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Nov 11 2013

Moonie Times Ends Rand Paul Column

How bad have things gotten for Rand Paul after being caught plagiarizing multiple times in his articles and speeches? Bad enough that even the Washington Moonie Times has dumped him. But they still managed to write one of the most hilarious sentences I’ve ever read:

Mr. Paul took personal responsibility for the oversights, which he and aides said were caused by staff providing him background materials that were not properly footnoted. But the Kentucky Republican, a possible 2016 White House candidate, also said he was being held by the news media to a higher standard than other politicians.

See, he’s totally taking “personal responsibility” for mistakes made by other people not named Rand Paul. And why are you picking on him and not those other people? Huh? Tell me that? “Personal responsibility” — you keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.

The Washington Times said Tuesday that it had independently reviewed Mr. Paul’s columns and op-eds and published a correction to his Sept. 20 column in which the senator had failed to attribute a passage that first appeared in The Week.

The newspaper and the senator mutually agreed to end his weekly column, which has appeared each Friday since the summer.

“We expect our columnists to submit original work and to properly attribute material, and we appreciate that the senator and his staff have taken responsibility for an oversight in one column,” Times Editor John Solomon said.

John Solomon has interesting ethical standards. He’ll happily cash checks written by the fascist cult/organized crime syndicate known as the Unification Church, but plagiarism? That’s just out of bounds. We’ll have none of that here!

But fear not for Rand Paul. He may not be good enough for the Moonies, but he’s good enough for Breitbart.

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  1. 1
    Modusoperandi

    But fear not for Rand Paul. He may not be good enough for the Moonies, but he’s good enough for Breitbart.”

    You know what they say, “The cream rises to the top”. That leaves a lot of room underneath for him.

  2. 2
    smrnda

    This reminds me so much of when his father, Ron Paul, stated that racist things that appeared under his name were *really written* by someone else.

    Given how much the Pauls try to depict themselves as deep thinkers, the idea that they would employ ghostwriters or ‘collaborators’ in such a capacity makes their claims kind of laughable. Some intellectual giants there, getting aids to cobble together columns for which they are paid, and given their adherence to Ayn Rand and her views of intellectual property and contempt for people who didn’t do all the mental work themselves, what hypocrites.

  3. 3
    Nick Gotts

    The newspaper and the senator mutually agreed to end his weekly column

    Presumably in the same sense that the judge and a convicted defendant mutually agree on the sentence.

  4. 4
    matty1

    @1 My granddad had a saying “The conservative party is the cream of society – rich, thick and full of clots”

  5. 5
    caseyboucher

    Great, you made coffee come out of my nose. Thanks for that :)

  6. 6
    Moggie

    When asked for his reaction to this setback, Mr Paul said that “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, and that “these are the times that try men’s souls”. Also, he wants to be called Ishmael, for some reason.

  7. 7
    Gregory in Seattle

    Moonie Times fires Rand Paul because he is an unoriginal liar?

    Ouch. You know that’s gotta sting.

  8. 8
    Blondin

    When asked for his reaction to this setback, Mr Paul said that “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”…

    Dickens totally stole that from Tolstoy, y’know.

  9. 9
    Area Man

    Few things are more ironic and Orwellian than the conservative use of the phrase “personal responsibility”. If you wrote people who were as unwilling to accept responsibility as these guys are into a novel, no one would believe it.

  10. 10
    Ace of Sevens

    So he’s claiming that huge chunks of his column are verbatim lifts from stuff his interns came up with? This isn’t exactly a defense against plagiarism charges.

  11. 11
    M can help you with that.

    So he’s claiming that huge chunks of his column are verbatim lifts from stuff his interns came up with? This isn’t exactly a defense against plagiarism charges.

    Ah, but it is — intellectual property, like all property, belongs morally and legally to the employer of whoever produced it. If text is written by someone hired by Rand Paul, then Rand Paul is the author. Capitalism!

  12. 12
    freehand

    Does this mean that he went to public and/of private schools in which his use of plagiarism was never a problem, even in principle? If so, perhaps he simply dismissed the faculty ranting about something which he figured was not going to cause a problem for him. Well, he may have no honor nor shame, but he’s got good hair.

  13. 13
    Marcus Ranum

    You know what they say, “The cream rises to the top”

    So the really big poops!!! Coincidence?

  14. 14
    chilidog99

    There are more questions popping up lately about his claim that he is “board certified.”

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