Now That’s Plagiarism

After allegations and counter allegations of plagiarism flew between the Clinton and Obama campaigns earlier this month, an actual case of plagiarism hit the news cycle today that makes questions about Barack Obama lifting words from one of his campaign co-chairs and Hillary Clinton borrowing phrases from her husband seem like small potatoes.

Tim Goeglein, a senior White House aide, admitted copying from a ten-year-old essay by Jeffrey Hart. Goeglein’s plagiarized article appeared in The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

In an email to The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Goeglein came clean, writing, “I am entirely at fault. It was wrong of me. There are no excuses.” Goeglein also said that he wrote to Hart and apologized.

So far, no word on whether Goeglein will resign his post, director of the White House office of public liaison. Paul Kiel of Talking Points Memo describes what Goeglein does at the White House. “[H]e’s tasked with serving as the “pipeline” to the president for the administration’s ‘most conservative supporters,’ as New York Times and Washington Post profiles put it,” Kiel wrote.

Blogger Mitch Harper of Fort Wayne, Observed says his blog is a “friend” to both Goeglein and the blogger who caught Goeglein by googling his work (well, actually not really his work), blogger Nancy Nall. Harper sums up how it went down.

UPDATE:  Goeglein’s resigning.

7 thoughts on “Now That’s Plagiarism”

  1. Call me naive – please – it’s better than I lot of things I’m called, but…
    I’ve had my written words stolen for years. Plagiarism? I just thought I might, in my own small way, have inspired someone. I’ve written words into politicians mouths because I was trying to make sense of what they were saying when I quoted them. Sometimes I was even thanked.
    How bloody precious do we have to be? If we think we see a truth, and we articulate it, shouldn’t we be happy about that? Some areas of intellectual property rights really concern me.

  2. Well you know if you’re in the Bush Administration, and you don’t want to get caught out you’d choose to plagarize a 10 year old. Then you’d be sure the President understood what you were saying!

  3. Well you know if you’re in the Bush Administration, and you don’t want to get caught out you’d choose to plagiarize a 10 year old. Then you’d be sure the President understood what you were saying!
    That was too funny! (No plagiaristic intent)

  4. …you don’t want to get caught out you’d choose to plagarize a 10 year old.

    Oh, I don’t know. Bush so effectively mangles everything that comes out of his pie-hole, how would you ever know if one of his writers has plagiarizing or not?

  5. Sometimes a point made by someone else is so right that you wish you’d said that. It’s ok to quote but not copy and claim you said it. But –a ten year old? Brilliance out of the mouths of babes? Children do sometimes see with astonishing clarity and as such would indeed be over the top leaves of the Shrub.

    Kvatch. Thank you for the explanation of the mystery characters. We are sooo glad to have our multicolored frog back visiting us. I don’t see how you find the time to visit, though. Your list of blogs is a doozy to keep up with. And the size of your blogroll dictates that frequent visits to each blog would take ages!! It must keep you hopping!

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