You know the Dems have a dearth of people with brains when Dem a Congressmen plagiarizes a blogger and assumes he will not get caught.
— Rep. Sherrod Brown wrote to Sen. Mike DeWine last Friday, voicing concern about Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito’s labor record.
Brown’s language was crisp — and was plagiarized.
Roughly 90 percent of what Brown, an Avon Democrat, wrote in his letter was lifted from an Internet posting by a blogger, as Brown’s office acknowledged Monday when The Plain Dealer presented the similarities.
Brown had not credited the blogger, Nathan Newman of NathanNewman.org, or any other source.
For instance, Newman, an attorney and labor and community activist, posted this on his blog Nov. 1: “What is striking about Alito is that he is so hostile even to the basic rights of workers to have a day in court, much less interpreting the law in their favor.”
Brown’s letter merely changed the last clause so the sentence read, “What is striking about Alito is that he is so hostile even to the basic rights of workers to have a day in court, not to mention interpreting the law against them.”
Brown’s letter cited details of 13 rulings by Alito, who in early 2006 will face confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The problem is, Brown’s descriptions in 12 of the cases were almost verbatim what Newman wrote on his blog.
Of course staffers will take the fall and somebody really should be fired. Not for plagiarism but for being so completely stupid as to plagiarize a blogger and assuming it would go unnoticed. Where have these people been?
But somewhere, even as I type this, someone is posting on DU that Nathan Newman is really Karl Rove’s pen name, because this is “too convenient.”