Friday, November 12, 2010

I should have seen it coming. (Bush Plagiarism Edition)

George Bush Book 'Decision Points' Lifted Passages From Advisers' Books:
Many of Bush's literary misdemeanors exemplify pedestrian sloth, but others are higher crimes against the craft of memoir. In one prime instance, Bush relates a poignant meeting between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a Tajik warlord on Karzai's Inauguration Day. It's the kind of scene that offers a glimpse of a hopeful future for the beleaguered nation. Witnessing such an exchange could color a president's outlook, could explain perhaps Bush's more optimistic outlook and give insight into his future decisions. Except Bush didn't witness it. Because he wasn't at Karzai's inauguration.
Kicking myself for not forecasting this would happen, given the inevitability. Mendacious, entitled, lazy conservative to publish memoir? It screams, "plagiarism alert!"

Lesson learned. Now just need to wait for word that (spins the big wheel of Republican hot-shot names and gets ...) John McCain is writing a memoir to make that call.

via @joshuamneff
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