Biden Plagiarism Is Repeating History
Biden Plagiarism Is Repeating History
When Joe Biden ran for president in the previous century, his campaign hit a pretty large speedbump over plagiarism charges.
Yes, during Biden’s run for the Democrat nomination in 1988, over 30 years ago, he was caught copying other people’s work.
During his failed 1988 run, Biden lifted portions of a speech by United Kingdom Labour MP and Margaret Thatcher challenger Neil Kinnock.”
New York Times reporter Maureen Dowd reported on the fiasco in September 1987.”
During an event at the Iowa State Fair, Biden mimicked entire portions of Kinnock’s speech from earlier in the year. At one moment, Biden repeated the line that he was the first “in a thousand generations” to graduate from college, gesturing to his wife in the exact same way Kinnock did, while also saying the same line about her education and lineage.”
Biden would later acknowledge that he in fact did have relatives who attended college, directly contrasting the Kinnock lines.”
As Dowd reported, Biden’s staffers were defensive about the allegations of blatant plagiarism. Nevertheless, Biden dropped out of the race by the end of the month.”
According to another 1987 article in The Times, Biden acknowledged plagiarizing a law review journal for a paper during law school, and asked school administrators not to be expelled. But Biden also said he made a mistake in the citation process.”
“My intent was not to deceive anyone,” Biden wrote at the time. ”For if it were, I would not have been so blatant.”
Well, the century is different, but ol’ Joe is just the same. Or, at least, he has people working in his campaign who don’t have any problem plagiarizing other people’s work.
First, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the Biden campaign looked like it was lifting his “climate platform” straight off of different non-profit websites.
The similarity in language was first spotted online by Josh Nelson, the vice president of progressive and environmentalist cell phone company CREDO Mobile. “The paragraph in Joe Biden’s climate plan about carbon capture and sequestration includes language that is remarkably similar to items published previously by the Blue Green Alliance and the Carbon Capture Coalition,” he tweeted Tuesday morning.”
Nelson cited two example of apparently copied language. “Biden’s goal is to make CCUS a widely available, cost-effective, and rapidly scalable solution to reduce carbon emissions to meet mid-century climate goals,” reads the Biden website.”
Meanwhile, the website for the Carbon Capture Coalition states, “[our] goal is to make carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) a widely available, cost-effective, and rapidly scalable solution to reduce carbon emissions to meet mid-century climate goals.”
Biden’s website also claims that, “carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) is a rapidly growing technology that has the potential to create economic benefits for multiple industries while significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions.”
That, Nelson notes, mirrors the language of a 2017 letter to the Senate from the Blue Green Alliance: “Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is a rapidly growing technology that has potential to create economic benefits for multiple industries while significantly reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.”
The Biden campaign’s excuse? Oops, the staff forgot to provide attribution!
The @JoeBiden campaign told INSIDER, "Several citations were inadvertently left out of the final version of the 22-page document. As soon as we were made aware of it, we updated to include the proper citations." https://t.co/887zZluPjv
— Zahra Hirji (@Zhirji28) June 4, 2019
When even CNN can’t excuse your stupidity…
Well, a Politico writer tried covering for Biden.
We're supposed to be mad at Biden because he copied a few lines of his climate plan from environmental groups? That's not "plagiarism." That's "agreeing." "https://t.co/E2lR2oOuFB
— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) June 4, 2019
Don’t try that excuse at school, kids. Ever. It won’t work.
You have another excuse for this one, Michael Grunwald?
Joe Biden's campaign also used identical language from an education policy publication for its education plan. After The Washington Post contacted the campaign about the sentence, it added a link to the institute’s publication.https://t.co/ni9tzYPD5X pic.twitter.com/AFsRcffxeE
— Matt Viser (@mviser) June 5, 2019
In the case of his education policy, Biden used a sentence word for word from an education policy publication from the group XQ Institute.
“Students who participate in high-quality career and technical education are more likely to graduate, earn industry credentials, enroll in college, and have higher rates of employment and higher earnings,” the sentence read.
The institute did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and the Biden campaign declined a request for comment on the education policy passage. After The Washington Post contacted the campaign about the sentence, it added a link to the institute’s publication.
Biden staffers KNOW that plagiarism has kneecapped their boss in the past. How on earth were they so stupid as to do this, knowing that the internet makes it virtually impossible to pull this kind of plagiarism off? Are they all incompetent fools? Is this coming from the top down?
"None of these assholes were alive in 1988 and 25 year old journos won't care. Just rip that shit."
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 4, 2019
No, Biden is not writing the website pages and hitting copy and paste himself, but this is just sheer stupidity. Biden still has a lead in the polls, but if you look, it’s beginning to gradually get smaller. And moments like this are definitely not going to keep him ahead of Bernie Sanders.
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