Friday, February 29, 2008

Do academics deal with plagiarism? The "White House plagiarism" story

IPBiz found text at the bottom of a story on White House plagiarism of interest:

[Jeffery] Hart, an author and former professor at Columbia and Dartmouth, said he received [Tim] Goeglein's e-mail apology Thursday [February 28, 2008].

"I told him I was flattered he'd used it. It doesn't damage him in my estimation at all. I'm glad he spread the word."

But Hart said he wasn't condoning plagiarism.

"If it came in an academic context, it'd have to be dealt with," he said, but he feels this situation is different. "I think stuff flies around on the Web, in journalism and so on."

IPBiz can only wonder if Hart followed the Poshard or Tribe academic plagiarism matters. We saw on February 24 how Tim Russert "dealt with" academic plagiarist Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Of some interest is the following from AP:

BULLETIN KILL: White House Plagiarism

1 hour ago


The short headline on Washington story White House-Plagiarism, which moved at 6:35 p.m. EST, has been killed. A presidential aide resigned, not Bush.

A kill is mandatory.

Make certain the short headline is not published.

Substitute stories have since been filed under the same slug with the correct short headline.

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1 hour ago

WASHINGTON — Kill the short headline in BC-White House-Plagiarism, 9th Ld, which moved at 6:35 p.m. EST. A presidential aide resigned, not Bush.

The AP

The AP story is as follows:

Bush Aide Resigns Because of Plagiarism

By TERENCE HUNT – 2 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official who serves as President Bush's middleman with conservatives and Christian groups has resigned after admitting to plagiarism. Twenty columns he wrote for an Indiana newspaper were determined to have material copied from other sources without attribution.

Timothy Goeglein, who has worked for Bush since 2001, acknowledged that he lifted material from a Dartmouth College publication and presented it as his own work in a column about education for The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The White House said Goeglein has apologized for not upholding the standards expected by the president. A White House statement says the president was disappointed to learn of the matter and was saddened for Goeglein and his family. It said Bush has long appreciated his service and knows him to be a good person who is committed to his country.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.


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