Thursday, February 24, 2005

Borger Steals GOP Talking Point In Latest Column

U.S. News & World Report columnist Gloria Borger did a journalistic no-no.

In her latest column, the right-leaning pundit and one-time CNBC host copied a GOP talking point and claimed it as her own.

Writing about the Democrats, the empty-headed writer came up with this:

BORGER: If the party is looking for a new spokesman, there is a better choice — David Spade (with apologies to his Capital One ad): Social Security reform? No. Clear some judges? No way, Jose. Find some agreement on national security? Nyet.

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Was Borger being witty? Nyet. But more important, was Borger being original? No.

As pointed out Feb. 23 by dailyhowler.com -- I won't follow Borger's example and plagiarize -- Borger stole her idea from a video played at the House GOP conference on Feb. 16.

CNN aired a clip from the video that day on Inside Politics.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Republicans are firing back at their Democratic critics, meantime, in a new video spoof. It plays off a popular commercial featuring actor David Spade to portray the Democrats as saying "no" to everything.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (videotape): Will the Democrats help strengthen Social Security?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How about pay as you no.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What about health care?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You think I care? That would be an HM—no.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What about working to improve the security of our borders?

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So the question is, will Borger be punished for her pilfering?

In all likelihood, the answer is "no."

2 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

I'm dubious on this one, David. I don't think its plagiarism if the original source specifically wants people to repeat and promote the text.

However it clearly is a sign that Borger is a lying shill and should lose any remaining mantle of being a real journalist.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She put on a similar performance on Washington Week-
http://gotv.blogspot.com/2005/03/bamboozlepalooza-washington-week.html

Alice Marshall
GOTV

12:53 PM  

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