Republican convention speaker and congressional candidate Burgess Owens plagiarized large portions of his book, according to new report

  

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Republican convention speaker and congressional candidate Burgess Owens plagiarized large portions of his book, according to new report

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Republican convention speaker and congressional candidate Burgess Owens plagiarized large portions of his book, according to new report





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Former NFL player Burgess Owens testifies during a hearing on slavery reparations held by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on June 19, 2019.

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  • GOP convention speaker and congressional candidate Burgess Owens plagiarized large sections of his book, left-leaning watchdog Media Matters reported Tuesday.

  • Owens, a far-right activist and former National Football League player, stole material from sources including Wikipedia, History.com, Townhall, National Review, American Thinker, and the Boston Globe, according to Media Matters.

  • In one instance, Owens plagiarized eight consecutive paragraphs, Media Matters writer Eric Hananoki reported.

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Republican convention speaker and GOP congressional candidate Burgess Owens plagiarized large sections of his book, "Why I Stand: From Freedom to the Killing Fields of Socialism," left-leaning watchdog Media Matters   reported Tuesday .

Owens, a far-right activist and former National Football League player, reportedly stole entire paragraphs from sources including Wikipedia, History.com and publications like Townhall, National Review, American Thinker, and the Boston Globe, among several others. In one instance, Owens plagiarized eight consecutive paragraphs, Media Matters writer Eric Hananoki reported.

In another instance, Media Matters reports Owens lifted 148 words almost entirely verbatim from Wikipedia on the definition of "gangsta rap."

The topics featured in Owens' plagiarized segments include the history of Reconstruction, school vouchers, and subsidized housing in Chicago. In the 2018 book, which Owens has promoted while running for the US House in Utah, Owens argues that Democrats are Marxists and aggressively attacks a host of Black Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon who died last month.




Owens, who is running to defeat Democratic incumbent Rep. Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th congressional district, is scheduled to speak at the RNC on Wednesday night.

The 69-year-old former professional athlete   faced criticism recently   for appearing on a far-right YouTube show that supports the QAnon conspiracy theory.

The Trump campaign didn't respond immediately to Business Insider's request for comment.

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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    4 weeks ago

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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Tessylo @1    4 weeks ago

It's becoming really depressing, and I can't help but wonder if there is really anything we can do about it.  Hells bells, we can't do anything about the abuse shoveled right here on NT.  With that in mind, what hope is there for the rest of the country?

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1    4 weeks ago

NT is nothing more than a reflection of what the nation is. For good or for bad, we can't hide our heads. Frankly, I think it's good to know and counter, but hey, that's me.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1.1    4 weeks ago
NT is nothing more than a reflection of what the nation is.

There is no censorship in the country at large. 

 
 
 
Dulay
1.1.3  Dulay  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.2    4 weeks ago
There is no censorship in the country at large. 

Those that control the media control the media's content. 

 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.1.4  gooseisgone  replied to  Dulay @1.1.3    4 weeks ago
Those that control the media control the media's content. 

Facebook, Twitter, CNN, MSNBC, NBC CBS, ABC, PBS,  New York Times, Washington Post to name a few, who controls them Dulay?  Your own words tell the story, you have to wonder how Trump has any support .

 
 
 
Dulay
1.1.5  Dulay  replied to  gooseisgone @1.1.4    4 weeks ago

Viacom, Disney, AT&T and Comcast for ALL of those TV networks. 

As for Facebook and Twitter, I don't look at them as 'media' any more than I view NT as media. 

I note that you didn't list any of the plethora of holdings of Rupert Murdock. Why not? 

 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.1.6  gooseisgone  replied to  Dulay @1.1.5    4 weeks ago
plethora of holdings of Rupert Murdock

Plethora.....really what influence Fox, Wall Street Journal...ok.....plethora ....no.  If you don't think Facebook and Twitter aren't driving media your not being honest with yourself. Here's a news flash coming to msm the "Riots will be Condemned".  

 
 
 
Dulay
1.1.7  Dulay  replied to  gooseisgone @1.1.6    4 weeks ago
Plethora.....really what influence Fox, Wall Street Journal...ok.....plethora ....no. 

You're downplaying Murdock's holdings. They aren't JUST in the US. 

BTW, Trump thinks ratings are everything so Fox must have the most influence. 

If you don't think Facebook and Twitter aren't driving media your not being honest with yourself.

Au contraire. 

Here's a news flash coming to msm the "Riots will be Condemned". 

MSM like Fox?  

 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.1.8  gooseisgone  replied to  Dulay @1.1.7    4 weeks ago
They aren't JUST in the US. 

I am not concerned with the media outside the US, are you? 

Trump thinks ratings are everything so Fox must have the most influence

Since when do you care about what Trump thinks, I thought Fox was just propaganda for the right, are you saying they are legitimate news source (careful). 

MSM like Fox?  
Itt’s showing up in the polling. It’s showing up in focus groups. It is the only thing right now that is sticking,” Lemon said ahead of "CNN Tonight" on Tuesday. “The riots and the protests have become indistinguishable."

“I think this is a blind spot for Democrats. I think Democrats are ignoring this problem or hoping that it will go away, and it’s not going to go away,” he added before arguing the violence needs to be addressed by Biden before the election.

“The problem is not going to be fixed by [Election Day],” said Lemon. “But what they can do, and I think maybe Joe Biden may be afraid to do it … he’s got to address it. He’s got to come out and talk about it.”

“And they’re rioters, not protesters. They’re criminals,” he added.

CNN Don Lemon https://thehill.com/homenews/media/513742-cnns-lemon-warns-of-democratic-blind-spot-on-riots-it-shows-up-in-the-polling

I don't think Don is on Fox he's part of the " Those that control the media control the media's content". 

 
 
 
Dulay
1.1.9  Dulay  replied to  gooseisgone @1.1.8    4 weeks ago
I am not concerned with the media outside the US, are you? 

"Concerned', no, interested, YES. I watch BBC News and read the Guardian. 

Since when do you care about what Trump thinks,  

I made a factual statement, Inever even implied that I CARED. 

I thought Fox was just propaganda for the right, are you saying they are legitimate news source (careful).

Oh there are a couple of Fox anchors who aren't wholly lip locked on Trump's butt but only a couple. The rest IS propaganda and/or just pure sycophantic bullshit. 

 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.1.10  gooseisgone  replied to  Dulay @1.1.9    3 weeks ago
anchors who aren't wholly lip locked on Trump's butt but only a couple

Do you really want to go there?  Do you want to count the number of anchors who's  lips are attached to attached to the DNC's ass.

 
 
 
Dulay
1.1.11  Dulay  replied to  gooseisgone @1.1.10    3 weeks ago

Your whataboutism is noted. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  Tessylo @1    4 weeks ago

Glad you agree joe Biden is a liar and a cheat.

I mean, could you put it on  a tee any nicer?

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2    4 weeks ago

Is that all you got?  Denial, deflection, projection?

Don't waste my time.  

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
1.2.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2    4 weeks ago

She said REPUBLICAN Sean.......

You're a step behind on your projections this morning.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.2.3  Sean Treacy  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1.2.2    4 weeks ago

So in your world, being a plagiarist only makes you a liar and chat if your are a republican!!!!

why would ever admit to that?  

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
1.2.4  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.3    4 weeks ago

I see the pattern now Sean.  When cornered with the truth you make shit up to try to slither away.  

In your world, 180,000 dead from Covid..... is just a distraction.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.2.5  Sean Treacy  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1.2.4    4 weeks ago

So insults and projection Is your game,  Principals and fact based arguments, not so much. 

You just defended plagiarism on partisan Grounds, and you think you cornered me? You are so desperately partisan that you stoop to claim  “I’m making up shit” about Biden being a plagiarist ?Who do you think you are fooling?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.2.6  Sean Treacy  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.5    4 weeks ago

Let's make it real easy. I have no problem saying anyone who plagiarizes is a liar and cheat, including Burgress Owens and Joe Biden.

Let's see who else has  principles that aren't contingent on partisan politics and can say the same?

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
1.2.7  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.5    4 weeks ago

Wow.... Now you are saying 180,000 dead Americans isn't a fact.  That's pretty heartless.  [deleted]

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.8  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.6    4 weeks ago

Provide proof of all the Democrat plagarists and cheats, we'll wait.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.9  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.5    4 weeks ago

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Sean Treacy
1.2.10  Sean Treacy  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1.2.7    4 weeks ago

What's it like being so beholden to the Democratic Party that you can't admit Joe Biden's  a plagiarist and have to resort to silly little lies to distract from your blind partisanship? The topic is plagiarism. Why are you now so afraid of it?  

 . I have no problem saying anyone who plagiarizes is a liar and cheat, including Burgress Owens and Joe Biden. Why can't you say it? 

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.11  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.10    4 weeks ago

We're awaiting your proof of all the Democrat(s) plagarists.  

Prove it.    

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.2.12  Sean Treacy  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.11    4 weeks ago

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Just Jim NC TttH
1.2.13  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.12    4 weeks ago

Barack Obama (2008):   During their heated 2008 primary battle for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton's campaign pounced on the Obama operation when it was revealed that the then-Illinois senator had been   recycling rhetori c from his friend Gov. Deval Patrick's 2006 stump speech. Obama largely diffused the controversy by acknowledging he should have credited Patrick, saying the the two of them "trade ideas all the time" and he pointed out that Clinton herself had occasionally lifted some of his trademark lines herself.

Joe Biden (1987):   Then-Sen. Biden's early rise and   promising 1988 presidential bid   took a huge hit when he was   caught using lines   from British Labour leader Neal Kinnock's speeches without always giving him the proper credit. The revelation led to a bit of   feeding frenzy , with some of his law school papers' veracity getting called into question. Biden was forced to withdraw from the race for the Democratic nomination in September before a single vote was cast. The future VP later   said : "All I had to say was 'Like Kinnock.' If I'd just said those two words, 'Like Kinnock,' and I didn't. It was my fault, nobody else's fault.

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.14  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.12    4 weeks ago

So you got nothing.

Thanks for admitting it.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.15  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.2.13    4 weeks ago

So that's all you got?  

Two examples.  

It's overwhelming!!!!!!!!!

LOL!

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.2.16  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.15    4 weeks ago

You said all the democrats and that's what ya got. Democrats. And yep. It's two of your most faves........

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
1.2.17  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.10    4 weeks ago

Why are you so beholden to Trump to not admit that 180,000 dead on Trumps watch is a bigger deal? Speeches and books come and go.... death is forever.

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.2.18  Split Personality  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.2.13    4 weeks ago

Link please

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.19  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Split Personality @1.2.18    4 weeks ago

Links?  They don't need no stinking links.  Plus they don't have any.

See how Sean told me to look it up.

The typical 'got nothing' responses.  

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.2.21  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.19    4 weeks ago

FYI ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

you will see the exact quote.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.2.22  Trout Giggles  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.2.13    4 weeks ago

33 years ago? I guess people can't change or admit that they were wrong.

The future VP later      said  : "All I had to say was 'Like Kinnock.' If I'd just said those two words, 'Like Kinnock,' and I didn't. It was my fault, nobody else's fault.

Have we ever heard Melania apologize to Mrs Obama for plagiarizing her speech?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.2.23  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2.22    4 weeks ago

Yep............through her speech writer that wrote it...................

A Trump Organization staffer who helped Melania Trump craft her primetime speech before the Republican National Convention offered an apology Wednesday after the prepared remarks were found to contain plagiarism. "This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama," Trump staff writer Meredith McIver said in a note. "No harm was meant."
https://www.businessinsider.com/meredith-mciver-melania-trump-plagiarism-2016-7

All Mrs Trump did was read what was written.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.2.24  Trout Giggles  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.2.23    4 weeks ago

ok, Jim. You have a nice day now

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.2.25  Sean Treacy  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1.2.17    4 weeks ago

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Sean Treacy
1.2.27  Sean Treacy  replied to  gooseisgone @1.2.26    4 weeks ago

All that evidence won't matter a lick. 

 
 
 
Dulay
1.2.28  Dulay  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.2.13    4 weeks ago
The future VP later   said : "All I had to say was 'Like Kinnock.' If I'd just said those two words, 'Like Kinnock,' and I didn't. It was my fault, nobody else's fault.

So all Owens has to do is admit his mistake just as forthrightly. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.29  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2.22    4 weeks ago

Yup, all he's got.  Something from 33 years ago.  They could only dig up two instances, one from 33 years ago.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.30  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  gooseisgone @1.2.26    4 weeks ago

All those links regarding just Joe Biden.

And?

 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.2.31  gooseisgone  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.30    4 weeks ago
All those links regarding just Joe Biden

Did you know Joe Biden is running for President. Plus Sean "NEVER" mentioned all Democrats.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

It is THE great fault of the internet that it makes it easy to deceive the gullible. That is how the Republican Party has made it to where they are today.  All the right wing bullshit that we suffer through every day can be traced back to the beginning of the internet in the early 90's. Rush Limbaugh used to talk about Compuserve and America On Line (AOL) every day. 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
2.1  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  JohnRussell @2    4 weeks ago
It is THE great fault of the internet that it makes it easy to deceive the gullible.

I think there are many rural Americans whose primary contact with the outside world for decades was their TV, and some started to believe if it was on TV, then it must be true. Once the internet was invented that preconditioned gullibility naturally transferred over. And yes, the gibbering right wing fat heads on radio and TV and early AOL through the 90's has also apparently caused severe brain damage in millions who bought their daily lies hook, line and sinker.

 
 
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