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Monday, February 15, 2010

Republican Legislator Matt Wingard Plagiarizes Entire Global Warming Speech

Posted by Matt Davis on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:47 AM

MATT WINGARD AND HAMBURGLAR: ONE STEALS CLIMATE CHANGE DIATRIBES, THE OTHER ONLY STEALS HAMBURGERS...
  • MATT WINGARD AND HAMBURGLAR: ONE STEALS CLIMATE CHANGE DIATRIBES, THE OTHER ONLY STEALS "HAMBURGERS..."
Good on Kari Chisholm, editor and publisher at Blue Oregon. He appears to have caught State Representative Matt Wingard with his hands in the cookie jar—plagiarizing a speech he gave on the house floor last week about global warming. Chisholm writes:
As I listened to Wingard's speech, it struck me as being a little odd. On the floor of the Oregon House, he talked about the winter in Scotland, a professor at the University of Victoria, the Russian view of some British research. It was all a bit curious.

So, I got to Googling, and now we know why: Matt Wingard's entire speech was plagiarized. Well, all of it except for a single six-word sentence - and a bunch of minor wording changes designed to hide the plagiarism.


Oooh. We've got a call in to Wingard seeking comment, in the mean time, here's a comparison of the speech with a recent editorial in the Washington Times, courtesy of Chisholm.
COINCIDENCE? YEAH...NO...
  • COINCIDENCE? YEAH...NO...

Chisholm has a nice little snippet about "why plagiarism matters," too. As opposed to hat-tipping with credit, I suppose, which is what the internet is all about.

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