Archive: March 2006

Ben Domenech Resigns

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...

By Jim Brady | March 24, 2006; 01:17 PM ET | Email a Comment

Two Quick Notes

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). Some people have taken issue with an old two-line comment of mine on RedState.com where I referred to Coretta Scott King as a Communist on the day after her funeral. Coretta Scott King was many things, and her most significant contribution was the unflagging support of her husband in his own noble work to bring equality to all Americans. She was also a liberal activist on a number of issues, including same-sex marriage and abortion. The thread where my comment appeared discussed President Bush's attendance at Mrs. King's funeral, which was criticized by some for its political nature. My comment questioned the president's decision to attend the funeral after he had phoned in a message to the March for Life, the largest pro-life rally...

By Ben Domenech | March 23, 2006; 02:10 PM ET | Email a Comment

Attempted Child Murder on our Side of the Pond

It's not just Washington bureaucrats like the folks at FEMA who won't take responsibility when something goes wrong: According to reports today out of Massachusetts, no one agency or group is going to take responsibility for the case of young Haleigh Poutre. As you may recall, Haleigh is the young girl who was nearly put to death by a group of doctors who maintained she was "virtually brain dead" and in a "permanent vegetative state" (PVS) before, well, she wasn't. ProLifeBlogs describes the case in detail, as does Michelle Malkin. The case creates a difficult situation for Massachusetts Governor (and 2008 hopeful) Mitt Romney in his efforts to reach out to pro-life conservatives and evangelicals. And while the report of the panel he commissioned to study the issue tags the state and private health providers for "a systemic failure," it does nothing significant to alleviate the use of PVS and...

By Ben Domenech | March 22, 2006; 01:07 PM ET | Email a Comment

Sackcloth and Ashes: What's Wrong With Infanticide?

[Note: Sackcloth and ashes were a sign of deep mourning, among other things, in the Torah...nowadays, there are plenty of reasons to bring them back. When we run across those reasons, we'll feature them in a continuing series, of which this is the first installment.] "You have to remember parents have a bond with their children that doctors and nurses cannot have. It is vital they feel they remain in control." That's a comment in the Coventry Evening Telegraph by one Anita Macaulay about the judge's decision in the controversial family law case that ought to serve as one of the ever-growing number of signs of the apocalypse (along with the popularity, of course, of Ryan Seacrest). In brief: A group of British doctors fought in court for the right to remove a fully-conscious little boy from a ventilator, over the objections of his parents, because they judged his quality...

By Ben Domenech | March 22, 2006; 11:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

Comments About Comments

A few notes are in order after the impressive reaction to the premiere of this blog. First off, a note of thanks to the liberal side of washingtonpost.com's readership, which has weighed in on Red America in this comment thread. I'm happy that no one's engaged in any ridiculous hyperbole, unfounded accusations or unintentionally hilarious name-calling. We can all agree that such things lower the quality of debate on the Internet, play to the worst side of our knee-jerk partisan nature and have no place in the modern public square. I look forward to engaging you in a serious, respectful discussion on the issues that matter most to the future of our nation. To that last point, we'll be rolling out comments here shortly. Because this is an opinion blog, and not a work of unbiased journalism, it is sure to spark responses from a few fringe members of this...

By Ben Domenech | March 22, 2006; 08:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

Whiny? Crazy? You Just Might Be A Conservative

You know that one loud, whiny kid in the supermarket yesterday? He's probably the future George W. Bush, according to a Toronto Star article about a study from the Journal of Research Into Personality. "Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative," says the article. "At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals." This story goes on to mention another study by John T. Jost of Stanford, one in 2003 that was roundly mocked by conservatives for lumping the likes of Hitler, Mussolini, Reagan and Limbaugh together as socially warped right-wingers. (Much...

By Ben Domenech | March 21, 2006; 01:14 PM ET | Email a Comment

Pachyderms in the Mist: Red America and the MSM

This is a blog for the majority of Americans. Since the election of 1992, the extreme political left has fought a losing battle. Their views on the economy, marriage, abortion, guns, the death penalty, health care, welfare, taxes, and a dozen other major domestic policy issues have been exposed as unpopular, unmarketable and unquestioned losers at the ballot box. Democrats who have won major elections since 1992 have, with very few exceptions, been the ones who distanced themselves from the shrieking denizens of their increasingly extreme base, soft-pedaled their positions on divisive issues and adopted the rhetoric and positions of the right -- pro-free market, pro-business, pro-faith, tough on crime and strongly in favor of family values. Yet even in a climate where Republicans hold command of every branch of government, and advocate views shared by a majority of voters, the mainstream media continues to treat red state Americans as...

By Ben Domenech | March 21, 2006; 07:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

About

Ben Domenech is a co-founder of RedState, the web's leading Republican community blog. He began his career as a political journalist covering Capitol Hill, writing for numerous publications and working as a contributing editor to National Review Online. After 9/11, he abandoned the journalism field for a taxpayer-funded life and was sworn in as the youngest political appointee of President George W. Bush. Following a year as a speechwriter for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and two as the chief speechwriter for Texas Senator John Cornyn, Ben is now a book editor for Regnery Publishing, where he has edited multiple bestsellers and books by Michelle Malkin, Ramesh Ponnuru, and Hugh Hewitt....

By Ben Domenech | March 21, 2006; 12:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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