s skippy the bush kangaroo: bye bye dommie darko

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Friday, March 24, 2006

bye bye dommie darko

success! in less than a week!

dommie resigns!! jim brady in the washpost:

in the past 24 hours, we learned of allegations that ben domenech plagiarized material that appeared under his byline in various publications prior to washingtonpost.com contracting with him to write a blog that launched tuesday.

an investigation into these allegations was ongoing, and in the interim, domenech has resigned, effective immediately.

when we hired domenech, we were not aware of any allegations that he had plagiarized any of his past writings. 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.

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.

we appreciate the speed and thoroughness with which our readers and media outlets surfaced these allegations. despite the turn this has taken, we believe this event, among other things, testifies to the positive and powerful role that the internet can play in the the practice of journalism.

we also remain committed to representing a broad spectrum of ideas and ideologies in our opinions area.
[ed. note: for a real hoot, be sure to read the comments to mr. brady's post]

two points:

first, nyah nyah ne nyah nyah! score one for the liberal side of blogtopia, and (all together, now:) yes! we coined that phrase!!!

but secondly, and less snarkily, we would not mind (as we have said elsewhere) if washpost.com hired a conservative blogger as long as it was someone reputable with credentials. why didn't they give the job to prof. reynolds, or eugene volokh, or our buddy stephen green, or the watchful babbler, or even bill quick? you know, someone who actually writes their own stuff?

which brings us back to our first point...nyah nyah ne nyah nyah!

addendum: in said comments to jim brady's announcment, this fine vindication of our buddy jane hamsher:

wow! brady you've gotta feel pretty dumb hiring him, yeah? especially after you trashed jane hamsher and other liberal bloggers for all the sins a guy in your organization just comitted. that's gotta sting a little. can we get a little apology?

posted by: baby snooks | march 24, 2006 01:44 pm
double addendum: ok, this is the last one, we swear, but it's too good to pass up. another comment:

hey! that letter he wrote you: he copied the one i wrote to the times! copyright infringement!

posted by: jayson blair | march 24, 2006 01:48 pm
posted by skippy at 11:39 AM |

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