An article written for The Hill by liberal political pundit and former NPR news analyst Juan Williams was discovered to have contained entire paragraphs lifted from another source without attribution.
“I was writing a column about the immigration debate and had my researcher look around to see what data existed to pump up this argument and he sent back what I thought were his words and summaries of the data,” Williams told Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald. “I had never seen the CAP report myself, so I didn’t know that the young man had in fact not summarized the data but had taken some of the language from the CAP report.”
The CAP report was drafted by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C., progressive public policy, research and advocacy organization.
“I just feel betrayed,” Williams added.
I’m not certain who he feels betrayed by – his researcher or the Center for American Progress, which brought the plagiarism to The Hill’s attention.
When the news became public, Politico’s Alex Burns tweeted:
Alex Burns @aburnspolitico
Is there anything lamer than blaming a researcher for plagiarism?
Burns’ tweet is right on target. Winners accept responsibility and give others credit.
I realize Williams is a busy man, especially considering his frequent appearances on Fox News. He nonetheless owes a duty to the public to make sure every word that appears under his byline is his and not lifted from another source.
When this incident first came to my attention, I thought to myself that conservative pundit Michelle Malkin must be grinning from ear to ear right now.
In a blowout between Malkin and Williams on the Sean Hannity Show last year, Williams told Malkin, “Let me tell you something, Michelle — I’m a real reporter. I’m not a blogger out there in the blogosphere somewhere.”
Malkin may be a blogger, but she’s no plagiarist. The dust-up starts at about 5:30 in the video below.
Read more at Salon.
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