Scott Brown: The People’s Plagiarist.

The local tabloid rag affectionately known as the Boston Herald (Republican) (which, as the result of low readership is printed and delivered by the city’s much more popular “newspaper of record”, The Boston Globe) has recently been planting the seed that Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren may have plagiarized a few recipes in 1984 and had them printed in a cook book. The book in question is titled “Pow Wow Chow” and is a compilation of “special recipes passed down through the Five Tribes families.” Ms. Warren’s cousin edited the book and it was published by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The Boston Herald claims that two of the recipes contributed by Warren already appeared in a 1979 article of the Virgin Island Daily News by Pierre Franey of the New York Times News Service.

Plagiarism on behalf of Warren? Could be. Let’s wait to hear the response from her campaign. Nevertheless, these are only recipes we are talking about. They are not scholarly articles or political position statements on important issues. They are not even live public statements uttered by the candidate at a political event. Indeed, these recipes were submitted close to 30 years ago and there has been no claim that there has been a repeat occurrence.

Wat a second. What’s that…there is another example of Elizabeth Warren plagiarizing since the 1984 recipes? The National Review uncovered and reported on Warren plagiarizing in her very own book about economics in 2006? Say it isn’t so!

Huh? False alarm? In fact, there is no evidence that this plagiarism occurred? What about the aforementioned National Review article published just this week? That article, titled “Plagiarism In Elizabeth Warren’s 2006 Book”, specifically stated that her book “All Your Worth”,  “includes a passage that appears to include parts of two paragraphs directly lifted from a book published in 2005, “Getting on the Money Track” by Rob Black. The story was picked-up and published by Glenn Beck and Brietbart and Republican Scott Brown’s campaign was sending it to anyone who they thought might spread the revelation.

It appears that The National Review made a fool of itself. Author Katrina Trinko reported that Warren’s book was published in 2006 and Black’s in 2005. She was wrong and reports that Trinko was forced to write a correction/retraction after her column had only been published for about an hour. Warren’s book was actually published in March 2005, while Black’s was published that October. (The paperback version of Warren’s book was published in 2006.) “. As such, it appears that “Getting on the Money Track” (published in October 2005) plagiarized from “All Your Worth”, not the other way around,” Trinko wrote in her correction. The National Review also scrubbed the original and incorrect story from its website.

OK then, what we are left with is a claim that Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren may have provided a few recipes, which were not her own, to a Native American museum’s cookbook back in 1984. What about her Republican opponent, incumbent Senator Scott Brown? Does he have any plagiarism issues in his best? Well, as Sarah Palin would say, “You Betcha!”

Scott Brown was first caught plagiarizing (as far as we know) shortly after he won a special election in January 2010 shortly after the death of longtime Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy. The Boston Globe reported at the time that the following passage which Brown placed on his Website as his “Personal Values Statement” was lifted virtually verbatim from Elizabeth Dole’s site and one of her public speeches:

“I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference. From an early age, I was taught that success is measured not in material accumulations, but in service to others. I was encouraged to join causes larger than myself, to pursue positive change through a sense of mission, and to stand up for what I believe.”

Indeed, aside from the omission of an opening line — “I am Mary and John Hanford’s daughter” and a reference about her husband — in Dole’s speech, the Bay State Republican’s language is the same throughout.

The Washington Monthly reported that Brown initially blamed a summer intern for a technical mix-up, arguing that Dole’s website had served as a template for his own, and this was an inadvertent holdover. This did not explain, however, why two sentences from Dole’s speech — one about her parents’ names, and one about her husband — had been carefully removed from the copy-and-paste job.

“This kind of plagiarism makes me wonder how many things about Scott Brown are really genuine,” said Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge 21st Century. Mollineau also said, “The fact that he can’t come up with a personal values statement of his own, that he has to steal someone else’s, I think is very instructive of what kind of politician he is.”

To make matters even worse for the clothing-challenged Scott Brown, Politico revealed that the cover-up story involving the summer intern did not hold water. “Marcie Kinzel, a spokeswoman for Brown, told Reuters on Thursday that the senator’s website hasn’t been updated since around Feb. 2010 when her boss took office. One Democratic source told POLITICO that this timeline clearly doesn’t match up with the senator’s claims, since February would have been ‘well before any ‘summer intern’ would have been onboard. It seems Sen. Brown’s office is so busy trying to cover their tracks that they forgot to get their story straight before talking to the press,’ the source said. Also, Kevin Franck, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, said it’s ‘hard to believe’ that a summer intern would have been responsible for parts of the website that Brown’s office says was launched in February.’ After he bragged about seeing fake Osama bin Laden pictures and his campaign was caught running fake twitter accounts to anonymously attack Democrats, it’s becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between Scott Brown’s truth and Scott Brown’s fiction.”‘

But wait, Scott Brown has plagiarized even more. The Boston Globe reported today, that back in 2011,

“Within three days of a “60 Minutes’’ broadcast that suggested some members of Congress were financially profiting from advance knowledge of government regulations, Brown introduced a measure blocking anyone in Congress from using nonpublic information to influence personal investments. Brown muscled his way into the headlines in a race against a fellow Senate freshman, Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York who was drafting her own version of the same bill.

Brown has said that he does his homework and that he reads the bills that come before Congress. But in this instance, Brown’s measure was so hastily drafted that it contained exact language lifted from an earlier House bill (drafted by Democrats) on the same subject. And even after Brown’s draft was set aside by the Homeland Security Committee in favor of another version, Brown continued to claim credit in an encounter with President Obama.”

OK then, so there are two examples of Scott Brown plagiarizing on important political topics since he was elected a Republican U.S. Senator in 2010. That’s not so bad, right? It is not as if there are three examples of Scott Brown plagiarizing somebody else’s words. Oh no. There couldn’t possibly be a third example of Scott Brown plagiarism, could there?

Strike three! Just two months ago, while delivering an address at Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, Scott Brown told a joke about former Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Brown said, “I see that both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum now have Secret Service with them on the campaign trail. In Santorum’s case, I think it’s the first time he’s actually ever used protection.” Here he is live and in person:

Funny joke, but the problem is that Conan O’Brien told it on national television just two weeks earlier. during his late night show, O’Brien quipped, “As of today, Rick Santorum will be assigned Secret Service agents. This is the first time Santorum has agreed to use any kind of protection.”

In retrospect it no longer looks as if Scott Brown took back (as he called it) “the people’s seat” so much as he has become the people’s plagiarist. Like that proverbial emperor, this Senator has been exposed as having no clothes.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown song link:


(sung to the Jim Croce song “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”)

Well its nuthin’ like Chicago
We’re talkin’ ‘bout Boston Town
And if you like men bare
You’re gonna love it there
With Senator Scottie Brown

Now Scottie’s talkin’ double
He loved the Mass. health reform law
He voted for it like the flip-flopping Guvnor
Yet now he has declared war

And he’s nude, dude Scottie Brown
The nudist man in the whole damn town
On the issues he’s wrong
He won’t be in office long

Now Scottie he’s a rambler
And he likes to strip his clothes
And he shows the world his private things
Most everywhere he goes
His senate seat is just a rental
Leased by the Tea Party crew
He better have some fun cuz he’s soon to be done
Massachusetts is too damn Blue

And he’s nude, dude Scottie Brown
The nudist man in the whole damn town
On the issues he’s wrong
He won’t be in office long

Well Friday ‘bout a week ago
Scottie was not nice
He just shouted near and far
About all the horrors
Of health care and the price
Well he blasted dear Obama
That’s when Brown’s trouble began
Scottie Brown learned a lesson
‘Bout messin’ with the likes of a smarter man

And he’s nude, dude Scottie Brown
The nudist man in the whole damn town
On the issues he’s wrong
He won’t be in office long

You see, Scott Brown needs enlightening
He don’t give a damn ‘bout the poor
Scottie Brown’s big mouth should be muzzled
As he’s voted off of the floor

And he’s nude, dude Scottie Brown
The nudist man in the whole damn town
On the issues he’s wrong
He won’t be in office long

And he’s nude, dude Scottie Brown
The nudist man in the whole damn town
On the issues he’s wrong
He won’t be in office long

Yeah, on the issues he’s wrong
He won’t be in office long

Posted on May 22, 2012, in Scott Brown and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Pow Wow Chow

    If the book is a compilation of recipes that have been passed down over generations why is it so unusual that some of the recipes have appeared previously in a newspaper article?

  2. How is it possible that this race is close?

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