Or so I've been told.
Since the announcement of Joe Binden, last night, as Barack Obama's VP I've been playing with the plagiarism charges, making silly inspirational posters parodies for the website and having some fun until it dawned on me... this is a really serious issue for two reasons -- One, is the fact that both of these men Joe Biden and Barack Obama have been caught red handed steeling parts other peoples speeches.The Second, is the fact that the lefty netroots in this country have set a precedent for going after plagiarists yet nary a peep!
For example Barack Obama has been accused (and rightly so) of running an off-the-rack campaign - of lifting whole swaths and themes from others like his friend Deval Patrick, Mario Cuomo, John F. Kennedy and even Rocky IV a quick search on YouTube yields plenty of examples...Here’s one of them:
As for Joe Biden his is a bit larger and more legendary:
Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr., a U.S. senator from Delaware, was driven from the nomination battle after delivering, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock. A barrage of subsidiary revelations by the press also contributed to Biden's withdrawal: a serious plagiarism incident involving Biden during his law school years; the senator's boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event; and the discovery of other quotations in Biden's speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians.
So now we have two plagiarists on the Democrat ticket who will no doubt take their lumps for these indiscretions from those like myself, on the right, as well they should... but what about the left?
Will the netroots peek out from under the glare radiating from their chosen one long enough to condemn these actions?
Will they try to avoid being labeled hypocrites by acknowledging and going after these plagiarists as fiercely as they did say...Ben Domenech?
And just who is this Ben Domenech and why do I care, you say...
Ben Domenech*, aka Augustine, is a co-founder of RedState and was a victim of the netroots wrath which ultimately ended in his resignation from a blogging position at the Washingtonpost.com over charges of plagiarism.
Now I’m not here to defend Ben, Ben is a big boy and accepted his culpability in this matter and seems (at least to me) to have put the issue behind him and is moving forward.
I bring this case up because the outrage and viciousness with which the lefty netroots attacked Ben leaves one pondering; do they really care about this issue or are they just hypocrites who seized and opportunity to try and destroy a political rival? You be the judge.
The left came out with guns blazing at the time but have failed to even feign outrage over Joe Biden or Barack Obama’s past plagiarism. If the standard of, any plagiarism at any time in your life is grounds for removal, was their default position with a blogger who took a job on a main stream media site then why the silence and double standard when it comes to two Senators?
I mean Salon.com said this at the time:
"The Post may be deaf to complaints about overheated rhetoric and insults to a civil rights hero, but the plagiarism and quote-fabrication charges can't be ignored. It's hard to imagine Domenech will survive this, but whatever happens next, the Post's failure to adequately vet its new hire in its fretful search for "balance" could damage its credibility substantially. "
So is Obama's credibility damaged substantially?
Firedoglake had this to say:
"Let alone the fact that your ethically challenged behavior is abhorrent to anyone who writes for a living, regardless of their political stripes."
Is Biden's track record abhorrent to all politicians, regardless of their political stripes? Then what's that say about Barack Obama?
Obsidian Wings opined:
"I completely agree about the need to respect moral values. If these charges are as well-founded as they seem to be, it will be interesting to see whether Ben Domenech has the guts to apply these principles to his own case, or whether he deploys morality only against other people."
Then what’s with the double standard? What’s with the hypocrisy?
The answer is crystal clear to this observer, they’re all hypocrites and their hypocrisy runs deep!
I don’t expect an answer nor do I expect the netroots to pay any attention to this blatant show of hypocrisy and selective outrage but I hope you all take something away from this...
*I want apologize to Ben for drudging this issue back up but I think it needs to be addressed and is appropriate for this discussion.