Meghan McCain got hitched this week to a conservative writer who has been previously accused of plagiarism.
Meghan McCain got hitched this week to a conservative writer who has been previously accused of plagiarism.
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Meghan McCain Marries Conservative Pundit Once Accused of Plagiarism

Meghan McCain officially tied the knot with conservative pundit Ben Domenech — a man known for getting tangled up in a plagiarism scandal.

People broke the news that the conservative The View co-host got hitched at the McCain family ranch in Sedona just before sunset on Tuesday. McCain's father, Senator John McCain, gave the bride away, according to the report.

Domenech, now 35, worked for three days as a conservative blogger for the Washington Post over 10 years ago. He quit before he could be fired after allegations of instances in which it appeared he'd lifted original passages of text from other authors, the Washington Post reported at the time.

One notable instance of this included a passage in the New York Press that looked to be copied from the Washington Post itself, the New York Times points out.

Other seemingly plagiarized work from Domenech appeared in the National Review Online, and The Flat Hat, the student newspaper at the College of William and Mary.

The Daily Kos website compiled a comprehensive "plagiarism diary" of all the times Domenech appeared to copy text from another writer, which reads like a Thanksgiving grocery list with at least 15 instances of nearly identical passages.

For example, one article written by Domenech had passages which appeared eerily similar to those in the book "Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People," written by P. J. O'Rourke.

Here's how similar we're talking, from a side-by-side comparison the Daily Kos hunted down:

O'Rourke:

Small Parties

Small parties are very easy to plan. An old Supremes tape, a gram of cocaine, a fifth of Stolichnaya, and some copies of Penthouse from the '70s when it was really dirty make for a perfect small party without the bother and complication of guests.

Large Parties

Large parties require much more than a gram of cocaine and, usually, other people besides yourself.

Domenech:

Small parties are very easy to plan. An old Supremes tape, a case of beer, a fifth of Stolichnaya and a pack of cigarettes make for a perfect small party without the bother and complication of guests.

Large parties require much more than a gram of cocaine and, usually, other people besides yourself.

As People reported, McCain and Demenech's wedding celebration consisted of approximately 100 people — which might constitute a large party, but we'd ask O'Rourke to confirm that before Domenech.

In an interview with the Times back in 2006, Domenech said none of the work was intentionally copied, though he admitted some of the passages were identical. He claimed he may have mixed up his notes with articles of other authors, and alleged at least one instance of seeming plagiarism was the fault of an editor at his college newspaper.

"Frankly, if I had been less of a sloppy writer," he told the Times, "this wouldn't be a problem."

Here's hoping Domenech was less sloppy when writing his vows.

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