Washington Times Ends Rand Paul’s Weekly Column After Plagiarism Charges

AP

The Washington Times and Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday “mutually” agreed to end his weekly column after he failed to properly cite material and appeared to lift entire sentences, including in one article that appeared to borrow extensively from Forbes.

“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,” he added.

Paul took ownership on Tuesday, telling the New York Times that a demanding schedule was partially to blame.

“We need to get stuff earlier, but it’s hard,” Paul said. “We probably take on more than we should be doing.”

 

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