It Wasn’t Just College

While working for the National Review Online, one:

Domenech in NRO: “Translucent and glowing, they ooze up from the ground and float through solid walls, wriggling countless tentacles and snapping their jaws. They’re known as the Phantoms, alien thingies that, for three decades, have been sucking the life out of the earthlings of “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.””

Cox News: “Translucent and glowing, they ooze up from the ground and float through solid walls, splaying their tentacles and snapping their jaws, dripping a discomfiting acidic ooze. They’re known as the Phantoms, otherworldly beings who, for three decades, have been literally sucking the life out of the earthlings of the human.”

Two:

Oops She’s Doing it Again

Saroyan in Salon May 2000

You first saw her: pigtails, Catholic schoolgirl uniform, Lip Smackers baby-doll pink lips. She was a good girl, but suddenly gone bad, having tied her little white shirt in a knot over her Madonna-influenced midriff. …

But inside, Britney and her mom insisted that she was just a good Baptist girl from Lousiana who just seemed to want stardom so bad her parents let her go for it. They also let it be known that the Britney, from her lavender-bedspreaded bedroom on her constantly-in-motion tour bus, still scribbles down her daily prayers in a diary she calls her “Bible Book.”… When Sabrina the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart began a much-publicized friendship with Spears, within a month or two Hart shed her goody-goody image and had shown up barely clothed on the cover of the men’s magazine Maxim…

The Y of Britney

Domenech in NRO July 2000

Decked out in a Catholic schoolgirl uniform — complete with pigtails, pink Lip Smackers, and white shirt tied in a knot over an exposed midriff…. ….according to parents and friends, she was just a good Baptist girl from Louisiana who wanted to be a star. The music press talked about Britney’s “Bible Book,” a diary in which she recorded her daily prayers while traveling in a lavender-tinged bedroom on her tour bus…

When “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” star Melissa Joan Hart began a high-profile friendship with Spears, within a month or two Hart had shed her goody-goody image and shown up barely clothed on the cover of a lad magazine)…

So this?

Assume, for a moment, that the plagiarism charge is true. For the sake of argument, assume that. Now, having accepted this, what are we left with? It is the sole critique of Domenech by the left with any objective merit.

It does not have much merit, as the profferred examples are:

— Old, dating wholly from Domenech’s teen years.

— Confined wholly to movie reviews.

Not so much. And I think the Red State poster realized that, because before I finished writing this post, he’d gone back, and taken the cited passage out.

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