- Glenn Greenwald in Salon quotes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times, and says that her column is “uncharacteristically cogent and substantive”. Hmmm.
- TPM points out that at least one paragraph from Dowd’s column was plagiarized from an earlier column by Josh Marshall in TPM. Does that explain why Greenwald thought it was such a good column?
- Dowd admits to using words from Marshall’s column (and updates her column to give proper credit), but claims that she had not read Marshall’s column but instead had heard it from a friend, and didn’t realize that it was from Marshall. She should have just apologized. Compare Marshall’s line:
More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when we were looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq.
More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when the Bush crowd was looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Almost precisely the same words, with just one change of noun (“we were” to “the Bush crowd was”). Hard to believe she was merely quoting something a friend told her, unless both she and her friend have amazing photographic memories.
- What makes this all ironic is that Dowd played a major role in exposing a somewhat similar case of plagiarism against Joe Biden back in 1988. When Biden made excuses for borrowing other’s words, Dowd went on the attack, which eventually resulted in Biden withdrawing from the presidential race. Does Dowd deserve the same treatment?
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