Blogger busts VT Congressional candidate for plagiarism
In Vermont, there's a spirited congressional campaign underway for the seat held by Congressman Bernie Sanders.
...so she did what she does when she cross-checks papers prepared by her psychology students at the Community College of Vermont. "I did a plagiarism check," she said. "You know, to see if anybody is cutting and pasting. In my class, if someone does this, they don't get the credit." ...
She blogged it, and didn't take long for every blogger and reporter in the state to take notice. Of course, you know what comes next: damage control.
"The individual responsible is no longer a worker for the campaign," Rainville said. "The words were lifted from other people and not attributed to them and made to look like my statements. This is totally and completely unacceptable."
Of course, there's an amusing code to the story from the Times Argus. Noting that plagiarism can sometimes be a fuzzy thing to define, it has a lot in common with pornography.
Stewart, the fired staffer, is the grandson of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, who served on the bench for 22 years before retiring in 1981. He is perhaps best known for his opinion in an obscenity case, in which he said pornography was hard to define, but that "I know it when I see it."
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