Fort Wayne Paper Finds White House Aide Plagiarized 20 Columns

"Conservative principles" at work. - AC

By E&P Staff
March 01, 2008

NEW YORK White House aide Timothy S. Goeglein, E&P reported earlier, resigned late Friday after news emerged that he had plagiarized articles or columns he had written for his hometown paper, the Fort Wayne (Indiana) News-Sentinel. Four examples of plagiarism had been quickly discovered with sources including The Washington Post and New York Sun.

The News-Sentinel said his days of writing for the paper -- which he had done for many years -- were also at an end. It also revealed in today's edition that it had already found that more than half of his guest columns since 2000, 20 of 38, included plagiarism.

It published a list of them in today's paper. The full account is at www.fortwayne.com. Here is a sample.

♦“Hoagy Carmichael's songs reflect his deep roots in Bloomington, Indiana” - Nov. 5, 2007; “Hoagy Carmichael's Memories, Straight from the Heartland,” by Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post, Sept. 3, 2007.

♦“As Americans, we should give thanks for good fortune daily,” Nov. 23, 2006; “Piano to Flip Your Wig,” by Tim Page, Washington Post, Oct. 23, 2006.

♦“The divine spark in us all still illuminates weathered cemetery stones” - Nov. 8, 2006; “A Gem of Purest Ray Serene,” by Eric Ormsby, The New York Sun, Aug. 9, 2006

♦“Foster Park preserves transcendent ideas of beauty that are coming back” - July 5, 2006; “A Wish Came True: An L.A. Museum Displays Klimt Paintings Taken by Nazis and Restored to Family,” by William Booth, Washington Post, April 5, 2006

♦“Mark Christmas Eve with elegant sacred texts” - Dec. 23, 2005; “A season to remember the transforming power of sacred language,” by Michael Dirda, The Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2005

♦“Mao Zedong's hideous butchery eclipses the toll of every other tyrant in history” - Dec. 6, 2005; “China's Monster, Second to None,” by Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, Oct. 21, 2005

♦“Rediscovering the past's foundation” - Oct. 18, 2005; multiple plagiarized sources, including “The Polish Seminary Student and the Jewish Girl He Saved,” by Roger Cohen, The New York Times, April 6, 2005, and “Light in a New Dark Age,” by George Weigel, The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2005

♦“Christmas Eve's divine mystery creeps in softly” - Dec. 24, 2004; “No, It's Not Only In the Eye of the Beholder,” by Roger Kimball, The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 1, 2004

♦“Let's keep language off the ‘endangered' list,” June 19, 2000; “The Inarticulate Society: Eloquence and Culture in America,” by Tracy Lee Simmons, National Review, Feb. 12, 1996

♦“Great Music has power to take us Bach to God” - May 4, 2000; “A Lot Has Changed Since 1000, but Not Everything,” by George Melloan, The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 21, 1999

♦ “There's poetry in snow, and so much more” - Feb. 15, 2000; “Arts in America: A ‘Brave Thing,' Writing Verse, Especially at Poetry Camp,” by James Sterngold, The New York Times, Aug. 12, 1999.

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