Washington Post's GOP Blogger Accused of Plagiarism
The paper’s new 24-year-old conservative blogger apparently cribbed movie reviews while in college, and may have fabricated a Tim Russert quote more recently.
Does the Washington Post intend to maintain journalistic standards in the brave new blogosphere? Or are those standards incompatible with the Post company’s ambitions for WashingtonPost.com?
Those questions arise from the Post’s hiring of Ben Domenech — best known as a founder of RedState.com, but also known as a Bush appointee, and the son of a Bush appointee, and as a contributor to National Review Online — to write a daily blog on the newspaper’s Web site. That decision by Post management has provoked much speculation about its motive for employing Domenech. Many observers surmise that Domenech was brought on to “balance” Dan Froomkin, the popular White House Briefing blogger on WashingtonPost.com whose skepticism and wit have provoked whining from the right — and defensive reactions from certain Post reporters worried by accusations of “liberal bias” at the paper.