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Emmy award winner, Washington Post columnist, former NPR host and Fox News correspondent Juan Williams copied a Center for American Progress (CPA) report nearly word- for- word as part of a column he wrote for The Hill. The Hill’s editor, Hugo Gurdon, was informed of the plagiarism by the Center for American Progress and has since revised the article and included proper attribution.
Williams responded to the news by blaming his research assistant and claiming to be “betrayed” by said assistant, He later indicated that he had never read the CAP report.
Washington Post writer, Time columnist, and CNN host Fareed Zakaria lifted an entire paragraph
from The New Yorker to write his pro gun
control column for Time. Zakaria
claimed he was confused by his own handwritten notes.
Staff writer Jonah Lehrer of The New Yorker fabricated Bob Dylan quotes for his best-selling book and was found reusing his own work without proper attribution in New Yorker blog posts - work that was previously printed by other publications.
In 2009 Maureen Dowd was caught using an entire paragraph almost word-for-word, stealing the work from a blogger at Talking Points Memo for her New York Times column. She blamed an anonymous friend for giving her the idea and claimed she had never read the blogger’s article. Ironically, Dowd was the one who busted Vice President Joe Biden for plagiarism (Biden plagiarized both in law school and his speeches later in his political career) effectively ending his viable candidacy for the presidency in 1988.
New York Times reporter, Jayson Blair was caught in an extensive plagiarism scandal involving nearly half of his work in 2003. According to a group from The New York Times, Blair went far with his deceptions: “He fabricated comments. He concocted scenes. He lifted material from other newspapers and wire services. He selected details from photographs to create the impression he had been somewhere or seen someone, when he had not.”
Stephen Glass in 1998 was found to have fabricated many magazine articles for The New Republic over a three-year period including a made-up article about a debauched evening at CPAC and the biography of a 15–year-old computer hacker who was an entirely fictional character whom Glass represented as a real person.
Of course, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist (also from The Washington Post) Janet Cooke infamously fabricated the prize-winning story about a child heroin addict and lied about her educational qualifications. The child did not exist. She later returned the Pulitzer Prize.
The defenses used by these plagiarists used were universal: 1) Inadvertent mistake: Too busy to double check 2) Faulty note taking/computer glitch: Notes were muddled or confused, 3) Did not supervise researcher: Research assistant actually committed the plagiarism.
Like the Juan Williams situation, Maureen Dowd and Fareed Zakaria got away with plagiarism with little or no consequence. Others in the media came to their defense, offered excuses and sympathy noting how “busy” these journalists are with their television appearances, books, columns and speeches. The reality is that these cases have much more in common.
These high profile plagiarists all worked for flagship elite liberal media outlets: The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker and The New Republic. Rarely do you hear of notorious cases of plagiarism with conservative journalists from right-wing publications like National Review, Weekly Standard and Fox.
The question is why? Why do liberals plagiarize?
- Liberals have a strong sense of entitlement: (Participation trophy mentality) Today liberals are steeped in narcissism, fueled by childhoods with parenting styles that promoted praising the child for minimal effort, our celebrity-obsessed culture and easy credit for little effort in our schools. Liberalism promotes equal results and achievement for everyone, regardless of effort or quality of work. Therefore it is hardly surprising when they grow to believe that they are entitled to success and may not have the skill or capacity to produce excellent results. This cognitive dissonance between the liberals inflated self-image and actual performance leads to the temptation to follow the easy path and take unnecessary risks without fear of being caught.
- Liberals lack of cohesive logical arguments to justify their faulty viewpoints: Liberals lack cohesive logical arguments to promote their point of view; therefore they must repeat manufactured talking points. There is no factual argument to justify legislation concerning climate change or raising taxes to increase government revenue. Empirical data reflects the opposite – lowering tax rates increases government revenues and planet-wide climate change caused by manmade activities simply has no scientific basis at all. Therefore the liberal must rely on emotion, rumor and poll-tested arguments. As Hitler’s infamous propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels said, "If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth." In short, liberals feel morally justified to repeat the ideas of others.
- Liberals are used to being fed information by authority figures: Without the ability to defend liberal ideology, the new media must rely on “news” that is intertwined with activism. Press releases, talking points and other slanted reportage allow journalists to in effect lather…rinse…repeat. Government entities, other media venues, think tanks, academic institutions all produce endless amounts of liberal drivel - an embarrassment of riches to the liberal journalist who no doubt feels obligated to recycle the material.
- Liberals avoid reality: Liberals are about appearances not outcomes and the ends always justify the means. Therefore the realities of human motivation are disregarded. Liberals promote false narratives of achieving utopian societies, pretending that human nature is the product of their political, social or economic environments. Lying, making up quotes, false narratives and other examples of cheating, theft and sins of omission and commission are business as usual.
- Liberals buy into moral relativism and collectivism: Modesty, self-restraint, hard work, and character all values that imply having to follow a standard that may be difficult. A standard that does not primarily take into account how you feel. Right and wrong are no longer moral absolutes but are deemed unfair, mean and difficult because implementation of the standard necessarily causes pain and consequence to the one who violates it. Therefore in the liberal world, everyone chooses his or her own morality. Theft of the ideas and work of others is justifiable to avoid pain - if you are too busy or generally lack attention to detail.