Seven Degrees from Normal

Two people, eighteen years of marriage, seven college degrees.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Another conservative flunks freshman comp.

The NY Post's Philip Recchia, via James Wolcott, by way of Rude Pundit:
Conservative scribe Ann Coulter cribbed liberally in her latest book, "Godless," according to a plagiarism expert.

John Barrie, the creator of a leading plagiarism-recognition system, claimed he found at least three instances of what he calls "textbook plagiarism" in the leggy blond pundit's "Godless: the Church of Liberalism" after he ran the book's text through the company's digital iThenticate program.

He also says he discovered verbatim lifts in Coulter's weekly column, which is syndicated to more than 100 newspapers, including the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Sun-Sentinel and Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle.

I've not heard of iThenticate, and I know rather a lot about plagiarism identification software. I know a lot less about copyright law, but I sure hope some of the folks Ann has been "borrowing" from find lawyers who know all about it.

Writing is hard, isn't it? It really bugs me when someone wants whatever status they think they get from being a writer, but they don't want to do the actual work.

Being president is hard too, I understand.


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