Top Trump backer caught plagiarizing anti-Cruz piece for Daily Caller column
Top Donald Trump supporter Roger Stone plagiarized an anti-Ted Cruz piece he wrote for conservative website The Daily Caller, says media watchdog group Media Matters.
Stone’s anti-Cruz screed, which was published Monday, copied five paragraphs from a November 2015 post at The Conservative Treehouse blog with no attribution or credit given to the original post.
In his post for the Caller, Stone railed against Texas senator and “establishment globalist” Ted Cruz, saying that the Tea Party senator sold “the American worker down the river by voting for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
Media Matters posted a side-by-side comparison of Stone’s essay and the original blog post.
The five stolen paragraphs constitute the bulk of Stone’s argument in his post for the Caller. While it is conceivably possible that Stone accidentally included the Conservative Treehouse’s research in his post without ever having seen “sundance’s” work, it is unlikely.
Media Matters’ Eric Hananoki wrote, “Stone is aware of The Conservative Tree House blog, having previously tweeted out links to the blog and citing it in an April 8 Daily Caller piece on conservative pundits allegedly supporting Cruz ‘for the money.’ In that piece, Stone cited ‘a blogger identified simply as “sundance” in an article posted on TheConservativeTreeHouse.com.’”
Stone — known in political circles for his high-handed use of “dirty tricks” to push forward his agenda — has been banned from CNN for remarks he made alleging that Sen. Cruz had several mistresses, women who Stone deemed unattractive.
“Knowing what a couple of these women look like,” Stone said, “I actually feel like he’s the one who has been copulating with rodents.”