Newspaper Nixes Rand Paul’s Column After Plagiarism Charges

Tea party senator faces charges of lifting material without attribution

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The conservative newspaper Washington Times announced on Tuesday that it will end a regular column by Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul amid several allegations of plagiarism in his speeches, columns and his recent book.

Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, has faced a recent string of embarrassing allegations of plagiarism in the past few weeks. Buzzfeed reported that three pages of Paul’s book, Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Fedswere lifted verbatim from a case study by the Heritage Foundation think tank. Buzzfeed also reported that sections of an op-ed Paul wrote for the Washington Times were plagiarized from an article in The Week. Politico and MSNBC have made similar reports.

The tea party star took responsibility for the instances of plagiarism on CNN and pledged to be more careful in the future, but his team has also pushed back against the accusations as nit-picking, and in an interview with the New York Times, Paul said he resented that “haters” were implying he’s been lifting material dishonestly.

The Washington Times said it independently reviews Paul’s columns and published a correction when Paul failed to attribute passages from other sources. “We expect our columnists to submit original work and to properly attribute material, and we appreciate that the senator and his staff have taken responsibility for an oversight in one column,” Times Editor John Solomon said in the announcement that the paper and the senator had “mutually agreed to end his weekly column.”

[Washington Times]

12 comments
mrbomb13
mrbomb13

If only the media was this aggressive in reporting on Joe Biden's plagairism scandal that forced him to vacate the U.S. Presidential race in the late 1980s...gotta love a good double standard in reporting...

SwiftrightRight
SwiftrightRight

News flash: Fraud commits fraud, who would have ever expected that conman to get caught conning folks?

sacredh
sacredh

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I just made that up.

dectra
dectra

GOP: Lying Hypocrites

Arimathean
Arimathean

It's not "nit-picking" when you COPIED THREE PAGES!

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

In the right wing press, it's ok to lie, but to quote others lies verbatim is not allowed.  You must rephrase the lie in your own words.  Crazy Cruz is too lazy or stupid to even do that.

peverts
peverts

Odd that his supporters call valid charges of blatant plagiarism "nit-picking".  Wonder what he and his followers call such crimes as lying, stealing (other than words and phrases), assault, etc.  Rand Paul as a serious presidential candidate what a joke.

DeanGarr
DeanGarr

Two options:
Either Rand Paul does not understand what plagiarism is, in which case would you want someone so stupid as your senator, president?

Or Rand Paul does understand what plagiarism is, in which case, would you want someone so dishonest as your senator, president?

One conclusion:
No.


oddegg69
oddegg69

Now if only the voters can be as smart as The Washington Times.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Rand Paul. alias "Mr. Copy Cat" needs to resign from the Senate for the good of the country and crawl back into his rat hole.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Seeing as he never got a real medical accreditation either. Is this fraudsters lazy approach to writing any surprise.