Thursday, December 07, 2006

Kenneth Stein to give details of charge of plagiarism against Jimmy Carter

Of the accusation of plagiarism by Jimmy Carter, IsraelNN reports:

Prof. Kenneth Stein declined to name the book or books from which he says Carter copied words, because he is preparing an article that will reveal those details. He told the Times, "There are elements in the book that were lifted from another source. That source is now acting on his or her own advice about what to do because of this."

IsraelNN also stated:

Mr. Carter's spokeswoman, Deanna Coneglio, issued a statement in the former president's name which downplayed Prof. Stein's connection to the Center as "titular." Tthe statement did not address the plagiarism charge. Simon & Schuster publisher David Rosenthal told the New York Times that he is "confident in [Carter's] work," but then hedged slightly, saying, "Do we check every line in every book? No, but that's not the issue here. I have no reason to doubt President Carter's research."

IsraelNN said of Jimmy Carter's publisher:

Carter's publisher, Simon & Schuster, and his allies had expected supporters of Israel to criticize the book for its arguments. But they appear to have been taken by surprise by another of Prof. Stein's charges: that the book is "replete with ... copied materials not cited."


KAREN DE YOUNG of the Washington Post wrote:

Kenneth Stein, a professor at Emory University, accused Carter of factual errors, omissions and plagiarism.

"Being a former President does not give one a unique privilege to invent information," Stein wrote in a harshly worded e-mail to colleagues explaining his resignation as the center's Middle East fellow. He offered no specifics, writing only that "in due course, I shall detail these points and reflect on their origins."

IPBiz notes that the coverage of the story so far seems to be if you are famous and are writing about an important issue, plagiarism is not a big deal, which would cover both Jimmy Carter and Laurence Tribe, as well as a few others. Of course, if you are a student, plagiarism is a big deal.


A Fox News story by Melissa Drosjack on Dec. 8 suggests copied maps may be at issue in the plagiarism charge against Carter:

Ambassador Dennis Ross, a former Mideast envoy and FOX News foreign affairs analyst, claims maps commissioned and published by him were improperly republished in Carter's book.

"I think there should be a correction and an attribution," Ross said. "These were maps that never existed, I created them."

After Ross saw the maps in Carter's book, he told his publisher he wanted a correction.

When asked if the former president ripped him off, Ross replied: “it sure looks that way.”


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