Nancy Nall has a post that thoroughly takes down White House Aide and Fort Wayne News Sentinel columnist Tim Goeglein for plagiarism (most likely copyright infringement too, given the extent of the copying).
Goeglein has apparently served in the Bush White House as an “ambassador” to the Christian Right and assistant to Karl Rove. According to Nall, he also has a sideline writing schmaltzy Hoosier-oriented columns for the Fort Wayne News Sentinel.
Turns out, for a recent column in the Fort Wayne News Sentinel, Goeglein lifted a 1998 Darmouth Review article by one Jeffrey Hart, more or less verbatim. Oopsie. Fear the Google.
Leo Morris, of Opening Arguments fame and, not so incidentally, editorial page editor for the News Sentinel, has posted that they have found plagiarized material in 20 (so far) of Goeglein’s 38 guest columns.
With new information, by the way. Twenty (so far) is how many of the 38 columns we checked for which it is possible to say that Goeglein lifted whole chunks of somebody elseâ€™s writings. Hart twice. A writer for the New York Sun twice. Numerous people one time each. Itâ€™s hard for me to fathom this. If somebody lifts a line or two once, maybe it was an accident. Two or three times, somebody thinks he can get away with something. But 20 times, and not a line or two each time but whole passages? The only thing I can think is that there is some crossed wiring that causes the person to think that plagiarism isnâ€™t really stealing.
(I always get a bit muddled up when talking about plagiarism and copyright infringement. This seems to fit clearly in both categories.)