Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BREAKING Washington Times Ends Rand Paul Column Amid Plagiarism Allegations


The Washington Times has issued the following statement:
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul acknowledged Tuesday he had failed to properly source material in published writings, including a column in The Washington Times, after a string of embarrassing plagiarism accusations surfaced in recent days.
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. 
“The standard I’m being held to is a little different than everybody else,” Mr. Paul said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “They’re now going back and reading every book from cover-to-cover and looking for places where we footnoted correctly and don’t have quotation marks in the right places or we didn’t indent correctly.”
The Washington Times said Tuesday it had independently reviewed Mr. Paul’s columns and op-eds and published a correction to one column on Sept. 20 in which the senator had failed to attribute a passage that first appeared in Forbes.
The newspaper and the senator mutually agreed to end his weekly column, which has appeared on each Friday in the newspaper 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.
“We also appreciate the original insights he has shared with our readers over the last few months and look forward to future contributions from Sen. Paul and any other members of Congress who take the time to help educate our readers with original thought leadership pieces,” Mr. Solomon said.
The website BuzzFeed reported that a section of Mr. Paul’s 2012 book “Government Bullies” appeared to have lifted sections of an earlier Forbes article.


  1. "Original insights he shared..."


  2. Maybe he should aim for the Vice Presidency imstead--we know serial plagiarism isn't a disqualifier for that distinguished office.

    1. Biden does not have deep ties to the White Supremacy community. Rand does. Add in the serial plagiarism and he's not getting elected dog catcher in a national election.

    2. you mean Jack Hunter? i'm sure a guy with blog is a huge threat to the nation. And serial plagiarism hasn't done Doris Kearns Godwin's career any harm.

    3. to JW:

      Another charge that someone they don't like is a racist. Old hat.


    4. "Biden does not have deep ties to the White Supremacy community. Rand does."

      This is the kind of brain dead smear we have come to expect from collectivist Obamabots and other left wing vermin. If Barack Obama is qualified to be President then obviously ethical standards no longer apply.

      I haven't heard anything about Rand smuggling thousands of semi-auto rifles to Mexican crime cartels or getting a U.S. ambassador killed and then lying about it, not to mention repeatedly lying to us about keeping our health insurance and doctors if we liked them. So go right ahead and make mountains out of molehills while ignoring the wholesale criminality of The Dear Leader. Pathetic.

  3. I'm not fan of Rand's weasel brand of "outreach" but this is the kind of thing that the elite will hit any of us with if we start to be too successful. Have you ever heard the knowledge problem explained on TV?

  4. Even "Jerry Wolfgang" does not believe Rand has "deep ties" to the 200-member "white supremacy community," 125 of whom are FBI informants.