Palin accused of lifting from Gingrich

Palin accused of lifting from Gingrich

Associated Press – June 8, 2009 1:03 AM ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is being accused of paraphrasing at length from an article co-written by Newt Gingrich when she gave a speech.

Blogger Geoffrey Dunn makes the accusation on the Huffington Post Web site. He compared Palin's speech introducing conservative talk show host Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, to an Anchorage audience Wednesday to the article urging Republicans to study Reagan, written by Gingrich and Craig Shirley in 2005.

In one part of Palin's speech, in which she twice cited Gingrich, she said, "We have to remember first that Ronald Reagan never won any arguments in Washington. He won the arguments by resonating with the American people."

Gingrich and Shirley wrote in their article, "Reagan never won an argument in Washington. Reagan won his arguments in the country with the American people … ."

Messages left with Palin's spokeswomen weren't immediately returned Sunday.

ADN UPDATE: Dunn's original post last night said it was "a pure case of unadulterated plagiarism," and the headline read "Palin Plagiarizes Gingrich in Anchorage Speech." The post was subsequently softened to say "lifted." It's set off a moderate buzz in the they-love-her/they-don't-love-her Palin blogosphere. The governor's defenders argue she attributed the comments adequately (she mentioned Gingrich twice), and that Dunn's piece is an unwarranted attack.

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  1. JBodine
    Jun 08, 2009 @ 08:19:00

    Gov. Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, sent to David Hulen of the ADN in response to Hulen’s post about this alleged “plagiarism”:
    "Though there is considerable constitutional leeway for comment about public officials, statements made with malice are actionable. Actual malice is akin to deceit and misrepresentation. It is an intentional misrepresentation to assert, as fact, that Governor Palin failed to attribute her paraphrased commentary to Mr. Gingrich. It is also a statement made with reckless disregard for the truth. Either way, it is defamatory"

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