Why You Don't Want to Make Silly Plagiarism Charges

21 February 2008

Bill Clinton (1992):

"The hits that I took in this election are nothing compared to the hits the people of this state and this country have been taking for a long time."
Hillary Clinton (tonight):
"You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country."
I really could care less that Hillary Clinton lifted a Bill Clinton line. But this just goes to show why the plagiarism charges of the past week are so incredibly silly.

(via TPM)

UPDATE: I'd just like to add that the John McCain sex "scandal" in the New York Times and the Michelle Obama comments "scandal" are equally ridiculous. It always puzzles and saddens me to see how the network news channels will just run away with these stories instead of actually comparing the legislative records, accomplishments and plans of the respective candidates. Shouldn't it be their job to comb over and distill all this information, and to discuss it with qualified experts in a way that ordinary people can understand? Instead, we get never-ending non-sense about "Is America ready for a black President?," "Will Hillary Clinton hold on to the Latino vote?," "What did Michelle Obama *really* mean by that comment?," "Is John McCain conservative enough for Rush Limbaugh?," etc.

Oh well. At least I've still got NPR, WNYC, and the Internet.

UPDATE II: There's also this.

UPDATE III: Youtube users move very quickly.

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