Palin Lifts From Gingrich in Anchorage Speech

By Geoffrey Dunn Award-winning journalist, filmmaker and historian

Sarah Palin's speech delivered in Anchorage on Wednesday — the one in which she declared "screw political correctness" and wondered why "we have to pussyfoot around our troublesome foes" — repeatedly lifted from an article written four years ago by Newt Gingrich and Craig Shirley without attribution.

While Palin twice mentioned Gingrich in the speech (she never acknowledged Shirley), she frequently mixed her own remarks about Reagan with passages that appear to be pulled directly from the Gingrich-Shirley article.

A little background: Palin was on the stage at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts to introduce Michael Reagan, the conservative talk show host and son of the former president, Ronald Reagan. Her introduction lasted about 17 minutes and has already garnered significant national attention.

The indomitable AK Muckraker of The Mudflats undertook the near impossible task of transcribing most of Palin's address (my wife filled in on a couple of spots as well), and after slogging through the muck of verbiage while listening to a recording of the speech, I realized I had read some of this before. So I tracked down the original Gingrich-Shirley article, "Republicans Need to Relearn Lessons of the Reagan Revolution" which appeared in the Union Leader, November 1, 2005, and is also online.


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  1. JBodine
    Jun 08, 2009 @ 14:25:00

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s camp said Monday allegations that Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin plagiarized a column Gingrich co-authored four years ago are “just silly.”“I’m thrilled if Sarah Palin used a Newt Gingrich idea from an op-ed, or speech, or column or whatever,” Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told POLITICO. “[Gingrich’s] response to people repeating his ideas has always been good.”


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