White House Aide Plagiarized 20 of 38 Columns

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March 1, 2008 8:41 a.m.

Well, it all came crashing down rather quickly for Tim Goeglein.

Early Friday morning, blogger Nancy Nall published her post “Copycat.” By Friday evening, Goeglein had resigned. And The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, announced that their internal investigation of Goeglein’s columns had revealed that of the 38 columns Goeglein had published over the last eight years, plagiarized passages were discovered in 20.

Somewhat puzzlingly, the paper says that Goeglein was never paid for his “unsolicited, guest” columns, which he’s been publishing for some twenty years. So I guess his plagiarism was its own reward.

Hats off to Tim, though. The paper’s list of plagiarized sources shows that he often drew from articles in the major papers. So it’s quite impressive that he managed to get away with it for this long.

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