Monday, July 31, 2006

Plagiarism Is Spreading

Plagiarism Is Spreading

May 10th, 2006 says: Here's an interesting article involving politics and plagiarism.

Plagiarism Is Spreading

Calls Forty Similar Passages ‘An Honest Mistake’

Sen. Joseph Biden’s road to the White House became a little bumpier today as the Delaware Democrat admitted copying significant chunks of his standard stump speech from the young adult novel, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan.Mr. Biden made the admission after several prominent bloggers noted the similarities between over forty passages of Mr. Biden’s speech and the book by Ms. Viswanathan, who herself has been accused of plagiarizing from no fewer than three other novels.At a campaign stop in
New Hampshire today, Sen. Biden acknowledged that his stump speech was “influenced” by Ms. Viswanathan’s book but called the similarities between passages “an honest mistake.”“One of the books that I have been reading while on the campaign trail is How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life,” Mr. Biden said. “I guess that in my mind I got confused about what sections of my speech were written by me and which were written by Kaavya Viswanathan – or whoever actually wrote them.”Source:

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