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History, plagiarism, aliens, grenade launchers, and Hillary

Some tweets you may find interesting on a late Spring day

None dare call it plagiarism

Okay, let's just call it an interesting parphrase of Neville Chamberlain. Historian Jack Pitney on yesterday's address by the president at West Point:

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June 14, 2020

“Finding Contentment” by plagiarizing

Today's Wheeling papers recycle an old plagiarized column from last October

Today’s editions of our Wheeling “newspapers” include another column from West Virginia University’s Carrie White. The column, “Finding Contentment,” can be found on page 5 of both papers.

Since I discovered plagiarism in two columns by White last year (see here and here), I decided to do a quick search. It didn’t take long to . . .

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January 30, 2020

Plain and simple plagiarism

Yet another reason to call the Wheeling Intelligencer a “newspaper”

Yesterday, the Washington Post released the Vatican report on former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield. (See next post down.) This morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer covered some of the findings of the document in a front-page article attributed to "staff reports." Much of the article quotes directly from the report – that makes sense . . .

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December 24, 2019

More "newspapers on the cheap" from the Wheeling Intelligencer: today’s Wheeling Intelligencer features some borrowing and “borrowing” from others to fill-up its paper

An editorial about local sewage from another Ogden paper 29 miles away and more plagiarism from one its columnists

Today’s Wheeling Intelligencer lead editorial begins by asking:

Does Weirton need to double the capacity of its water treatment plant and triple that of the sewage treatment facility?

To answer the question: I don’t care. Perhaps if I lived in Weirton, this might be an important question. I don’t and there is . . .

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September 19, 2019

The Sunday Wheeling News-Register runs Senator Rucker's "incredible coincidence" of an op-ed

On Friday, I highlighted the Charleston Gazette-Mail's front-page story on WV senator Patricia Rucker's most recent op-ed piece that had appeared in another state newspaper. As reporter Ryan Quinn demonstrated, two of her paragraphs were almost exactly the same as articles found elsewhere. When confronted with the 130 words of . . .

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May 12, 2019

"It is an incredible coincidence"

WV Senate Education Chair Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson) explains why her op-ed piece is so strikingly similar to a blog post at a pro-charter website

This morning’s Charleston Gazette-Mail has an interesting article by its education reporter, Ryan Quinn:

Chair may have plagiarized commentary

Quinn notes that WV Senate Education Chair Patricia Rucker’s op-ed, which was sent to the G-M and the Beckley Herald-Star (which published it yesterday), contains very . . .

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May 10, 2019

Hey, Ogden Newspapers: If you’re too cheap to pay for a plagiarism checker, there are free ones online

I know, I know. It doesn’t matter if the article is a “cut and paste” job – it takes up space

This morning, with a few minutes to kill, I looked at some sections of the paper that I usually don’t read. One article on page five (it’s also on page 5 of the evening paper) caught my attention:

Choose to Use Healthy Words

by Carrie White. (She apparently writes a "Healthy Ways" column.)

After . . .

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March 28, 2019

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