Sunday, May 21, 2017

Did Sheriff David Clarke copy without attribution?

A post by ANDREW KACZYNSKI at TriState titled Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized portions of his master's thesis on homeland security has text:

In all instances reviewed by CNN's KFile, Clarke lifts language from sources and credits them with a footnote, but does not indicate with quotation marks that he is taking the words verbatim.

According to guidelines on plagiarism posted on the Naval Postgraduate School's website, "If a passage is quoted verbatim, it must be set off with quotation marks (or, if it is a longer passage, presented as indented text), and followed by a properly formulated citation. The length of the phrase does not matter. If someone else's words are sufficiently significant to be worth quoting, then accurate quotation followed by a correct citation is essential, even if only a few words are involved."

One notes that IPBiz attributes the text to KACZYNSKI without quotation marks or indentation. Plagiarism?

The Guardian notes of previous work by Kaczynski :

Monica Crowley, a radio host, columnist and Fox News contributor, was picked by Donald Trump for a communications post with the national security council. In January she withdrew from consideration, after Politico and Kaczynski reported that she allegedly plagiarised parts of a PhD thesis and a 2012 book.

In 2013, Kaczynski, then at Buzzfeed, reported that Rand Paul, a US senator from Kentucky and a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, had plagiarised portions of books, articles and speeches. Paul told CNN: “Ultimately, I’m the boss, and things go out under my name, so it is my fault. I never had intentionally presented anyone’s ideas as my own.”


The Clarke matter is distinct from the Walsh matter (involving a paper at the War College) wherein Walsh presented no attribution at all (i.e., no footnote).
Major plagiarism scandal brewing as to Senator John Walsh
including a comment from one of Walsh's "victims."


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