by coloradobl on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 12:55:11 PM PST

  •  Thank God (20+ / 0-)
    this whole sordid affair is over, so I can get back to bashing America.
  •  He's a typical Republican he blames the other (6+ / 0-)

    guy for his own mistakes and failures.  It's like Duke Cunningham blaming the briber for his taking the bribes.  

    These people have absolutely no shame.  

    Don't be so afraid of dying that you forget to live.

    by LionelEHutz on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 12:57:06 PM PST

  •  Wow, I went and read the whole (13+ / 0-)

    piece at RedState and I think it is the least convincing explanation I have ever seen.  He does have an interesting strategy, however.  First, talk about how there have been terrible death threats against him and his family, throw in some defamatory statements.  Then, once he has the sympathy of the reader, deny all charges without any proof.  Of course, make the argument about who do you trust, which is a difficult argument to make when accused of plagarism with no rebuttal evidence or a believable explanation.  Then argue that this would have happened to anyone because liberals are evil and hate us.  Finally, conclude with a pat on the back of himself for withstanding the controversy with a final attack on the patriotism of those who found him out.  Unconvincing but nicely done, I am sure the RedStaters will adore it.

    •  And you have to love (5+ / 0-)
      that he's now proudly taking some of the bullets Libruls are always firing at America.  Not only he is free from blame, he's a frickin' hero!
    •  Says that WaPo was 'convinced by his arguments' (1+ / 0-)
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      on "many of these issues."

      From Ben's not mea culpa:

      I have a great many friends who are willing to stand and defend me on this. I appreciate their support. I have enormous respect for Jim Brady and the vision he has at WPNI. But while the folks at washingtonpost.com understand my position and are convinced by my arguments on many of these issues, they also feel that the firestorm here will only serve to damage us all, and that there is no way this blog can continue without being permanently tagged to this firestorm. Therefore, I have resigned this position with washingtonpost.com.
      [emphasis added is mine]
      http://www.redstate.com/...

      I'd be interested in hearing if WaPo agrees with that statement.  Talk about spin and lack of accountability.

      So, will he learn from this?

      On Bush: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --(borrowed from) Churchill

      by joanneleon on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:48:40 PM PST

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      •  Another lie (2+ / 0-)
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        Apparently

        Kurtz:

        Jim Brady, executive editor of Washingtonpost.com, which operates independently from the newspaper, said he would have dismissed Domenech if the former Bush administration aide and Republican Senate staffer had not offered to quit first. He said there was "enough smoke" in the allegations of plagiarism "that we needed to sever the relationship."

        The man lives in a fantasy land.

  •  'It wasn't my fault...' (6+ / 0-)

    "...I didn't do it, somebody else did and they're all out to get me..." Now, where have we heard these words before? What wonderful role models these selfish, soulless shills are for their children/offspring, eh? Has ANY of the Rethugs' failures EVER simply admitted they f-ed up? Anyone? Not that I would, but I could actually vote for a GOoPer who admitted responsibility for a mistake...

    "...and the ones that are lucky ones come home on the day after tomorrow..." -- Tom Waits

    by Newton Snookers on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:00:58 PM PST

    •  Yes, I'm sure it's not his fault (2+ / 0-)
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      His college editor didn't have anything better to do with his time like; classes, drink, medicate hangovers, try to pick up girls/boys, work at getting a paper out, eat, sleep, none of that....he/she just searched for lines from the NY Times that he could insert into Bens work so years later it could look convincingly like a pattern of plagiarism and he would have to resign from his job.  I'm sure that's it. Right!!

      Does the devil wear a suit and tie, Or does he work at the Dairy Queen- Martin Sexton

      by strengthof10kmen on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:21:24 PM PST

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      •  Exactly... (0+ / 0-)

        ...There are SO many people in his self-constructed, enormous, ego-centric universe who actively are planning the demise of his career, that you really have to wonder about that "universe's" "Creator"...
        "Intelligent design"? I think not...

        "...and the ones that are lucky ones come home on the day after tomorrow..." -- Tom Waits

        by Newton Snookers on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:29:05 PM PST

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  •  Banned from Redstate (20+ / 0-)

    Man, those guys just aren't having a good day, I guess. I got banned for posting this (I assume banned, my comment is still there but I can't post any more):

    Someone call the wah-mbulance By: rebrane
    Awww, the poor widdle major media columnist got a prank call? How awful that must be for him!

    Ben, maybe it's time for you to go softly into the dark night, instead of continuing to dig a hole deep enough to fit all your buddies in it with you. Blaming the liberals for your ethical lapses must be a lot of fun, but think about what it does to the credibility of anyone who believes you.

    I know, it sucks to get fired, but you did kind of stick your head in the cannon.

    I'm glad he's declining to take my advice. Let's hear it, loud and clear: plagiarism is a conservative value! It really IS okay if you're a Republican! Say it loud, say it proud!

    •  Why you got banned (1+ / 0-)
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      wah-bulance and the poor widdle.... comment. Simple enough.

      •  I guess so (1+ / 0-)
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        By The Root

        But the commenter above me who called for my death was apparently operating within the limits of civil discourse.

        •  Lol. You don't live in a red state (1+ / 0-)
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          I mean that with the best of intentions, but it's like being at a cocktail party with a bunch of people who disagree with you. They can say terrible things that offend you and it won't be noticable by anyone but you. However, when YOU say something offensive, every head in the room turns.

          The burden is on you, the stranger, to be hospitable and friendly, and to adapt. Not on them, whose party you are invading. Your arguments are not held to the same standard. However, their respect is worth more because of that. Well, maybe their respect isn't worth your time in this case, but in real life it is.

          •  Honestly, I thought I'd get away with it (0+ / 0-)

            The thread beforehand had more than a few posters saying that these allegations were very disturbing and hard to refute, so I figured I might coax a few other dissenters into the open. I don't know what I was thinking. But at least I managed to land the one critical comment in the whole thread!

          •  Not so much (1+ / 0-)
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            I have been a member and have read Redstate for close to a year and a half. When I first started posting there I was impressed by the level of discourse, people would return to threads for days with fresh research and information.

            Differing viewpoints were commom and seemed welcome. In fact, the discussions were stimulating because of the variety of voices.

            That has all changed. Redstate has become a mini Free Republic. All who question the Redstate CW are eventually, usually within minutes, banned. Several of the editors there are incredibly unpleasant (I'm putting this as nicely as I can).

            I honestly can't think of any contributor currently at Redstate that I respect anymore. In the early days some of the contributors were open to actual conversation a give and take. They have changed.

            I live with and deal with Republicans everyday, from cocktail parties to board meetings to my dinner table. Many have my utmost respect.  

             

  •  i love the way this young man (7+ / 0-)

    lives up to that whole culture of "personal responsibility" thing.

    the buck always stops elsewhere with these pinheads.

    "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

    check out An Angry Yank in Kent. now mostly legible!

    by lipris on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:07:42 PM PST

  •  Pants on fire (4+ / 0-)
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    I love the way he directs attention away from the specifics, saying that they're "beside the point."

    What a moral midget--a whole slew of them, judging from some of the other comments on that blog.

  •  what a loyal republican patriot he is (5+ / 0-)

    Never admit error, never admit guilt, and never feel shame.

    He is true to his (corrupt cheating lying stealing) party.

    No surprise there!

    "I did NOT have sex with that lobbyist!"

    by donailin on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:08:04 PM PST

  •  Typical plagiarist (7+ / 0-)
    I once had a plagiarist emailing me that her work was highly sought after by everyone in the department, that she'd been published and knew everyone whose work she'd lifted, blah blah blah blah, etc.

    Little did she know every word she wrote in her emails was going not just to me, but the chair of thedept and the dean.

    Given she didn't know what a sentence was or why using a period, instead of a comma, can be considered a matter of courtesy to your readers :=D --- and given every word was a lie --- a lot of people had some good laughs at her expense.

    She was one of my more excessively excuse filled plagiarists. Usually they just stalk me or accuse me of killing their grandmother with the shock.

  •  Hey I posted this diary first! (4+ / 0-)

    I guess I forgot to put in "Breaking"...LOL

    "...because the waging of war, by its nature, is total--but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial." - Daniel Berrigan

    by Brubs on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:09:59 PM PST

  •  Geez (13+ / 0-)

    At least O.J. Simpson's alibi fooled a few people. And his story included Colombian drug lords parachuting into Brentwood.

    Why should anyone expect this lying, bigoted little fucktard to take responsibility for anything, given that the official slogan of the Republican Party is "My Dog Ate My Homework"? George W. Bush could punch Barbara Boxer in the nose on national television, and I'm sure Domenech and his Kool-Aid drinking, flat-Earth junta would characterize the event as "Liberal Senator Attacks Bush's Hand With Face."

    Dishonesty is the oxygen of the Republican Party. The kid lies. Then he gets caught, so he lies about the lying. Rinse and repeat.

    The good news, of course, is that Jeff Gannon finally has a tennis partner.

    I'm a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn -- Ron Burgundy

    by IndyScott on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:11:06 PM PST

  •  Now that was pathetic. (9+ / 0-)

    That "explanation" from Domenech is laughably awful.  Anyone who bothered to fully read all of the instances of plagiarism would easily be able to tell that he is full of poo.

    First, the notion that his campus editor was inserting pilfered quotes into his work is absurd.  What editor would want to do that much work, rather than just let his piece stand on its own?  Moreover, if he was upset about this, why didn't he say anything?  And we would have to assume this rogue editor was doing the same thing to others, who would also be peeved.  Such an editor would be caught and delt with in a hurry.  The notion that at 17 he was too young to understand the idea of plagiarism is also ludicrous.  You don't write for even a college paper without having those standards easily available.

    Second, the supposed permission from O'Rourke--yeah, right.  We'll certainly see what PJ says about that.  Regardless, I'm sure that even if O'Rourke did give such permission, he would have fully expected Domenech to [i]credit the original source[/i].  It's still plagiarism if he doesn't do this.

    Third, his defense of the article on Frist is absolutely ridiculous, as he says it's because he got the same quotes as everyone else covering it.  But it's not just the quotes from Frist that are stolen--it's the text of the article itself that is supposed to be Domenech's words!  How could he possibly justify this?  He goes on to say he had copious notes from the incident.  So what?  Nobody cared if you were there, Ben--it's that you stole other people's words.

    Let's see if any of the Red Staters have the integrity and intelligence enough to confront Domenech over this obvious BS.  He's playing them for fools, and they are happily lapping it up.  

    •  Even better. (7+ / 0-)

      I know that charges of plagiarism are serious. While I am not a journalist, I have, myself, written more than one thing that has been plagiarized in the past. But these charges have also served to create an atmosphere where no matter what is said on my Red America blog, leftists will focus on things with my byline from when I was a teenager.

      I can rebut several of the alleged incidents here. The most recent accusation, is that I stole a music review from Crosswalk and passed it off at National Review Online. In fact, I wrote both lists myself; I was one of Crosswalk's music review contributors at this time.

      The Left has also accused me of foisting Sen. Frist quotes and some descriptive material from the Washington Post for a New York Press article on the Capitol Shooter. But the quotes I used were either properly credited or came from Sen. Frist’s press conference, which I attended along with many other reporters.

      She's my sister. (SLAP)
      She's my daughter. (SLAP)
      She's my sister. (SLAP)
      She's my sister AND my daughter."

      "I was Rambo in the disco. I was shootin' to the beat. When they burned me in effigy. My vacation was complete." Neil Young. Mideast Vacation.

      by Mike S on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:20:45 PM PST

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  •  The poor guy was Swift-Boated! (4+ / 0-)
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    HighSticking, Bionic, Ari Mistral, lazybum

    According to his post, though he never actually uses those words.

    Ah the Irony. Also it seems like only yesterday when poor Ben said:
    "Two clarifications for the many folks who have risen up in force to attack the existence of this blog (I appreciate the attention, by the way)."

    Oh wait, it was only yesterday. Looks like his appreciating the attention was one more lie to add to the list.

  •  What a scuzz. (5+ / 0-)

    I've given myself explicit permission to reprint what I posted on AMERICAblog (see, Ben?  That's the idea -- you get permission, and you correctly attribute):

    Unbelievable. I was just over at RedState reading this fucking asshead's litany of excuses for his plagiarism. He's taking the same line that he did in his interview with Kurtz -- namely, that the editors of the William and Mary student newspaper, without his knowledge, added unattributed copyrighted material to his stories after he'd handed them in. Uh, yeah, right. I guess the editors at the National Review must have the same habit.

    You know, I'll admit to having felt a bit of pity for Domenech as the evidence against him continued to mount. I can't imagine how stressful and frightening this kind of experience might be for a sheltered 24-year-old. He deserved to go down, certainly, but I did feel a little sorry for him on a human level.

    After reading this, though, that sentiment has totally vanished. God forbid that the great Ben Domenech would sincerely come clean, or at least keep a low profile -- no, even after everything that's been brough to light, he has to keep spewing his self-serving lies, to insult everyone's intelligence by expecting us to believe this patent horseshit. What a slimy, egotistical, dishonest little jagoff this guy is. He doesn't deserve our pity or sympathy. And as long as he continues to seek a public profile, he should have his dirty laundry thrown in his face at every opportunity.

    At least Wikipedia has the goods on Domenech now.  It will be difficult for him to escape that.

  •  so much for the era of personal acountability. nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  already diaried (1+ / 0-)
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    look a few diaries down

  •  Note to Ben: (3+ / 0-)
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    Ari Mistral, pico, Anfractuosity

    Even if someone at a party tells you it's A-OK to copy  a piece of their writing word for word, without attribution, it's still plagiarism .  You see, people who are reading your article (say, an influential person at washingtonpost.com) might be rather trusting or totally without Google skills and think you are a Super Genius Prodigy.  They might even be willing to hire you to write for their fine publication (which of course has no affiliation with the real, print version of the Washington Post), despite your lack of a journalism degree.  Or, come to think of it, any degree.  Hypothetically, on your first day, people may be so taken with your lack of writing style, that they may search for more fine examples.  On your second day, this could lead to your forced resignation, even though P.J. O'Rourke was totally cool with you.

    Also, at real parties, no one even thinks about inviting the post-reborn George Bush.  The old Supremes tapes are also not hallmarks of real parties (unless you are referring to the real parties of your grandparent's era).

    •  Reprint rights (0+ / 0-)

      I've posted articles from news sources for my client web sites numerous times.  Always, I obtain permission from the editor in writing (or email) first and I ask for specific instructions on how to attribute them.  Then I follow up by sending them a link and asking them to let me know if there is any problem with the way I've done it.  Without exception, the ones who have granted reprint rights responded by saying they have no problem with our posting of their article, as long as we give them proper credit.  Some online news sites have a specific link set up for you to request reprint rights, right on their site.

      On Bush: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --(borrowed from) Churchill

      by joanneleon on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 02:04:47 PM PST

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  •  He's a typical Republican he blames the other (0+ / 0-)

    guy for his own mistakes and failures.  It's like Duke Cunningham blaming the briber for his taking the bribes.  

    These people have absolutely no shame.  

    Don't be so afraid of dying that you forget to live.

    by LionelEHutz on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:37:21 PM PST

  •  'The more they fear, the uglier they get' (0+ / 0-)

    This is the subject of a comment on the RedState post linked above. Boy, it don't get much truer than that, does it?

  •  Pack of Freaks (3+ / 0-)
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    sharman, NYC Sophia, Ari Mistral

    Now Ben really is a Marine Sniper! WOLVERINES!!!

    Ben By: hoosierteacher
    In combat great people (we call them heros) sometimes get injured and have to be withdrawn.  Before you (and your family and the Post) were further injured you were able to drag yourself away from the battlefield.

    In Christendom great people (we call them martyrs) stand for truth and get killed for it.  Your voice in a dark world was a threat to the darkness and it felt compelled to silence you.

    At RedState we have great people (we call them family) who yearn for truth, love of country, and a philosophy that we are all in this epic struggle together.

    I am proud to have you as a RedState brother.  Your RedState family is with you while you pick yourself up, brush of the dirt, and ready yourself to get back to battle.  If you could forgive me for offering you advice in such a rough time; consider a vacation.  The rest would do you some good.

    God bless you Ben.

    "Greater is an army of sheep led by a lion, than an army of lions led by a sheep" - Defoe

    And delusional people (we call them conservatives) really need to seek professional help.

    [-7.88/-6.67] Forged Demon - Zen Politics

    by sohei on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:37:52 PM PST

  •  I'm sorry I'm posting so many of these (2+ / 0-)
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    Ari Mistral, lazybum

    But I can't stop myself! SO FUNNY!

    I am proud of you son. By: DougD
    Love, Dad.

    (User Info) (#12)

    Daddy is so proud! Maybe he'll let Ben finish his college degree at home school!

    [-7.88/-6.67] Forged Demon - Zen Politics

    by sohei on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:39:29 PM PST

  •  I have a question (1+ / 0-)
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    pollyusa
    Why has he not addressed the issue of putting words in Tim Russert's mouth?

    Maybe I may have missed something, but that seemed to be pretty serious charge.

    Also I love this:

    "This is a shame. As you all know, I am a conservative, but not a partisan - I believe had this blog been allowed to continue, it would have been a significant addition to the Post's site. The Post showed bravery by including a conservative voice, and I hope they continue to seek that balance."

    If he's not a partisan, well then I'm not a member of dKos. Oops, how did I post this?

    The Republicans have a fundamental problem with telling the truth - Howard Dean.

    by NYC Sophia on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 02:09:36 PM PST

  •  Serial Plagerizer? (1+ / 0-)
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    lazybum

    He's done with journalism, but there's a Senate seat in Delaware Calling his name...

    "...war, by its nature, is total--but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial."--Daniel Berrigan.

    by Rico on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 02:49:06 PM PST

    •  Thank you for posting this (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      pollyusa, lazybum
      I always assumed that Biden's plagiarizing was worse than this spells out:

      Controversy broke Biden's candidacy for the U.S. presidency in the 1988 Presidential campaign. He was found to have plagiarized a speech from British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. The plagiarism was considered all the more serious, because it included details of Kinnock's life which were not true in Biden's case. After Biden withdrew from the race, it was learned that he had correctly credited Kinnock on other occasions but failed to do so in an Iowa speech that was recorded and distributed to reporters by aides to Michael Dukakis, the eventual nominee. Dukakis fired the senior aide responsible, but the damage had already been done to Biden.

      It was also alleged that Biden had plagiarized while in law school 20 years earlier in a first-year legal-writing class. Unaware of appropriate standards for legal briefs at the beginning of his legal training, Biden used a single footnote rather than multiple citations required to cite five pages from a legal article. Both Syracuse University Law School and the Delaware State Bar Association cleared Biden of plagiarism charges.

      I don't condone his actions, but the evidence you provided does show that he is not a serial plagiarist.

      The Republicans have a fundamental problem with telling the truth - Howard Dean.

      by NYC Sophia on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 03:44:31 PM PST

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      •  I'm sorry... (0+ / 0-)

        left out the <snark>

        "...war, by its nature, is total--but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial."--Daniel Berrigan.

        by Rico on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 03:56:02 PM PST

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