‘Real Reporter’ Juan Williams Busted for Plagiarism

Posted by on Mar 08, 2013 at 2:00 pm

It’s one thing to be exposed as a plagiarist, but to make matters far worse, he was caught ripping off copy from the far left “think tank” Center for American Progress.

Geez, talk about intellectual laziness.

In a case of apparent plagiarism, Fox News pundit Juan Williams lifted — sometimes word for word — from a Center for American Progress report, without ever attributing the information, for a column he wrote last month for the Hill newspaper.

Almost two weeks after publication, the column was quietly revised online, with many of the sections rewritten or put in quotation marks, and this time citing the CAP report. It also included an editor’s note that read: “This column was revised on March 2, 2013, to include previously-omitted attribution to the Center for American Progress.”

But that editor’s note mentions only the attribution problem, and not the nearly identical wording that was also fixed.

In a phone interview Thursday evening, Williams pinned the blame on a researcher who he described as a “young man.”

“I was writing a column about the immigration debate and had my researcher look around to see what data existed to pump up this argument and he sent back what I thought were his words and summaries of the data,” Williams told Salon. “I had never seen the CAP report myself, so I didn’t know that the young man had in fact not summarized the data but had taken some of the language from the CAP report.”

Under the bus goes the young researcher. Slick move, Juan.

Nice of them to note he’s a Fox News pundit before mentioning the purloined material appeared at The Hill. He may draw a paycheck from Fox, but that doesn’t give the Obama lapdog any credibility, especially after this episode from last year:

 

 

20 Responses to “‘Real Reporter’ Juan Williams Busted for Plagiarism”

  1. apetra on 8/08/13 at 2:34 pm

    Take responsibility, then offer your employer your resignation. Detail steps you will take to make amends should your employer refuse to accept it.

  2. Sarge on 8/08/13 at 2:51 pm

    Exactly why is plagiarizing the words of a “young researcher” (which Williams has here admitted to) to be considered any less of a violation of journalistic ethics than plagiarizing a CAP report?

    How much of Williams’ “writing” is actually his own work, and how much is he just copying from his interns?

  3. Mahon on 8/08/13 at 2:58 pm

    The “words of a young researcher” are work done for hire and belong to the employer (absent contractual provisions to the contrary.) It’s no different than the President having a speechwriter.

  4. Andy Freeman on 8/08/13 at 3:36 pm

    > The “words of a young researcher” are work done for hire and belong to the employer (absent contractual provisions to the contrary.)

    Ownership isn’t the issue. Williams claimed to be the author.

    No one expects presidents to write their speeches. Williams claims to be an author, so it’s fair to expect him to only take credit for what he actually writes.

  5. theBuckWheat on 8/08/13 at 4:11 pm

    This implies that what Williams normally writes sounds is so ideologically in harmony with the propaganda churned out by CAP that it didn’t trigger any alarms.

  6. bad actor on 8/08/13 at 4:13 pm

    This should be a slam-dunk and the last chance for the fraud that is Juan Williams. Good-bye Juan.

  7. Blue Hen on 8/08/13 at 4:16 pm

    Getting busted for stealing from a leftist propaganda mill is like being caught stealing from a public toilet.

  8. paul warhola on 8/08/13 at 5:16 pm

    Juan was fired from NPR for his racist comments. Now he admits to using other writer’s work without attribution. He is obviously not a good person. Will Fox keep him just because of skin color?

  9. Mkelley on 8/08/13 at 6:05 pm

    Juan was fired from NPR for making politically incorrect statements. That doesn’t make him racist. It doesn’t even make him wrong.

  10. factoid on 8/08/13 at 7:22 pm

    Juan also thinks people are now getting “free” screenings under Obamacare. There is no free lunch, Juan, there is merely no co-pay, and the so called free screenings are paid for upfront with increased health insurance premiums for everyone.

  11. Brian G. on 8/08/13 at 7:25 pm

    What a shock the minority reporter is ripped while white writer like Doris Kearns Goodwin can make an empty apology and go back to being lauded and fetted everywhere. This is so typical of the Republicans, who are out to destroy the lives of as many women, children, minorities, and gays as they can. Mr. Williams made an honest mistake and he deserves an apology for this high-tech lynching he is receiving from racist right wing Jesus freaks.

  12. Blue Hen on 8/08/13 at 9:30 pm

    “re out to destroy the lives of as many women, children, minorities, and gays as they can”

    I did not know that Juan Williams was a gay, female child. My eyes have been opened.

    P.S. your dear leader ignored a dead or alive bounty put out by his friends the new (and improved!) Black Panthers. Some lynch mobs are more equal than others.

    The anti-christian bigotry was a nice touch asshole.

  13. Bill on 9/09/13 at 12:43 am

    I am not a real journalist, but what he is saying is he copied his researcher’s work word for word. Is that ok?

  14. Renoir on 11/11/13 at 12:05 am

    Come on, people, r-tune your antennas. If Brian@12 is not employing satire, I will buy all of you a steak dinner.

  15. Blue Hen on 11/11/13 at 10:20 am

    Renoir on 11/11/13 at 12:05 am
    Come on, people, r-tune your antennas. If Brian@12 is not employing satire, I will buy all of you a steak dinner

    Hmmmmm. You could be right. We run into this sometimes at AoSHQ; sarcasm or stupidity? It’s a challenge sometimes. It’s easier to spot when a regular does it, or an obvious ‘sock’ name is used. My personal favorite (not my creation) is Mary Cloggenstein of Brattleboro VT. That there is a sock that spews leftist drool that is comedy gold.

    What say you Brian G? Was that sarcasm or stupidity? If it’s the former, then I say, well played.