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Newspaper Accuses Politcal Author Coulter of Plagarism
foxnews.com ^ | July 08, 2006 | Associated Press

Posted on 07/08/2006 8:19:34 AM PDT by Grendel9

The syndicator of Ann Coulter's newspaper column is looking into allegations that the right-wing pundit has lifted material from other sources.

"We are reviewing the material and expect to have a response some time next week," Kathie Kerr, a spokeswoman for Universal Press Syndicate, told The Associated Press on Friday.

The New York Post and the Web sites Raw Story and the Rude Pundit have raised numerous questions about Coulter's columns, which appear in more than 100 newspapers, and her best-selling "Godless," already notorious for the author's calling four 9/11 widows, who supported Democrat John Kerry for president in 2004, "harpies" thriving on their husbands' demise.

Kerr said that the press syndicate had not discussed the allegations with Coulter, who was not immediately available for comment Friday. The publisher of "Godless," the Crown Publishing Group, issued a statement saying it had reviewed the "the allegations of plagiarism" in her book and "found them to be as trivial and meritless as they are irresponsible."

"As an experienced author and attorney, Ms. Coulter knows when attribution is appropriate, as underscored by the 19 pages and hundreds of endnotes contained in 'Godless,"' Crown's senior vice president and publisher, Steve Ross, said in the statement.

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That final paragraph is most interesting... suggesting that the plagiarized material was NOT COPYRIGHTED! Lawyers should have fun with this one! With all the exposure GODLESS has received on TV interviews, a plagiarism assault is hardly a surprise.

"Coulter's latest controversy includes a high-tech twist. TheNew York Post enlisted the Berkeley, Calif.-based iParadigms to run the author's material through its iThenticate software program, a web-based plagiarism detection system."

1 posted on 07/08/2006 8:19:36 AM PDT by Grendel9
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To: Grendel9

Have you heard any responses from her about these allegations yet? They are going after her full throttle, arent they?


2 posted on 07/08/2006 8:21:06 AM PDT by newconhere (bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. zap)
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To: Grendel9

Has Ann Coulter commented on these charges? If not, she should.


3 posted on 07/08/2006 8:21:55 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (NUTS!)
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To: Grendel9
TheNew York Post enlisted the Berkeley, Calif.-based iParadigms to run the author's material through its iThenticate software program, a web-based plagiarism detection system."

Interesting. Did the Post do that before or after she called them 'the second crappiest paper in New York'?

4 posted on 07/08/2006 8:22:03 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Grendel9
The publisher of "Godless," the Crown Publishing Group, issued a statement saying it had reviewed the "the allegations of plagiarism" in her book and "found them to be as trivial and meritless as they are irresponsible."

Glad to see her publisher standing by her.....

5 posted on 07/08/2006 8:22:45 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Grendel9

The DemonRats and the RINOS and the so called conservatives are at it again trying to destroy another conservative.


6 posted on 07/08/2006 8:23:07 AM PDT by johna61
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To: Grendel9

Does this qualify her to run for the Senate?


7 posted on 07/08/2006 8:23:09 AM PDT by Zechariah11
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To: Grendel9

You would think it would be a simple matter to provide whatever material that was supposedly copied. But the moonbat idiots don't. They spew and provide nothing except inuendo.


8 posted on 07/08/2006 8:23:29 AM PDT by Reactionary (The Barking of the Native Moonbat is the Sound of Moral Nitwittery)
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To: Rummyfan
"Did the Post do that before or after she called them 'the second crappiest paper in New York'?"

Was thinking the same thing.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1662347/posts
9 posted on 07/08/2006 8:23:42 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: Grendel9

Of all unlikely places, Daily Kos is defending Ann.


Ann Coulter plagiarism charges overblown
by kos
Fri Jul 07, 2006 at 08:29:00 AM PDT

TPM Muckracker has an itemized list of Ann Coulter's supposed plagiarism, and sorry to say, there's not much there.

Coulter is a lot of things, but it doesn't look like plagiarism is one of them.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/7/7/11290/58796

The Kossacks are enraged he would print this.


10 posted on 07/08/2006 8:23:45 AM PDT by tlb
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To: newconhere

Boy, you and I have the same idea ... see # 3. i've been asking for days whether she has commented.

Somehow I would be surprised if she did this since she has to know that they want to find someone to pin on her. Why give it to them by plaigerizing?


11 posted on 07/08/2006 8:24:21 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (NUTS!)
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To: Grendel9
To quote - and plagiarize - Toby Keith: " You'll be sorry you messed, with the U S of A (US of Ann), she'll (sic) put a boot in your @ss, it's the American way"

Ann will not go down quietly.

I feel sorry for the Post et al.

It'll get ugly, but Ann will emerge victorious.

12 posted on 07/08/2006 8:24:54 AM PDT by keithtoo (The GOP is fortunate that the Dim's are even more spineless and disorganized.)
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To: Grendel9


da rules.
13 posted on 07/08/2006 8:25:18 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: newconhere

Is her book available electronically? If not they had to convert it from hard copy to electronic to use the online tool. Might this be a violation of her copyright?

They finally detail the exact passages to support their claim but they do not indicate whether her 19 pages of end notes does or does not include credits for these passages.


14 posted on 07/08/2006 8:27:08 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: Rummyfan
A Rule is a Rule!


15 posted on 07/08/2006 8:28:41 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan

After... maybe they'll check out Biden when they have time. sarcasm/


16 posted on 07/08/2006 8:30:08 AM PDT by AliVeritas ("One for all , all for kicking *ss and taking names" ...Scratch taking names.)
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To: newconhere
Have you heard any responses from her about these allegations yet? They are going after her full throttle, arent they?

I suspect they are hoping for some payback for the Ward Churchill thing, and Ann is the most visible target. I don't think this will go anywhere.

17 posted on 07/08/2006 8:30:52 AM PDT by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: Grendel9

Just throw out accusations!

Isn't that how it works?

If they bring nothing, after they have already publicly accused Ann, they themselves should be held accountable in court.


18 posted on 07/08/2006 8:31:17 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Grendel9; All

I'm taking bets right now that when Ann does respond to this, the words JOE BIDEN will be factored prominently in there! lol!


19 posted on 07/08/2006 8:33:58 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: driftdiver

The libs CANT STAND Ann, cuz she is right on. Tough tutus.
They will throw whatever they (they think) they have at her, and she will emerge without a spot on her!
Sorry, Doomierats, we are winning....


20 posted on 07/08/2006 8:34:21 AM PDT by carmenbmw (My cats name is Mean. He earned it.)
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To: Grendel9
"Berkeley, Calif.-based iParadigms"

There is a lot more to this story under the surface.

21 posted on 07/08/2006 8:34:37 AM PDT by StAnDeliver ("Look, I'm already bitter and twisted enough today as it is, don't you start now!" -- Canard)
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To: driftdiver

I looked at the NY Post article, and at the Talking Points Memo site that has all the comparisons. I wouldn't call it plagiarism, but I don't think she'd win a libel suit, either. Some looks like what a journalism teacher called "lifting" quotes - using quotes from someone else's article as if you got those quotes yourself. It's considered sleazy in journalism circles.

Barrie, of iParadigms (that developed the plagiarism software), said the ones he pointed out were not footnoted.


22 posted on 07/08/2006 8:39:23 AM PDT by retMD
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To: tlb

Kos labels Coulter lazy and unimaginative...
lazy, maybe; unimaginative? hardly!


23 posted on 07/08/2006 8:42:44 AM PDT by Grendel9 (u)
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To: Grendel9

You don't cite an uncopyrighted joke when you don't even know if your source is the original source. Come on. It's not plagiarism to repeat a joke. Nice try. If these are the new rules, we should take a second look at liberal material. Oh...for that matter, how about the way newspapers repeat the Democrat talking points over and over without citing their source. Plagiarism!


24 posted on 07/08/2006 8:42:44 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: retMD

Wow, considered *sleazy* in journalism?
In the CURRENT MSM?
Is that possible?


25 posted on 07/08/2006 8:44:46 AM PDT by carmenbmw (My cats name is Mean. He earned it.)
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To: Zechariah11

Nah...she didn't hire someone to take her exam....


26 posted on 07/08/2006 8:44:55 AM PDT by litehaus
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To: BunnySlippers

Coulter is a successful, bright gal.
She'll respond IF and WHEN her lawyers
advise.


27 posted on 07/08/2006 8:45:12 AM PDT by Grendel9 (u)
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To: StAnDeliver

I noticed that, too. Coulter was
hardly writing a Thesis or term paper!


28 posted on 07/08/2006 8:47:24 AM PDT by Grendel9 (u)
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To: BunnySlippers

She commented on H&C on Thursday and said it was a joke and she will be vindicated.


29 posted on 07/08/2006 8:56:01 AM PDT by JerseyDvl ("If you attack Americans, we'll defend your right to do it."- The Democrat Party)
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To: Grendel9

I seem to remember a thread on this subject a week or so ago here on the forum. If I recall, the material in question was from a Portland paper? And if I recall correctly, it was written by a guest writer, Ann Coulter? Sorta difficult to plagerize yourself, eh?


30 posted on 07/08/2006 8:56:41 AM PDT by Concho ((I'd rather be hunting.))
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To: Grendel9

I hate to say it, but there may be something to this. I have read her books, and noticed that there are a number of instances in which she used the word "the." I know for a fact "the" has appeared in other publications that were produced long before any of her books ever reached the bookstores. Is it merely coincidence that "the" suddenly shows up in her writings not once, but numerous times?


31 posted on 07/08/2006 9:01:12 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Grendel9
That final paragraph is most interesting... suggesting that the plagiarized material was NOT COPYRIGHTED!

Whether or not the original source material was copyrighted is irrelevant to charges of plagiarism. "Plagiarism" is the act of passing off another's words or original ideas as though they were your own - to do so is plagiarism, by definition, regardless of the copyright status of the other person's words or ideas.

32 posted on 07/08/2006 9:02:55 AM PDT by Senator Bedfellow (If you're not sure, it was probably sarcasm.)
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To: newconhere

She loves it. I think her objective from the beginning was to ferret these liberals into the open to debate her. Hillary backed down quickly didn't she?


33 posted on 07/08/2006 9:04:17 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Islam the Religion of Peace)
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To: Grendel9

I still have yet to hear or read ANY liberal fight her on her assertions about liberals. That's the REAL story here....


34 posted on 07/08/2006 9:04:37 AM PDT by GOPRaleigh (If John Kerry didn't exist then Karl Rove would have to invent him.)
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To: Grendel9

So the lefties are going after Ann - so what?

It only means that she is effective in exposing their idiocy and hypocrisy. Being attacked by this crowd is a badge of honor... and we should expect no less...


35 posted on 07/08/2006 9:11:20 AM PDT by JustTheTruth
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To: Reactionary

If you read the entire article (rather than just the excerpt here) they do show some of the source material that is repeated almost verbatim in her book.

To me though if you're only talking about two or three little paragraphs out of an entire book then that isn't plagerism, it's just oversight and would be corrected in subsequent editions. I mean this article states that she had 19 pages of endnotes. So what if she inadvertantly missed a couple? I imagine it happens quite frequently in books of this nature and if every such book were put under this sort of scrutiny you'd find similar mistakes.


36 posted on 07/08/2006 9:12:33 AM PDT by Humbug
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To: johna61

At least she wasn't caught "sneaking" Viagra through customs, LOL.

Any prominent conservative is under scrutiny and assault today. Like Rush says, they can't challenge us in the arena of ideas, so they trump up these nonsensical trivial matters to blow a smoke screen. All too often, all some read are headlines and form an opinion.

The lefty's are counting on that again.


37 posted on 07/08/2006 9:12:53 AM PDT by DakotaRed
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To: BunnySlippers
Has Ann Coulter commented on these charges? If not, she should.

Ann's reply:

"Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching
Ka-ching

"You want that one autographed? Ka-ching"

Gimme a break, if this is the worst they can dig up on her they got nuttin'; it's a bust.

38 posted on 07/08/2006 9:16:46 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: Rummyfan

In "punditry", most rhetorical "turns of a phrase" are as common as E A B or A C D chord progressions (among numerous others) in blues-rock music. They have been and will continue to be used all the time, and to investigate whether somebody "stole" them is an exercise for simpletons. The Estate of Robert Johnson should be worth trillions by now.


39 posted on 07/08/2006 9:18:12 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Liberty Valance

It is such a shame... She has the potential to look REALLY good, instead she looks like Skeletor.


Get that woman a sammich!


40 posted on 07/08/2006 9:22:19 AM PDT by Triggerhippie (Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.)
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To: Grendel9

It's so funny and telling that that they are blasting away at her about everything but not even trying to defend the base charge...that they are Godless.


41 posted on 07/08/2006 9:24:50 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Grendel9

Now we see the liberal leftist demoncRAT media dogs go on attack. Keep up the good work, Annie!


42 posted on 07/08/2006 9:49:09 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Zechariah11

Only in Delaware.


43 posted on 07/08/2006 9:56:04 AM PDT by Barb4Bush
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To: GOPRaleigh
I still have yet to hear or read ANY liberal fight her on her assertions about liberals. That's the REAL story here....

And you won't hear it either. They can't face truth and fight it head on; they can only lie and name call. Its all they've got. I dont think there is an original idea within a group of any 100 liberals.
44 posted on 07/08/2006 10:02:37 AM PDT by D1X1E
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To: Grendel9

How could she plagiarize something that the newspapers don't have guts enough to publish in the first place?

And, pray tell, how do you 'plagiarize' something that isn't first copywritten?


45 posted on 07/08/2006 10:04:21 AM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (No NAIS! And the USDA can bugger off, too!)
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To: Zechariah11
Does this qualify her to run for the Senate?

If she can pass the swimming test she qualifies!

46 posted on 07/08/2006 10:09:54 AM PDT by Tarheel (Good fences make good neighbors--R. Frost)
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To: GreenHornet

Wasn't MLK nailed for plagiarism???????If so,Ann could bring his works and Joe Biden's works into the discussion and lets see how gooooood these libs were at stealing other peoples works and pssing them off as their own!!!!I know that Planned parenthood copyrights all of their material...Because I've used it and man they have got it covered....So,I don't know about the other writings she supposedly stole..{And didn't the libs complain she stole from her own writing?????


47 posted on 07/08/2006 10:38:03 AM PDT by fishbabe
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To: Mrs. Shawnlaw

I know that Planned parenthood copyrights EVERYTHING!!!!!I know cuz' I have dealt with them myself...


48 posted on 07/08/2006 10:40:11 AM PDT by fishbabe
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To: retMD

"I wouldn't call it plagiarism, but I don't think she'd win a libel suit, either. "

Depends on if they are included in her 19 pages of credits.

"It's considered sleazy in journalism circles. "

It must be the only thing considered sleazy. How many times have we seen different news articles published by different companies that are a compilation of information from other stories. Seems like every other breaking news story in the MSM has pieces from other articles.


49 posted on 07/08/2006 10:41:00 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: Grendel9

"The publisher of 'Godless,' the Crown Publishing Group, issued a statement saying it had reviewed the 'the allegations of plagiarism" in her book and "found them to be as trivial and meritless as they are irresponsible.'"

Baseless Liberal witch hunt.


50 posted on 07/08/2006 10:42:34 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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