November 5, 2013

Rand Paul takes action on plagiarism.

"What we are going to do from here forward, if it will make people leave me the hell alone, is we’re going to do them like college papers... We’re going to try to put out footnotes. We’re going to have them available. If people want to request the footnoted version, we’re going to have it available.”

13 comments:

Lem said...

Footnotes will no longer go incognito.

Lem said...

And the tea party footnote position is born.

You cant say you missed it.

Craig Howard said...

I suspect this will be but a footnote to the 2016 elections.

mccullough said...

He sounds defensive. If this is how he handles minor stuff he's no match for Hillary. It's good to find this out now.

rhhardin said...

Or you could tear up the speech.

David said...

They should all footnote all their stuff.

Let's pass a law to make them do it.

Tom said...

I'm glad he instituted quality controls. I'd rather he not explained how it happened, but just explain that he screwed up, he knows this hurts peoples trust in him and that unacceptable, he's sorry, and it won't happen again. Very easy to say.

He's one of the most refreshing politicians of our time. But he won't make a dent if he allows stupid mistakes - similar to his father - to taint his reputation. He's got to be above that crap or he's just a blowhard.

Inga said...

He's done.

William said...

This is taken almost word for word from Doris Kearns Goodwin's apology.....Not really, but it would be so cool if he did. Rand could be the first post modern, ironic plagiarist.

Gabriel Hanna said...

We all know the rules aren't fairly enforced, but nothing will happen if he doesn't abide by them.

At least we will have one politician who footnotes everything.

EMD said...

He's done.

You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore, either.

SOJO said...

It doesn't even matter any more. He should ride it out.

The teachers and professors at even decent institutions now mostly plagiarize/ cut and paste. Never mind the students. It's crazy.

I had to take some classes a few years ago. It's so different. The prof buys a real professor's powerpoint slides, then cuts and pastes a lecture together. The "professor" taps out prefab responses on her cell phone. They dump a bunch of links on the students (that they haven't read) and call that teaching.

I felt so old. I gravitated towards the older professors who did it the "old way".... you know, had some experience and actually responded to you from their base of knowledge in section and put together their own lectures.

But no one else cared, honestly. And they won't care about this.

Gabriel Hanna said...

@SOJO:The teachers and professors at even decent institutions now mostly plagiarize/ cut and paste.

I have never seen this. I have no doubt that you saw what you say you saw, but to say that "most" are now doing this is in my experience completely false.

Unless you attended a majority of colleges and took the majority of the courses offered at all of them you have no factual basis for the claim that "most" are doing it.