Rand Paul Responds To Plagiarism Accusers – If Dueling Were Legal
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[Rand Paul Responds To Plagiarism Accusers – If Dueling Were Legal]
[Jorge Ramos] Source: LYBIO.net
They accused you of stealing four lines from Wikipedia from — for your speeches at Liberty University. So is this true?
[Randal Howard “Rand” Paul (January 7, 1963)] Source: LYBIO.net
We borrowed the plot lines from “Gattaca”. It’s a movie. And I gave credit to the people who wrote the movie. There are technicalities to this, but nothing I said was not given attribution to where it came from.
[George Robert Stephanopoulos (February 10, 1961)]
I know you – you dismiss that as making a mountain out of a mole. But since then, Politico reported that there were more instances where you used words that first appears in other places. And – and – and – I know you dismiss those questions. But do you concede, at least, that this is pretty sloppy? And don’t you have to tighten up your speechmaking operation if you, indeed, do want to have a presidential run?
Well, you know, the footnote police have really been dogging me for the last week. I will admit that. And I will admit, sometimes we haven’t footnoted things properly. In fact, I’ve given thousands of speeches and I don’t think I’ve ever footnoted any of those speeches. In the speech in question, I quoted from “1984,” “Gattaca,” “My Left Foot,” Michelangelo, Einstein, and Ray Bradbury, among maybe a dozen others. And I attributed everything or attributed everything to them. But I didn’t get into the secondary sources and say I quoted Einstein as according to an AP story or as according to Wikipedia. So I think the spoken word shouldn’t be held to the same sort of standard that you have if you’re giving a scientific paper. I’ve written scientific papers. I know how to footnote things. But we’ve never footnoted speeches. And if that’s the standard I’m going to be held to, yes, we will change and we will footnote things. Everything in that paper, if I had presented it for an academic – or that speech for an academic publication, would have had footnotes next to it. In some of the things that are now going to pop up under thousands of things that I’ve written, yes, there are times when they have been sloppy or not correct or we’ve made an error. But the difference is, I take it as an insult and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting. I have never intentionally done so. And like I say, if, you know, if dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it would be a duel challenge. But I can’t do that, because I can’t hold office in Kentucky then.
So what’s the fix?
We’re going to have to footnote things. Like I say – but here’s the problem, George, 98 percent of my speeches are extemporaneous. I spoke for 13 hours on the floor, extemporaneous. And so, it is a little bit hard to footnote things accurately. And I’ll give you an example – I love the quote from Niles Ferguson, you know, referring to the president saying the deficit is declining and now Ferguson says, yeah, from super-enormous, to really, really gigantic. And I love the quote. But, is that enough? Or do I have to say, as I heard or as I read on an AP story about Ferguson? Or as I heard when he was on with George Stephanopoulos? I mean, there is sort of a certain degree when we’re going to say, is that nitpicking? Is referring to the person enough, or do I have to refer to the original source where I got the quote from a person? In an academic paper, even if you paraphrase something, don’t even use the same words, anything that is paraphrased has to be sourced. So, when I wrote scientific papers, I sometimes had statements with eight footnotes for one sentence. Is that what you want me to do for my speeches? If it’s required, I’ll do it. But I think I’m being unfairly targeted by a bunch of hacks and haters, and I’m just not going to put up with people casting aspersions on my character.
[George Stephanopoulos] Source: LYBIO.net
Ok, that’s an extensive answer, thank you Senator Paul.
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