Tag Archives: plagiarism

  Birthers: The Next Generation

New Wingnut Theory (Or ‘Satire’?): Michelle Obama Never Birthed No Babies

Since this photo doesn't exist, maybe YOU DON'T EITHER! Whoa, we are all Philip K Dick today!
From the ugly world of Facebook, we received a recommendation to check out this story: “Evidence Emerges That Michelle Obama Never Birthed Malia And Sasha,” at something called “The U.S. Patriot,” whose “About” page assures us that they are “home to the best Conservative news on the internet.” Let’s see what this important story has to say! Read more on New Wingnut Theory (Or ‘Satire’?): Michelle Obama Never Birthed No Babies…
  Here have some news n stuff

Chelsea Clinton Had A Baby, Whereabouts During Benghazi Unknown

Ha. Ha. Ha.
Unto the child of Billary, a child was born. And the New York Post was ON IT, as only the Post can be: Bill and Hillary Clinton welcomed a brand new Democrat into the fold on Saturday — by sharing the first pictures of their only grandchild. Read more on Chelsea Clinton Had A Baby, Whereabouts During Benghazi Unknown…
  Your morning cup of wut?

Good News, Ladies, Your Bra Won’t Give You Cancer And Other News You Can Maybe Use

Will not cause cancer probably
Good news, bad news, old news, new news — Yr Wonkette has it all, for all your news needs. In case you were worried that your over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder was doing cancer to your lady lumps, breathe a sigh of relief because apparently, that’s not true after all: Read more on Good News, Ladies, Your Bra Won’t Give You Cancer And Other News You Can Maybe Use…
  We just invented a new word and it is plagiarism

National Review Burnishes ‘Serious Journalism’ Rep By Hiring Disgraced Plagiarist Benny Johnson

A Doktor Zoom original
If you were concerned that hack plagiarist Benny Johnson, Buzzfeed’s former viral politics editor and laughing stock of the internet — which he loves :) — would disappear into oblivion and fade from our memories, pinch your collective selves and quit your daydreaming because it turns out that there is still one cockroach-infested corner of the internet that thinks Benny would make a fine addition to its staff, and it is National Review! Read more on National Review Burnishes ‘Serious Journalism’ Rep By Hiring Disgraced Plagiarist Benny Johnson…
  You Know How To Blow A Whistle Don't You?

Vice-Owned Fashion Mag Honors Lauren Bacall With Balls-Out Plagiarism

Sultry, or glaring at a plagiarist? (Image from Getty)
#79837838 / gettyimages.com Film icon Lauren Bacall died yesterday, and New York Magazine ran a sweet tribute and photo slideshow this morning with the headline “Lauren Bacall Could Teach You a Thing or 2 About Style.” And then a couple hours later, the online version of i-D Magazine, owned and published by Vice, ran a sweet one-paragraph tribute to Bacall (Google Cache link) of its own, titled “Lauren Bacall Could Teach You A Thing Or Two About Style,” which you have to admit sounds a lot classier without that numeral. Read more on Vice-Owned Fashion Mag Honors Lauren Bacall With Balls-Out Plagiarism…
  I Am Mad About A Thing

Republican Hack And Plagiarist ‘Buzzfeed Benny’ Still Has Job, Because Buzzfeed

Are you the kind of person who is just too busy to read actual articles with actual words because you’re obsessively clicking boxes to find out your level of expertise in pooping, whether you are hungover, or which character from a bad ’80s sitcom you would be if you were a character from a bad ’80s sitcom, which you are not, but hey, this is IMPORTANT, which is why you only have time to “read” the news as explained through Toy Story GIFS? Congratulations, you are the reason Buzzfeed exists and is basically taking over the entire internet, and yes, you are terrible, you are what is wrong with everything, and no, your friends on Facebook really don’t give an expert poop that you’re “a bit of a square,” just like Danny Tanner from “Full House”! That’s okay, though. We all have our guilty pleasures. And there is nothing immoral about enjoying that kind of infotainment, even when that infotainment is so offensively disgustingly embarrassingly bad — like this piece of fawning garbage by Viral Politics Editor Benny Johnson about how terrific George Dubya is at thanking soldiers when he’s not laughing about how he sent them off to die for no reason at all. You know what is not okay and is immoral? Stealing those half-assed captions you, Benny Johnson, call “writing” from other people who are not you and pretending they are your own. In the old-school get-off-my-lawn world where we use our words, we call that PLAGIARISM. Read more on Republican Hack And Plagiarist ‘Buzzfeed Benny’ Still Has Job, Because Buzzfeed…
  clipbait

Stephen Colbert Is Ready To De-Poutinize Canadian Anchor Baby Ted Cruz (Video)

Stephen Colbert is very happy that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Alberta) has finally renounced his Canadian citizenship, but has serious doots aboot whether Cruz has actually managed to truly shed all the vestiges of his Canadianness. And so he generously offers to complete the Senator’s de-programming, to help him finally be a true American and stop tearing up whenever he hears Anne Murray. Step one: Punch a moose. And pay for your own healthcare. Read more on Stephen Colbert Is Ready To De-Poutinize Canadian Anchor Baby Ted Cruz (Video)…
  only suckers believe what they read online

In ‘Satire’ Three-Fer, ‘Bill Murray Foiling Japanese Bank Robbery’ Racist, Unfunny, And Plagiarized

Those hilariously non-funny satirists at the National Report have done it again, with a fake news story about Bill Murray accidentally helping to capture a bank robber in Tokyo. The story seemed just plausible enough that it was picked up by Express UK, the website for the British tabloid. Nothing too surprising about that, really; fake-news pollution is just part of the media landscape now. But it was enough to inspire a longish “think before you tweet” post at Mediaite, with handy tips like “you don’t share stories about [amazing news] when you come across them without doing your due diligence as a media consumer” and “spend 5 seconds Googling the story” before you help it go viral. These are excellent pointers for people media-savvy enough to already be reading Mediaite. But if Bill Murray did not stop a bank robbery in Japan, why are any of us even here? Read more on In ‘Satire’ Three-Fer, ‘Bill Murray Foiling Japanese Bank Robbery’ Racist, Unfunny, And Plagiarized…
  intellectual property and school lunches are theft

Somebody Is Stealing Children To Put In Paul Ryan Speeches!

Just minutes ago, we learned about wise children leading us to an understanding that … liberals do not love their children, and love comes in brown paper bags we guess? Like 40s of Colt? Paul Ryan used the story of a sad boy who didn’t want government cheese sandwich lunch, but instead wanted a paper bag lunch, like the kind prepared by people who don’t hate their children and want them to die. Ryan was careful to cite the source of his story as some (undoubtedly racist) woman who works for Scott Walker. (Scott Walker’s office just can’t stop racisming!) And it had a homily about please don’t eat the government cheese. But would you believe that story was STOLEN? It is true. And the moral of the story was about how free lunches are awesome? Let’s sexplore! Read more on Somebody Is Stealing Children To Put In Paul Ryan Speeches!…
  neither good nor original

Allen West’s ‘EPA Is Doing Gun Control’ Column Isn’t Just Loony, Tin-Foil-Hatty, It’s Also Very Plagiarized

There’s just no end of wingnutty goodness in Allen West’s weekend column claiming that the Obama administration is out to Kill Freedom (again) by “forcing” the closure of the only lead smelting plant in the U.S. in 2010. There’s the beautiful opening: I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I often believe progressives plant stories in order to distract and disrupt, enabling them to pursue their true goals and objectives … However, as a former combat commander, I have been trained to look for trends. And I believe we’ve found a very disturbing one. Ooh, does it involve torturing prisoners? That’s a scary trend. No, it seems that the trend is that “back door gun control is in full effect in the United States,” courtesy of the EPA, which forced that smelter in Missouri to close by tightening restrictions on the amount of lead residue the plant could emit. The company chose to close the smelter rather than install new pollution control equipment. And since lead is needed to manufacture Freedom Bullets, it’s pretty obvious that the closure has nothing to do with environmental protection, and everything to do with killing the Second Amendment, so that “all ammo has to be purchased from the government instituting an ammo registration,” says West, because that is a very non-tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory. Oh, and then there’s this, too: large chunks of West’s editorial are lifted from an October 29 column by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton* published at NoisyRoom.net and crossposted at Right Wing News. If the example of Rand Paul is any model, this is probably a cue for bloggers to start firing up the Google machine to search phrases from Mr. West’s other “writings.” No problem, though — just as it offered Rand Paul a home, Dead Breitbart’s Frothing Wingnut Shelter also reprinted West’s column. That isn’t entirely by him. Read more on Allen West’s ‘EPA Is Doing Gun Control’ Column Isn’t Just Loony, Tin-Foil-Hatty, It’s Also Very Plagiarized…
  the re-love-ution will not be televised

Ron Paul Says He Wants A Revolution, Rand Paul Takes Money From People With Minds That Hate

Hey, kids, here’s a big surprise! Ron Paul thinks it’s high time for patriots to stop letting the federal government push them around, what with its “laws” and “healthcare mandate” and all that. What’s more, he thinks that there’s really no longer any reason to wait to start watering the ol’ Tree of Liberty with the blood of tyrants. Speaking in the former capitol of the Confederacy Monday in support of another Lost Cause, Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign for governor of Virginia, Paul said “We need someone to stand up to the authoritarians … They’re dictators.” …He stressed that the constitutional “right to keep and bear arms” was not for hunting, but to allow rebellion against tyrannical governments. “The Second Amendment was not there so you could shoot rabbits,” he said. “Right now today, we have a great threat to our liberties internally.” This talk of the need for revolution is certainly not unfamiliar to gun-fondlers, but as far as we can tell, this is the most direct call that Ron Paul has made for actually shooting people. Right now, today. Well, sure. why not? What could possibly go wrong? Read more on Ron Paul Says He Wants A Revolution, Rand Paul Takes Money From People With Minds That Hate…
  he's not just the president he's also a member!

Perfesser Journalism Rand Paul Will Start His Own Journalism Licensing School, Of Which He Will Be President And Sole Member

Perfesser Journalism Rand Paul has some thoughts on journalism, and whether you are good at it. (Spoiler: you are very very bad at journalism! So bad! Somebody needs a spanking! Unlike Rand Paul, who is undoubtedly forming a Journalism Licensing Board for himself to be the president and sole member of right this very minute.) Here is Rand Paul, for real, following Maddow’s and then Buzzfeed’s teeny tiny exposes that Rand Paul copies every word he ever says, including the words “Rand” and “Paul.” Well Rand Paul is not standing for you hacks and haters smearing him and whatnot with the journalism for which he, Rand Paul Journalism Professor of the Rand Paul School of Journalism Professoring, would give you an “F.” “I’m being criticized for not having proper attribution, and yet they are able to write stuff that if I were their journalism teacher in college, I would fail them,” he said. Oh, Rand. Read more on Perfesser Journalism Rand Paul Will Start His Own Journalism Licensing School, Of Which He Will Be President And Sole Member…
  so much for winning the jayson blair prize

In Outbreak Of Editorial Judgment, Washington Times Drops Rand Paul’s Column Because He Can’t Stop Copying

The Washington Times, a scabrous rag, actually wrote something we agree with – a farewell note to Senator Rand Paul, whose column for the paper will be ended following multiple accusations of plagiarism, including a recent column for that paper. In a paragraph that we hope elicited hearty laughter all around the newsroom, the Times noted that Mr. Paul took personal responsibility for the oversights, which he and aides said were caused by staff providing him background materials that were not properly footnoted. Ah, yes, the old “I take personal responsibility for my underlings’ sloppy work” ploy. You stay classy, Rand. (Protip: No citation needed for obvious allusions.) Read more on In Outbreak Of Editorial Judgment, Washington Times Drops Rand Paul’s Column Because He Can’t Stop Copying…
  we've heard this song before

Rand Paul Denies Plagiarism: ‘I Am Not A Crook’

At first Yr Wonkette was going to leave this whole “Rand Paul plagiarism” thing reasonably alone, at least when it was just his speechwriters cribbing movie summaries from Wikipedia. It’s the sort of dumb frat-boy-writing-a-research-paper kind of idiocy that probably goes on all the time, albeit less clumsily. Good for a one-off post on a slow day, but frankly we thought frequent Wonkette-weird-sex-dream beneficiary Rachel Maddow was going a little overboard. But then there was his weird explanation, where he seemed not even to understand what la Maddow was accusing him of: “I didn’t claim that I created the movie Gattaca,” he said, never addressing the word-for-word borrowing of Wikipedia summaries of that movie and Stand and Deliver. But still, it struck us as merely bush-league derp. But then things started getting RIDICULOSE. For one thing, we’re pretty darn sure that his father was never a Welsh coal miner. Read more on Rand Paul Denies Plagiarism: ‘I Am Not A Crook’…
  american taliban

Creationist & Serial Plagiarist Chuck Norris Shares Insights On ‘A Proper Education’

Remember how last week we all got a little teary-eyed at the courage of Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head last fall by extremists who don’t want Pakistani girls to go to school, and who addressed the United Nations last week and talked about the importance of education, and its power to defeat extremism? Pretty inspiring, huh? Well, as they say, you know who else found Malala inspiring? Chuck Norris. Action movie star, creationist, and content producer for the internet’s largest repository of idiot conspiracy theories, WND. Chuck Norris admires Malala for her stand for education. To her credit, Malala Yousafzai didn’t even cringe at the thought. Read more on Creationist & Serial Plagiarist Chuck Norris Shares Insights On ‘A Proper Education’…
  funny people

Barack Obama Now Committing Crimes Of Plagiarism Against Himself And Your Wonkette

Oh noez, Barack Obama is committing crimes against literature and comedy and blogging, apparently, because he is self-plagiarizing! Let’s see, yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah: When he began working the room and talking to patrons, he came across a table of 10, where he was told that Andre Wupperman, who will turn seven next week, was born in Hawaii, reports Politico. That was his cue. Obama smiled, and flashed the shaka sign, and then asked, “You were born in Hawaii? You have a birth certificate?” Hmmm, where have we heard that joke before? Read more on Barack Obama Now Committing Crimes Of Plagiarism Against Himself And Your Wonkette…
  Alignment: Chaotic Evil

Rush Limbaugh Newsletter Hops Aboard Nerd Art Plagiarism Bandwagon

Hey, so what’s the deal with right-wingers, huh? They’re always going on about how sacred PRIVATE PROPERTY is, how it’s all IMMORAL for anyone to benefit from SOMEBODY ELSE’S “hard work,” am I right? And then you hear about something like THIS genius who goes and RIPS OFF an image from a VIDEO GAME so he can turn it into a picture of Dead Andrew Breitbart as an avenging angel! I guess these guys don’t mind a little REDISTRIBUTION as long as THEY’RE the one’s doin’ it and not the GOVERNMENT, know what I mean? So, yes, it turns out: they didn’t build that. SciFi and Fantasy blog i09 advises us that the cover of a recent Limbaugh newsletter bears the image at the above left, depicting Rush Limbaugh as a glaive-wielding homunculus fighting a ravening Hell-Spawned Obamanation. The image was credited to artist Christopher Hiers, but a sharp-eyed reader recognized the picture as the “Nightmare Beast” from the 2002 Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Monster Manual II. The actual artist turns out to be Wayne Reynolds, who makes pictures the old-fashioned way, by “drawing them.” Read more on Rush Limbaugh Newsletter Hops Aboard Nerd Art Plagiarism Bandwagon…
  sexy bathroom pranks

Fox News ‘Magazine': Your Relationship Needs Plagiarized Children’s Articles That Will Make Your Husband Beat You

We have a sad. The kids at Fark noticed that the guys at Cracked noticed that there is some dumb floozy who is the new Fox News Magazine’s “style and beauty editor,” and not only is she a dumb floozy who thinks playing “pranks” on your husband will spice up your relationship (pranks like making him think you set up a webcam to watch him take a dump? SAD FACE), but also she plagiarized the whole thing from some children’s website. Why are we sad? Because this dumb floozy has a journalism job, while so many of you are forced to slave in the Wonkville story mines, where we charge you for AIR! Read more on Fox News ‘Magazine': Your Relationship Needs Plagiarized Children’s Articles That Will Make Your Husband Beat You…
  The Treachery of Images

Breitbarterdammerung: The Final Reckoning

Communications theorist Howard Rheingold coined the term “smart mobs” to describe the potential for technology to bring people together in empowering, creative ways to do good in the world. Consider if you will the Twitter Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, for instance. Or, closer to home, the Great Justice that resulted when a bunch of nerds noticed that a tacky artistic tribute to dead poopyhead Andrew Breitbart was mostly filched from a promotional image of a downloadable character for the 2010 video game Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Read more on Breitbarterdammerung: The Final Reckoning…
  wonkette investigates

Hideous $3999.95 Painting of Andrew Breitbart Actually Swiped from Video Game

Welcome to a very special guest post by long-time Wonkette reader “Doktor Zoom.” Enjoy! So, you know that painting by David Bugnon of Dead Guy Andrew Breitbart as a Teutonic Knight in Heaven, ready to take on commies, liberal scumbags, and innocent Department of Agriculture employees from beyond the grave? You know, the painting that one actual professional art critic called a “masterpiece of Outsider art, a veritable holocaust-tsunami of bad taste?” The painting that Patriot Depot is selling reproductions of for the bargain price of a mere $3999.95 for a limited-edition 36″ x 48″ giclee on canvas? The painting which The Patriot Update bravely calls, “The Painting Obama Fears?” Yeah, it’s not so much a painting as a Photoshop mashup of a stock photo of Andrew Breitbart and a character from the copyrighted computer game Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, with a pretty sunset-and-clouds background that probably also came from some stock photo website — no doubt somebody will find that soon, too. (NOW WITH UPDATE BELOW!) Read more on Hideous $3999.95 Painting of Andrew Breitbart Actually Swiped from Video Game…
  sorry fawn doesn't figure into this one

Ollie North Is A Plagiarist In Addition To The Other Kinds Of Scumbag He Is

Beloved I Love The ’80s star Oliver North benefits from America’s notorious generosity towards convicted felons, having found himself a profitable niche giving lectures and appearing on Fox News and writing weepy syndicated columns about military heroism, despite that one time when he sort of kinda sold weapons to America’s enemies and funneled the profits to guerrilla thugs. But has finally gone too far this time and committed the ultimate sin in polite society — plagiarism? Is this the end of Oliver North? Ha ha, no, don’t worry, he’s found a convenient Medal of Honor winner to blame this one on. Read more on Ollie North Is A Plagiarist In Addition To The Other Kinds Of Scumbag He Is…