More Texas Plagiarism, Hot Off the Presses

Texas Watchdog prides itself on it’s “Feisty investigations,” but it looks like, despite this accolade someone needs a lesson about simple plagiarism over at Texas Watchdog.org.

Seen here in Mark Lisheron’s column is the following

:

Plagiarized version: “Walter Draper, an assistant custodial supervisor who thought it unfair, wondered aloud how a private company could do the same jobs he and his colleagues were doing for an average of $26 million less every year. Texas A&M has one of the finest business schools in the country, and yet we can’t figure out how to in-house save money out of our department,” Draper said, with a metaphorical scratch of the head.’ ”

This was also printed in NYT/Texas Tribune, as seen here,

and here.

Original version: “Texas A&M has one of the finest business schools in the country, and yet we can’t figure out how to in-house save money out of our department,” said Walter Draper, an assistant custodial supervisor and one of the outsourcing plan’s many detractors.

The most important part of this whole piece is the plagiarizer’s additions “Draper said, with a metaphorical scratch of the head” and saying Draper “wondered aloud.”  These pieces, which were apparently the author’s invention, were not found in the original article and therefore show not only a lack of attribution, but also pretending to be the interviewer.

What’s going on over at Texas Watchdog???

Starting off an investigative news website story by implying Obama’s a socialist, implying that someone confidentially leaking info about huge savings means it is true (despite the huge potential conflicts of interest), and then plagiarizing a story that you cite in your own blog post?

Really?

Really??? I ask with a literal scratch to my head.

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