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February 29, 2008

Plagiarist in the White House

It's amazing in the age of Google how anyone, even if he's a special assistant to George Bush, thinks he can get away with plagiarism.

And no, we're not talking the kind of "plagiarism" the Clinton camp was charging Obama with. We're talking wholesale lifting of paragraphs verbatim, without permission and without accreditation.

The guy apologized, now that he's been caught, except it turns out he's plagiarized before, and so far he hasn't owned up to those. Meanwhile, internet sleuths are still looking and there's no telling how many more they'll dig up.

As of this writing, the White House promptly wagged its finger and punished Mr. Goeglein's intellectual theft by letting him keep his job. Given their record of rewarding outrageous behavior, I'm actually surprised they didn't also give him a raise.

More from Dan Froomkin at the WaPo.

Update: Goeglein resigns.

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