Skip to comments.Democratic Senator Hit With Plagiarism Allegations
Posted on 07/23/2014 3:09:45 PM PDT by Kaslin
Well, it seems Papergate just ensnared Montana Democratic Senator John Walsh. Mr. Walsh was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock to replace outgoing Sen. Max Baucus, who decided to become the Obama administrations Ambassador to China. Walsh is described by the New York Times as having something the Democrats lack in their political ranks: a seasoned military record. Walsh is a decorated Iraq War veteran, but his reputation might be marred by a final term paper he wrote in obtaining his masters degree, where a substantial portion was written without crediting anyone (via NYT):
An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walshs masters degree from the United States Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors works, with no attribution.
Mr. Walsh completed the paper, what the War College calls a strategy research project, to earn his degree in 2007, when he was 46. The sources of the material he presents as his own include academic papers, policy journal essays and books that are almost all available online.
Most strikingly, each of the six recommendations Mr. Walsh laid out at the conclusion of his 14-page paper, titled The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy, is taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document on the same topic.
In his third recommendation, for example, Mr. Walsh writes: Democracy promoters need to engage as much as possible in a dialogue with a wide cross section of influential elites: mainstream academics, journalists, moderate Islamists, and members of the professional associations who play a political role in some Arab countries, rather than only the narrow world of westernized democracy and human rights advocates.
The same exact sentence appears on the sixth page of a 2002 Carnegie paper written by four scholars at the research institute. In all, Mr. Walshs recommendations section runs to more than 800 words, nearly all of it taken verbatim from the Carnegie paper, without any footnote or reference to it. In addition, significant portions of the language in Mr. Walshs paper can be found in a 1998 essay by a scholar at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a research institute at Harvard.
On Wednesday, a campaign aide for Mr. Walsh did not contest the plagiarism but suggested that it be viewed in the context of the senators long career.
Montana is one of the states Republicans seem poised to pick up in the 2014 midterms.
He was first out of Tester and Walsh to get a buzz cut?
Not a big deal. Our(D)Vice President did the same and he got a bye. The (D) allows most transgressions.
This was DONE-WHILE-DEMOCRAT, and as you well know, there is no real penalty to be paid for doing anything wrong while in that status.
Just ask Elizabeth Warren, and anyone in the non-Fox US Mainstream Media about this.
So he had a blog.
Taking tips from Biden.
No one expects Democrats to be honest.
Their voters are delighted when they get away with breaking the rules.
A term paper is a blog?
“2007, when he was 46”
What difference at this point does it make? Clinton asked It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.
Why would this make the news, the guy is a Democrat after all.
As he is a democrat, this is a badge of honor. He has “overcome” his struggle that was “so long ago”. Now he is being “harassed” by “Reich wing nut jobs” trying to “undermine the President’s agenda” with “frivolous accusations”. We need to “get back to work” trying to “right the wrongs of the Bush administration”.
In other words, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"
The Senator already got all the benefits from his misdeeds. Will the War College revoke his degree? Will he lose his rank?
Democrats vote for people who represent their values.
Integrity is so yesterday...
I expect his poll #’s to rise..the libs consider crap like this a badge of honor.
Plagiarism no longer has any meaning for the American people, who can’t even define it.
This is a reume enhancer for liberals. Lie, cheat, steal, and lose.
> On Wednesday, a campaign aide for Mr. Walsh did not contest the plagiarism but suggested that it be viewed in the context of the senators long career.
How about he resign, and then we can discuss that.
Another Demagogic Party low-life, “reporting for duty”.
Well, unless it's a conservative of course. Then the American people will be pounded day and night for weeks by the media until everyone will know how to define it and know who the offender is.
It's so unfair these days to get an advanced degree, because all the good ideas are already taken.
He didn't think that. Somebody else thought of that for him.
Shouldn’t that be “democrat” rather than “democratic”?
It’s a socialist world - no such thing as private property for those not part of the inner leftist circle.
Everything the proletariat has belongs to everyone else.
(in the minds of the liberals)
Anything a liberal wants is up for grabs.
Democrat and plagiarism, how unusual.
Was he a Teddy Kennedy protege ?
“...So he had a blog.”
Yes, inspired by Al Gore, he invented blogging.
Walsh occupied a two-star General slot as the Adjutant General of Montana. However, the United States Army refused to grant “Federal Recognition” to Walsh because of the findings of an Inspector General investigation of Walsh. He remained a Colonel.
There should be an investigation into the Soldier’s suicide that Walsh talks about.