Thursday, June 15, 2006

Plagiarism or Sloppiness? Coulter Fails To Attribute Questionable List From Anti-Abortion Group

The website The Raw Story has apparently uncovered another example of conservative pundit Ann Coulter playing hard and fast with her "facts" about liberals.

According to a June 13 post, in the seventh chapter of Godless: The Church of Liberalism, Coulter apparently offers a list of "successful treatments achieved by adult stem cell research" without providing proper attribution.

Fiifteen of Coulter's examples are nearly identical to a list of seventeen compiled by the Illinois Right To Life on its website, which has been available since at least September of 2003.

(It should be noted that the anti-abortion website itself doesn't provide attribution for the examples. Coulter apparently doesn't let that get in the way of her argument.)

Who does Coulter credit for the list? In an endnote, she cites conservative author Michael Fumento, providing a link to a page on his website. While one of the 16 items Coulter lists in Godless does appear to come from Fumento, "A Raw Story examination of the numerous articles by Fumento linked at the address provided by Coulter found no comparable list. Articles by Fumento that did contain lists of adult stem cell "breakthroughs" (2001 article, 2004 article) employed far different language."

So at best, this is another example of Coulter being sloppy. At worst, it's plagiarism, which is defined as "a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work."


Of course, the conservative media isn't interested in such things. For example, Lisa De Pasquale of the conservative website Human Events Online lauded Coulter for the lifted list.

"Coulter puts together an impressive list of successful achievements using adult stem cells," De Pasquale wrote.


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Blogger Matthew Saroff said...

Ummmm...Coulter has been Plagiarizing since her first book. There is an old Boston Globe article, 'High Crimes' and misuse? By Alex Beam, Globe Staff, 10/18/2001 showing this.

4:36 PM  

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