In an article published Wednesday, Newsweek magazine writer Chris Riotta claimed Ivanka Trump committed plagiarism in her recent speech in India.
Who was the victim of the plagiarism? And will they be filing a lawsuit against the President’s daughter?
It’s unlikely any legal action will be taken. That’s because, according to Newsweek, the target of Ivanka Trump’s plagiarism was herself.
— Garrett Love (@Garrett_Love) November 30, 2017
The story focused on Trump’s appearance at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India this week.
Riotta wrote that while attendees at the summit might have expected “a robust keynote address,” they instead discovered that the “breadth of her talking points were recycled from a previous speech she gave during a foreign trip earlier this month.”
Readers were quick to point out that recycling one’s own speeches does not constitute plagiarism.
Among them was New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.
“That… isn’t what plagiarism is,” she tweeted.
Journalist Jack Posobiec also brought the poor word choice to Newsweek’s attention.
After the article received widespread attention, Newsweek updated the title, replacing “plagiarized” with “recycles.”
But the correction came too late. The damage is done and conservatives are relishing in the chance to torment Newsweek over their glaring mistake.
By your own ridiculous definition, you plagiarize regularly by reposting your articles all the time. Sorry, a speech isn’t an academic paper. pic.twitter.com/MoURDIsbHw
— David Clingenpeel (@declingenpeel) November 30, 2017
It is *insane* that you think this edit somehow turned this into a legitimate piece. This is an inconsequential pivot on a reprehensibly petty story.
— Jeremy Martin (@jmar777) November 30, 2017
Reusing speeches is common practice. This is why the term fake news gets thrown around a lot.
— Paul J (@PaulJacques19) November 30, 2017
based on earlier tweets, @Newsweek should not be coaching anyone in plagiarism nor grammar
— Gregory (@gregggmw) November 30, 2017
Was there a similar story written whenever others like Michelle Obama gave similar speeches on multiple occasions?
What makes this newsworthy?
Is this uncommon?
— Jarrod Schooley (@TheBigBengal) November 30, 2017
What’s the need for an article on this? Many folks, especially speakers at events & conventions “recycle,” as you put it, because that’s their standpoint. I’ve witnessed this myself. Good on them for sticking true. I’m curious tho, how often have you ‘recycled’ your articles?
— Jessica (@iamjessicaflynn) November 30, 2017
lol yes because you can not plagarize yourself. how is it that any of your editors get paid?
— Ed Bradley (@Ed_Bradley) November 30, 2017
“Trump is far from the first person to pull from their old speeches—government officials, especially those campaigning, routinely use their old talking points in updated talks with voters across the country.” ~ fm the article above
Go home, Newsweek. You’re drunk again …
— ThatGirlFromTexas (@NomadsWanderer) November 30, 2017
— Victor Escalera (@Escalera4Victor) November 30, 2017