Fun fact: The White House trumpets “Talking with Kids about Being Online” as “a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission.” Except for an intro, it’s exactly the same thing Obama’s FTC put out.
Melania Trump‘s “Be Best” program was quickly mocked for its slogan and logo, but less than an hour after her presentation of the “new” program to help children make better choices, one enterprising blogger noticed the booklet accompanying it was plagiarized, verbatim, from an Obama-era FTC publication.
Calling charges of copying and cribbing “baseless accusations,” the White House is now on the attack, defending the First Lady, insisting it’s not plagiarism, but merely rebranding.
“Mrs. Trump agreed to add Be Best branding and distribute the booklet in an effort to use her platform to amplify the positive message within,” the First Lady’s Communications Director said in a statement Tuesday.
That makes it sound like she was doing the FTC a favor, as if they came begging to her.
A quick look at the Internet Archive shows the original languageon the White House’s Be Best website refers to the program’s documentation as “a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission.”
That sounds like they spent countless hours creating something brand new.
The language on the website was secretly changed, literally under cover of darkness, sometime between 7:19 PM and 11:39 PM.
The new language calls it “a Federal Trade Commission booklet, promoted by First Lady Melania Trump.”
That’s a big difference, and clearly reveals the attempt to plagiarize – or at least to take credit for work that was not hers, and cover that up.
Perhaps if this were the first time Mrs. Trump had plagiarized Americans would be disinclined to highlight the audacious pirating.
But Melania Trump also plagiarized Michelle Obama in her speech to the RNC.
So, there’s a pattern here.
In the White House statement defending the First Lady, her communications director also took a swipe at reporters, which is all but required these days by Trump administration staffers.
“Our office will continue to focus on helping children and I encourage members of the media to attempt to Be Best in their own professions,” it concludes.
Trump panicked White House attorney will flounder on TV during Senate impeachment trial: report
President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have begun to debate how best to handle the impeachment trial. And one of the key questions at hand is who will represent Trump in the Senate.
One obvious choice would be White House counsel Pat Cipollone. But according to The New York Times, there is a problem: Trump is scared that he might not be particularly good on national television.
"Mr. Cipollone is expected to represent Mr. Trump at the trial, along with the president’s outside lawyers," reported Sheryl Gay Stolberg. "But the president has also been quizzing people about who his lawyers should be, and has noted Mr. Cipollone’s lack of TV experience, as the trial will be televised, a person involved in the planning said."
Russia went looking for puppets in America — and they found Trump and the Republicans
The Russians wasted decades infiltrating the left attempting to gain purchase in American political life. There was the Communist Party USA, of course. Established in 1919, the CPUSA grew through the 1930s and boasted a membership of about 100,000 at the beginning of World War II. A hundred thousand! Whoop-de-doo!
This article first appeared in Salon
Then there were the spinoff lefty parties like the Socialist Workers Party, the Progressive Labor Party, the Workers World Party, the Socialist Labor Party, the Progressive Labor Party — we could go on listing one splinter group after another with “socialist” or “labor” or “workers” in its title. They were tiny groups with memberships that were sometimes less than 100, and they would all deny being infiltrated by the Russkies, naturally. So would the “New Left” groups that came later, like SDS and The Weathermen. Nobody wanted to admit they were under Russian influence. Everything they were doing, from opposing the war in Vietnam to civil rights to fighting for free speech, was being done for completely pure reasons.
GOP strategist walloped for urging Dem lawmakers to leave Trump alone and worry about being re-elected instead
On CNN Saturday, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and Republican strategist Doug Heye clashed after the latter suggested Democrats should value their re-election over holding President Donald Trump accountable for wrongdoing.
"We have to remember, this is not a trial as we think of trials in courtroom," said Heye. "This is a political process. It is designed to be a political process, and that's why this whole process is played out the way that it has so far. I would say to Maria, the Republicans aren't spending money to shore up Republicans per se. They're spending money to go after vulnerable Democrats who are going home and then coming back and telling Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership, I'm getting killed back home."