From the daily archives: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Forgive me, but I’ve never experienced schadenfreude to the extent that I did today on the morning-after of the Trump National Convention in Cleveland. There was more than enough misery to go around for Team Trump and his apologists that it cast a huge shadow over Trump’s boastful ability that he can make America great again.

We’re referring to the media’s erupted response to the discovery that Melania’s speech contained plagiarized passages from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama.

There were reflexive responses by alleged adult politicians that will most certainly appear in a book by an author writing the […]

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This is Plunderbund columnist D.C. DeWitt’s reporters’ blog for Day 1 of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. It’s been a helluva show so far. Ringling Bros. would be jealous.

9:30 a.m.

So it begins. I last attended the U.S. Presidential Conventions in 2008. Eight years later, everything boasts familiarity, except this time I’m in Cleveland, my second favorite city in Ohio (right behind my hometown of Athens).

The theme of the day according to the Republican National Committee is “Make America Safe Again.” Each day has a theme. Tomorrow we will make America work again. And then we’ll make […]

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On Monday, before traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, then on to Minnesota and then Florida, ahead of the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia next week, Hillary Clinton made another stop in Ohio, her fifth since being declared the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee.

Mrs. Clinton spoke to the 2016 NAACP National Convention held in Cincinnati, the 107th national gathering since the organization’s founding in 1909, about an hour later than originally scheduled. Donald Trump, the winner of the Republican primary declined to speak to the group after 20 years of presidents and candidates who want to be president presenting themselves […]

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Was Melania Trump’s speech plagiarism?  Definitely.  And comments like those from Chris Christie trying to defend the speech saying that it was OK because it was 93% her own work – only illustrate how poorly plagiarism is understood by many people.  This is what is often called a teachable moment.

Plagiarism is passing off the words and ideas of others as your own, which is what happened last night in Melania Trump’s speech at the RNC in Cleveland.  It is pretty clear that she (or her speechwriter) copied parts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech.  You can see the relevant […]

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Trump’s white-guy delegates arrive  for yesterday’s  curtain-raiser of the TNC (Trump National Convention):

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