Paper confirms Coulter plagiarism reported online first

Ron Brynaert
Published: Sunday July 2, 2006

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"Conservative scribe Ann Coulter cribbed liberally in her latest book, Godless, according to a plagiarism expert," reports The New York Post today.

"John Barrie, the creator of a leading plagiarism-recognition system, claimed he found at least three instances of what he calls "textbook plagiarism" in the leggy blond pundit's "Godless: the Church of Liberalism" after he ran the book's text through the company's digital iThenticate program," writes Philip Recchia.

Some of the examples of Coulter's plagiarism have already been reported online, but this is the first time the allegations have travelled to the print media.

Last summer, blogger The Rude Pundit first blogged about a few examples of possible Coulter plagiarism he found in her Jun. 29, 2005 column, "Thou Shall Not Commit Religion," and RAW STORY followed up after finding more.

Nearly a month ago, The Rude Pundit found at least one sentence that appeared to have been lifted elsewhere in Coulter's new book. Then RAW STORY, again, followed up with more.

However, there is no mention in the Post article about the previous discoveries, and The Rude Pundit noted this at his blog today.

"But, really, and, c'mon, when the time comes to burn Coulter at the stake of plagiarism, the Rude Pundit and Ron Brynaert of Raw Story (Brynaert especially so since he did far, far more legwork than the Rude Pundit on this story) deserve to hold the torch along with Barrie, let alone get some mention in the New York Post," writes The Rude Pundit. "(And especially since the plagiarism work of the Rude Pundit and Brynaert was mentioned at MSNBC, Slate, Huffington Post, and other mucho larger media outlets - in other words, just a Google away.)"

Excerpts from the NY Post article:


Barrie, CEO of iParadigms, told The Post that one 25-word passage from the "Godless" chapter titled "The Holiest Sacrament: Abortion" appears to have been lifted nearly word for word from Planned Parenthood literature published at least 18 months before Coulter's 281-page book was released.

A separate, 24-word string from the chapter "The Creation Myth" appeared about a year earlier in the San Francisco Chronicle with just one word change - "stacked" was changed to "piled."


Her June 29, 2005, column, "Thou Shalt Not Commit Religion," incorporates 10 facts on National Endowment for the Arts-funded work that originally appeared in the same order in a 1991 Heritage Foundation report, "The National Endowment for the Arts: Misusing Taxpayers' Money." But again, the Heritage Foundation isn't credited.

"Just as Coulter plays free and loose with her citations in 'Godless,' she obviously does the same in her columns," Barrie said.