Monday, November 15, 2010

Bush, the Plagiarist

The Huffington Post reports on George Bush's memoirs "Decision Point" - it appears that whoever ghostwrote it prepared a crazy quilt of plagiarisms, including "eyewitness" reports about circumstances that Bush provably did not attend, such as the inauguration of Afghan president Karzai.
Bush "recollects" - in a more literal sense of the term - quotes by pulling his and others verbatim from other books, calling into question what he genuinely remembers from the time and casting doubt on any conclusions he draws about what his mindset was at the time.
Even if we are not awarding Bush a degree for his words, one begins to despair of ever educating people of the difference between writing and copying.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a sad state of affairs. Now every student that gets caught will say "Well, the president does it too!"