AP’s Fantasy Headline: ‘Bush Resigns Because Of Plagiarism’

-By Warner Todd Huston

You can mark this as news from a moonbat’s fantasy land, but the AP has made a howler of a Freudian slip in their headline about a low level Bush aide who has resigned because he plagiarized a newspaper article he wrote. Instead of saying that a Bush aide resigned, AP headlined their report “Bush Resigns Because of Plagiarism.” (Image as it appeared on the CBS website)

Me thinks that the AP’s headline writer revealed his unconscious desires in this goofup. AP’s parapraxis merely describes what they wish was true, I’m sure. The headline topped an AP story about the aide’s resignation on the 29th of last month.

The story itself is a sad affair of a young staffer who was caught lifting portions of others’ work for his own columns in the News-Sentinal in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The News-Sentinel said an internal investigation found that 20 of 38 of Goeglein’s columns published in the past eight years contained portions copied from other sources without attribution. Goeglein has submitted unsolicited, or guest, columns to The News-Sentinel for more than 20 years and he has never been paid for them, the paper said.

Well, I’d say that this fellow is in interesting company. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, Joseph Biden, Al Gore, Jack Kelly, Michael Olesker, Michael Isikoff and a host of others have histories of plagiarism. Curiously enough, few of them ever resigned over their theft of others’ words. And, surprise, surprise, these folks are all liberals.

So, in the end, it is bad that this fellow culled the words of other writers without giving attribution. It goes without saying that this is a bad, dishonest thing. Of course, it can be said that — once again — Republicans police their own, expecting far more out of themselves than Democrats and liberals do. After all, this fellow was excoriated and made to resign his position. Few of the liberals noted above were ever forced to pay for their theft. In fact, many of them went on to make even better deals for themselves with the full and fawning support of liberals everywhere. They were not forced to pay for their perfidy at all, for the most part.

Anyway, it is nothing short of hilarious that AP never realized that they had a headline stating that Bush resigned over the plagiarism of one of his low level aides when it just never happened that way.

Yep, it was pure wishful thinking on behalf of the Associated Press.

(Updated to correct that the headline was an AP mistake, not a CBS mistake.)


Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as newsbusters.org, townhall.com, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of publiusforum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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