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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Guilty, Guilty, Guilty
Topic: WorldNetDaily
Not only is WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah guilty of undisclosed conflicts of interest and condoning the theft of government property, he's guilty of plagiarism as well.

A major chunk of Farah's Aug. 30 article on the government's seizure of gold coins stolen years ago was taken -- mostly verbatim -- from a Reuters article on the subject. Nowhere in his article does Farah credit Reuters for the information he lifted.

Farah did make one notable edit to the Reuters copy he stole. Where Reuters noted that the coins "survived destruction after the United States abandoned the gold standard in 1933 and ordered them melted down," Farah changed it to say that the coins "survived destruction after President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandated all privately owned gold confiscated in the U.S. in 1933 – ordering the coins melted down."

UPDATE: Here's a handy color-coded guide to Farah's plagiarism.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:51 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 9:38 PM EDT

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