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Democratic Senator Hit With Plagiarism Allegations
Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Matt Vespa

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 administration’s 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 master’s degree, where a substantial portion was written without crediting anyone (via NYT):

An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s 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. Walsh’s 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. Walsh’s 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 senator’s long career.

Montana is one of the states Republicans seem poised to pick up in the 2014 midterms.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014elections; 2014senate; demoncrats; johnwalsh; maxbaucus; montana; stevebullock

1 posted on 07/23/2014 3:09:45 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

He was first out of Tester and Walsh to get a buzz cut?

http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_25085966/democrats-hope-this-mans-haircut-can-save-senate

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/harry-reid-ben-nelson-hair_n_2272487.html


2 posted on 07/23/2014 3:13:20 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: Kaslin

Not a big deal. Our(D)Vice President did the same and he got a bye. The (D) allows most transgressions.


3 posted on 07/23/2014 3:15:30 PM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: Kaslin

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.


4 posted on 07/23/2014 3:17:17 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Kaslin
Democratic Senator Hit With Plagiarism Allegations

So he had a blog.

5 posted on 07/23/2014 3:19:53 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Kaslin

Taking tips from Biden.


6 posted on 07/23/2014 3:21:31 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Kaslin

No one expects Democrats to be honest.

Their voters are delighted when they get away with breaking the rules.


7 posted on 07/23/2014 3:22:44 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: humblegunner

A term paper is a blog?


8 posted on 07/23/2014 3:24:16 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

“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.”


9 posted on 07/23/2014 3:24:34 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Kaslin

Why would this make the news, the guy is a Democrat after all.


10 posted on 07/23/2014 3:25:56 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Kaslin

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”.


11 posted on 07/23/2014 3:28:00 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

True


12 posted on 07/23/2014 3:28:32 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
On Wednesday, a campaign aide for Mr. Walsh did not contest the plagiarism but suggested that it be viewed in the context of the senator’s long career.

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?

-PJ

13 posted on 07/23/2014 3:28:48 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Kaslin

Democrats vote for people who represent their values.

Integrity is so yesterday...


14 posted on 07/23/2014 3:29:55 PM PDT by DB
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To: Kaslin

I expect his poll #’s to rise..the libs consider crap like this a badge of honor.


15 posted on 07/23/2014 3:32:49 PM PDT by rainee (Her)
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To: Kaslin

Plagiarism no longer has any meaning for the American people, who can’t even define it.


16 posted on 07/23/2014 3:33:01 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: Kaslin

This is a reume enhancer for liberals. Lie, cheat, steal, and lose.


17 posted on 07/23/2014 3:37:37 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> On Wednesday, a campaign aide for Mr. Walsh did not contest the plagiarism but suggested that it be viewed in the context of the senator’s long career.

How about he resign, and then we can discuss that.

Another Demagogic Party low-life, “reporting for duty”.


18 posted on 07/23/2014 3:39:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Theodore R.
Plagiarism no longer has any meaning for the American people, who can’t even define it.

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.

19 posted on 07/23/2014 3:42:30 PM PDT by steelwheels
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To: Kaslin
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.

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.

-PJ

20 posted on 07/23/2014 3:45:06 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Kaslin

Shouldn’t that be “democrat” rather than “democratic”?


21 posted on 07/23/2014 3:47:04 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Steely Tom

True


22 posted on 07/23/2014 3:49:13 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

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.
/s


23 posted on 07/23/2014 3:52:17 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: Kaslin

Democrat and plagiarism, how unusual.


24 posted on 07/23/2014 3:56:19 PM PDT by NH Red
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To: Kaslin
moderate Islamists,

While one can make the case for moderate Muslims, there's no such thing as a "moderate" Islamists. It's like saying someone's a "moderate Klan member."

It's use by Carnegie is an morally relativistic attempt to moderate the language around Islamic radicalism. The appropriation of it by this jacka** illustrates that he not only plagiarized but did so without actually understanding what he was plagiarizing.
25 posted on 07/23/2014 4:02:55 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Was he a Teddy Kennedy protege ?


26 posted on 07/23/2014 4:19:55 PM PDT by bt-99 ("Get off my Lawn")
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To: humblegunner

“...So he had a blog.”
**************************************************

Yes, inspired by Al Gore, he invented blogging.


27 posted on 07/23/2014 4:45:38 PM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: Kaslin

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.


28 posted on 07/23/2014 5:08:12 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin
A 14 page Master's Thesis?

I've done much longer 100 level writing assignments.
29 posted on 07/23/2014 6:09:51 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: 98ZJ USMC
A 14 page Master's Thesis?

That caught my eye as well....

30 posted on 07/23/2014 6:12:05 PM PDT by wolf24
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