The Editors' Blog

November 5, 2013

Rand Paul's Wikipedia problem

Sen. Rand Paul, who is being talked about as a 2016 presidential candidate, has been accused of including passages from other writers and from Wikipedia in his speeches, a book and an op-ed.

Sounds like bad staff work. And dumb staff work. In the old days, there was probably a lot of, shall we say, “borrowing” that went undetected. Today, there is a lot of technology available to catch it. If you cut and paste something that’s on the web, it’s not hard to be found out.

I am less concerned by the sloppiness of Senator Paul’s office than I am with the senator’s reaction.

He said in an interview with ABC: “I think I’m being unfairly targeted by a bunch of hacks and haters.”

Not the right response. What he should have just said is that I was sloppy and I’ll do better, instead of lashing out about “hacks and haters” at the end of a very long answer to a question from George Stephanopoulos.

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