I just got an email from Kathie Kerr, spokeswoman for Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes Ann Coulter's columns to newspapers around the United States. She said
yesterday she was requesting a "report" from John Barrie, the plagiarism expert whose technology has reportedly identified numerous examples of the columnist's cribbing.
me back last night. But Universal Press Syndicate hasn't heard from him, Kerr wrote.
"Universal Press has left two messages for Dr. Barrie. . . but he has not returned our calls, as of yet," she emailed.
Barrie told me last night he wasn't going to give them his research for free -- they could buy his entire service, and verify that none of their authors are plagiarists, or they could take nothing and like it. For Coulter, the results of his findings have already been published, he said.
TPMmuckraker is busy compiling a list of alleged examples of plagiarism in Coulter's work which have been reported elsewhere, including Barrie's examples cited
by the New York Post
. We hope to have it up shortly.