I was one of the first cheerleaders to hail the debut of the “Red America” blog at the Washington Post with Ben Domenech.
However, it seems there is more than a cloud of controversy surrounding blogger Ben. Michelle Malkin has the full report and it does seem that the accusations of plagarism are more than just left-wing character assassination. I trust Michelle’s dogged research on many subjects, so I’m going to have to take her lead on this one as well. And I’m afraid I share her assessment at this point.
I certainly understand the impulse on the Right to rally around Domenech. But I can’t ignore the plain evidence. And the charges can’t be dismissed as “lies” or jealousy attributed to Ben’s age.
As someone who has worked in daily journalism for 14 years, I have a lot of experience related to this horrible situation: I’ve had my work plagiarized by shameless word and idea thiefs many times over the years. I’ve also been baselessly accused of plagiarism by some of the same leftists now attacking Ben.
The bottom line is: I know it when I see it. And, painfully, Domenech’s detractors, are right. He should own up to it and step down. Then, the Left should cease its sick gloating and leave him and his family alone.
That being said, the knee-jerk attack by the Left of the whole idea of a conservative blogger at the Washington Post serves as a “chilling factor” for any replacement for Ben if it comes to that. The Left seems to think the Post doesn’t have enough liberal viewpoints (um.. read Sections A through D, any page!)…. so I fear the Post will cower and not keep Red America alive. I think that is where we need to step in and help.