Maybe Rand Paul should go back to plagiarism.
Daily Beast: Senator Rand Paul gave his first major speech in the wake of a recent plagiarism scandal Tuesday to cadets at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. But while his staff added 33 footnotes to the publicly released version of his speech about U.S. foreign policy, just because everything was correctly cited didn’t necessarily make it accurate.
The Kentucky senator’s speech included extensive citations in the wake of Paul being exposed as a serial plagiarizer by a number of outlets including Buzzfeed and MSNBC. In his defense, Paul initially dismissed these concerns as attacks from “haters.” But, after losing his column from the Washington Times, Paul acknowledged that “mistakes” were made and said he would restructure his office.
The restructuring seemed to be effective so far in that the content of Paul’s speech was entirely original. But, some of the arguments that the Kentucky senator made did not match the facts associated with his own footnotes.
If you ask me, this is actually worse than the plagiarism scandal. Paul’s using footnotes as cover to pull “facts” out of his ass and hopes no one will check. Where as plagiarism as Paul used it was basically just intellectual laziness, this is a conscious effort to mislead. It’s like if I said, “The facts show that Rand Paul had his brain replaced with a turnip after a motorcycle accident in 1995 (see Wikipedia, “Turnip”).” If you check, you’ll find plenty about turnips, but nothing about Rand Paul’s brain. What I told you was a lie and I’m just using the phony citation to make it seem extra truthy.
In his case, Rand cites articles about Egypt to claim the Obama administration sent weapons to the Egypt’s military government, something the articles themselves say nothing about. And the silence on the subject is entirely because the claim is simply not true. It never happened. Rand Paul is a liar, as unsurprising as that fact may be, whether he has a turnip for a brain or not.
Of course, the press will give him a pass on this. Pretending you wrote something that is actually true is a scandal, making up your own lies is just politics as usual.
They’re coming after your doughnuts! Did you hear they’re coming after the trans fat in your doughnuts?
I mean, just look at that photo. Actual quote from the story: “Paul admitted that he had ‘made mistakes’ and said new procedures were being put in place to make footnotes available ‘if it will make people leave me the hell alone.’”
A real levelheaded guy in a crisis. Cool under pressure. Born leader. Should totally run for president.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m enjoying this immensely.
Rand Paul’s latest speech.
Gotta love that solid Republican work ethic, huh?
Not surprisingly, it seems war is one subject that’s already filibuster reformed.
Stories to Watch: 8/15/13.
Domestic political news is at a trickle right now, presumably because Congress is in recess. I think I can squeeze enough headlines out of the day to justify a post„ though. Just don’t expect a feast.
Steve King refuses to answer when asked directly by a CNN achor, “Do you just not like Latinos?”
In further Republicans-alienating-minority-voters news, Rand Paul says there’s no “objective evidence" that the GOP War on Voting is keeping African-Americans from the polls. As usual, reality disagrees. Still, as long as were talking about evidence-based governing, there’s no evidence that voter fraud is anything other than a minor annoyance — if that. Of course, Rand’s relationship with reality is strained.
This kind of comes as a surprise to me, but NC Gov. Pat McCrory — who so far has not met a far-right bill he wouldn’t sign eagerly — has vetoed a bill that would’ve required drug testing of welfare recipients. I know it couldn’t possibly survive a court challenge, but it’s been years since any Republican has let questions of constitutionality bother them.
The paper’s former ombudsman has one bit of advice for new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos — fire conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin. Seems he thinks she’s a hack. “Her analysis of the conservative movement, which is a worthwhile and important beat that the Post should treat more seriously on its national pages, is shallow and predictable,” says Patrick B. Pexton. “Her columns, at best, are political pornography; they get a quick but sure rise out of the right, but you feel bad afterward.”
Finally, Republicans are having a bit of trouble finding a Senate candidate to run for retiring Democrat Carl Levin’s seat.
[cartoon via Cagle Post]