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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Is Plagiarism Contagious?

One now has to wonder if Joe Biden's plagiarism is a contagious disease. NewsBusters has a great piece up showing that Barack Obama's entire rant prior to the "Lipstick on a Pig" line was lifted from Tom Toles cartoon in the Washington Post on September 5th.

It will be interesting to see if this makes it into the mainstream media, or if they decide to ignore it. My guess is they will ignore it, unless it gets enough play from talk radio to force the issue.

It did come up in today's Washington Post political chat with Anne E. Kornblut, she didn't answer the question of whether it was going to be a problem, but at least acknowledged it happened. Hopefully someone from The Wall Street Journal, or better, the Washington Post, since it was their cartoon, will follow up on it.

Or, maybe the Centers for Disease Control should look into the idea that plagiarism is a PTD (Politically Transmitted Disease), and quarantine those who seem to be afflicted.

(H/T to Charlie)

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