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Politics and Plagiarism

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Middle school and high school students are taught to never plagiarize.  When you turn your paper in it better be your work.  My then tweenage son forgot the rules and got a big fat zero once.  Apparently Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis missed class that day.  Or maybe he thinks politicians should be held to a lesser standard.  He is being accused of virtually lifting word for word essays on water policy, speeches to Congress and various and sundry columns.  He never attributed anything to The Washington Post or now-Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs who actually were the authors of his work.  He even had the temerity to blame it on his researcher Rolly Fischer.  The Hasan Family Foundation which paid him the handsome stipend of $300,000 for his “original” work on water issues is demanding their money back and the heat is on for McInnis to get out of the gubernatorial race.  When asked by Adam Schrager of 9News about the controversy he said unapologetically “voters don’t really care about this issue.  They care about jobs, getting back to work.”  Hello?  Are you kidding me?  Of course we care about jobs but we also want our politicians to be honorable.  Hearing our politicians lie and cheat is usually something that comes out after they are elected to office.  Why would we put this guy in the statehouse when he already has this kind of baggage and bad judgement.  His opponent Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said the reports of plagiarism “create a cloud” over McInnis.  That’s a politically correct way of putting it.  Talk about the understatement of the year.  I really don’t know much about McInnis as a public servant and there are much bigger problems that we face then plagiarism but at this point I think it would be difficult for him to have the kind of credibility and good sense Coloradans deserve from their governor.  And you can quote me on that.  Just put it in quotes.

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Author: Vicky Collins

Vicky Collins is a freelance television producer and journalist based in Denver, Colorado with a diverse portfolio of projects that including network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, corporate and non-profit videos. She is also an accomplished writer and photographer who is particularly interested in world travel and issues of global poverty. Some of her most satisfying assignments have been covering disasters, working in the slums of developing countries and telling stories of people who show great courage in the face of adversity. She has been in all 50 states and on six continents and many of her television stories and photos are posted on her website at To contact Vicky Collins directly email or tweet @vickycollins.

One thought on “Politics and Plagiarism

  1. Love the last line….

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