VIDEO: Rand Paul's Wiki-plagiarism scandal "is getting worse by the day." And it just did.

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UPDATE: Looks like things just got more serious for the Serial Plagiarist:

It looks like Sen. Rand Paul does indeed have a plagiarism problem:

An entire section of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s 2013 book Government Bullies was copied wholesale from a 2003 case study by the Heritage Foundation, BuzzFeed has learned. The copied section, 1,318 words, is by far the most significant instance reported so far of Paul borrowing language from other published material. […]In this case, Paul included a link to the Heritage case study in the book’s footnotes, though he made no effort to indicate that not just the source, but the words themselves, had been taken from Heritage.

And if anyone dares to accuse him, he'd challenge them to a duel! Follow the link.

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Rachel Maddow exposed Rand Paul's plagiarism of-- tadaa!-- Wikipedia of all things. This is Part 2 of what is now a multi-part story.

How hard could it have been for Paul to simply say, "According to Wikipedia..."? That's all it would have taken. So simple that even a tea partier could do it.

This man-- the same man who is not a fan of the Civil Rights Act-- wants to be president of the United States.

Rachel Maddow:

He's reading off a teleprompter! This is a prepared speech!

When you are running for president, a plagiarism scandal is not something that you want on your resume, especially not one as embarrassing as plagiarizing from Wikipedia, repeatedly.

But that is what Rand Paul has on his hands now, and in the face of this mounting evidence now that this wasn't an isolated incident, this is a repeat thing, Senator Paul is not talking...

He may not want to answer for it, but he's going to have to. This is getting worse by the day.

UPDATE: As Rachel just tweeted, "Rand Paul plagiarism story gets weirder":

 

The rest of it is making a mountain out of a molehill from people who basically are political enemies and have an axe to grind.

It's a disagreement on how you footnote things.

I didn't claim I created the movie Gattaca.

This is really about information and attacks coming from haters. [Rachel Maddow] has been spreading hate on me for about 3 years now... I don't see her as an objective news source.

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  • jeff725

    That's the Republican Party for you: win if you can, lose if you must, but ALWAYS cheat.

  • Sally

    Yes, and he can ask her how to vote in two states too, which she did not that long ago...once by absentee, and then in person somewhere else. And how do we know the Romneys aren't registered in more than one place too?

  • bvocal

    WEll, I don't see rand paul as an objective fact source.

  • loretta

    It's one thing to use wiki as a source.....quite another to be so lazy as to quote it verbatim.

  • Kevin Schmidt

    How dare she spread the hateful truth?!

  • Kevin Schmidt

    Plagiarism in politics? Please! I wish that was the worst thing politicians did in office! Plagiarism is done all the time in politics. I remember Howard Dean made posters and bumper stickers that said, "I want my country back". How many politicians used that same line in their campaigns before and after Dean used it?

    It's also done in religion. The Holy Bible is plagiarized from older mythology, including the birth of Jesus himself.

    What is important here is not to listen to what they say, but instead, watch what they do. Watch how they vote in Congress, and watch what they do in the White House. All politicians make promised to their constituents. But how many actually keep those promises once they get elected to Congress? The answer is very few, and that includes Democratic representatives as well.

  • jeff725

    If Rand Paul doesn't know what plagiarism is, he can always ask Ann Coulter. :)

  • RepublicanSwine

    Rand Paul is your typical cult leader / grifter ... Doesn't care .... Lazy & Unethical.

  • Sally

    Oh, does he mean sh asked him how he would vote on the Civil Rights Act, repeatedly, and he finally admitted that he would have not voted for it, making him a tool of the KKK? That attack on him? Poor Rand. Caught lying again, and it's still Rachel's fault.

  • http://pickwaynesbrain.wordpress.com Wayne A. Schneider

    Rachel Maddow hasn't been "spreading hate" on Rand Paul, she's been telling the truth about him. If he thinks that's spreading hate, then he must be a hateful person.

  • Julia Holcomb

    He doesn't know what plagiarism is. He did not credit Wikipedia. That's plagiarism. He just doesn't know any better. He should, of course.