World Net Daily author accused of plagiarism
Admittedly, I’ve never been a big fan of World Net Daily (WND), an ultra-conservative website run by Joseph Farah. The site has become one of the main hubs for Birthers, the conspiracy theorists that believe President Barack Obama isn’t a natural born citizen — either because they doubt the legitimacy of his birth certificate or because his father was not a U.S. Citizen. But recently, Loren Collins unearthed pretty solid proof that Jerome Corsi has been plagiarizing various sources in content he has posted at WND:
Several months back I illustrated how Brad O’Leary, in his WND-published book The Audacity of Deceit, heavily copied an article by another WorldNetDaily writer. Another blog noted last month where a column by WND head Joseph Farah bore a suspicious resemblance to a Wikipedia article.
But neither of those hold a candle to a December 19 WND article by Jerome Corsi, author of The Obama Nation and Where’s the Birth Certificate? The article is “Obama’s legacy of broken promises – in Kenya”. Not only is roughly half of Corsi’s article lifted from a 2008 British news story, but Corsi goes further, and repeatedly claims that the copied information and quotations were instead obtained by unnamed “WND researchers” in Kenya.
The British article in question is “Barack Obama’s broken promise to African village”, written by David Cohen and published in the London Evening Standard on July 25, 2008. Corsi even links to Cohen’s story in his article (proving that he personally read the article he copied, and the content was not just provided to him by an unscrupulous “source”), but credits it as the source of only three sentences of information.
You’ll need to read Loren’s post to see direct examples, but he did put together this handy PDF that cites the passages that are allegedly plagiarized. WND has tried and failed to pass itself off as a legitimate news source and a conservative alternative to the mainstream media, but this is disgraceful; even for a site that frequent runs stories on cockamamie conspiracy theories.
Here is the legend provided by Loren:
Yellow = word-for-word copying from the Evening Standard;
Orange = content taken from the AFP;
Pink = specific references to the work of ‘WND researchers’;
Blue = credited citations to the Evening Standard