Following allegations of plagiarism that caused a shake-up in the senator’s office, Rand Paul’s (R-KY) opinion column has found a new home at Breitbart News.
“Paul is pleased to partner with Breitbart News and looks forward to the new, wider audience for his columns,” Paul advisor Doug Stafford told Breitbart in Wednesday’s announcement.
“We are pleased to add Senator Paul to our lineup of fearless, original thought leaders,” Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov said in the announcement. “Most of all, we think the fighting spirit he has become known for is a perfect fit for Breitbart News Network and reflects that of our founder, Andrew Breitbart.”
The announcement made no mention of the plagiarism allegations that led Paul and the Washington Times to “mutually” end their relationship Tuesday. Paul’s column was dropped from the Times after the senator was accused of composing one of his op-eds for the newspaper with passages lifted almost verbatim from an article published in The Week.
The Kentucky senator assured the New York Times in an interview that his office would restructure to better address the attribution problem, and suggested his heavy workload was partially to blame for the poor vetting of his pieces.
But media coverage of the plagiarism charges continues to vex Paul: he told National Review the recent press “annoys the hell out of me.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.