Following Plagiarist Disgusted Reader on the Idaho State Journal Politics Blog

Disgusted Reader is a character who frequently posts on the Idaho State Journal blog. He is also obsessed with casting the first stone.

But sometimes when we complain about others, to excess, we reveal our own flaws.

Below is the first instance of plagiarism that I caught from this rabid blogger back in 2008.

He hates Obama with a passion, and in a tirade, his post begins:
First President to refuse to show a valid Birth Certificate.  And then we get to see one that has no problems, so why did he refuse to show it?First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. First President to have a social security number from a state he’s never lived in. First President to Preside over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government. First President to Violate the War Powers Act ...

Read the full post here.

When I pointed this out, his explanation was:
You sure do love super hunky and newworldorderwar websites, don’t you? So, are they the first to post it or are they the plagiarists? Inquiring minds want to know? I’d also like to know how you know, just color me suspicious. Mine came from a friends personal email with no accompanying URL and I checked each line to see whether I agreed or disagreed with it and yes, I edited my version of it as I didn’t like the way it was written.
Nonetheless, the majority of words, phrases and sentences he reposted are found verbatim in other places. That would not get past an elementary basic writing course. 

Seven years later, I caught his plagarism again. Commenting on a Sept. 12, 2015  story called: It’s complicated: the relationship between religion and politics, by Neal Larson, Disgusted Reader writes (EXCERPT):
WHEN – he refused to disclose who donated money to his election campaign, as other candidates had done, people said it didn’t matter.
WHEN – he received endorsements from people like Louis Farrakhan, Muramar Kaddafi and Hugo Chavez, people said it didn’t matter.
 WHEN – it was pointed out that he was a total newcomer and had absolutely no experience at anything except community organizing, people said it didn’t matter.
 WHEN – he chose friends and acquaintances such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who were revolutionary radicals, people said it didn’t matter.
 WHEN – his voting record in the Illinois Senate and in the U.S. Senate came into question, people said it didn’t matter. WHEN – he refused to wear a flag lapel pin and did so only after a public outcry, people said it didn’t matter.
Neal Larson of KID 590AM & 92.1FM
Unfortunately, these words are found several places on the net and his writing gives no attribution. Read his full post and my response here


Here is his explanation this time:
I and a bunch of bloggers wrote it over time on a bunch of blogs. That plagiarism? We told anyone who wanted to copy and paste away. No patent, no nada. ... Welcome to the Internet where rules don’t exist because, “what difference would it make?”
I wonder what policies the Idaho State Journal has for those who copy the work of other writers and place it on the ISJ site unattributed.


C. R. Stucki said…
It's obvious that he does the "copy and paste" thing with substantial regularity, but who cares?