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Rand Paul's Gattaca Moment
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pointed out the similarities between Rand Paul’s talk in Virginia about Gattaca and that futuristic film’s Wikipedia entry.
. . . A revision history of the Gattaca Wikipedia page showed Paul had to have copied the speech since no changes were made after Paul’s speech.
A June 12, 2013 speech on immigration discussed the movie Stand and Deliver.
. . . the Wikipedia article on the film with red lines over the text...appears verbatim in Paul’s speech.
~ Andrew Kaczynski on Buzzfeed
Well, we, we borrowed the plot lines from ‘Gattaca,’ a movie, and I gave credit to the people who wrote the movie. I think they’re arguing about whether things are properly footnoted. And there are technicalities to this. But nothing I said was not given attribution to where it came from.
~ Senator Rand Paul R-Kentucky, via Politico
The rest of it's making a mountain out of a molehill from people I think basically who are political enemies and have an ax to grind. This is really about information and attacks coming from haters. The person who's leading this attack -- she's been spreading hate on me for about three years now.
~ Senator Rand Paul referring to Rachel Maddow, who first brought the plagiarism to light on her show
Nobody is accusing you of pretending that you wrote ‘Gattaca’ or that you wrote ‘Stand and Deliver,’ that is not what this about. This is not about you explaining a plot line. This is about you lifting other peoples’ words verbatim and pretending that they are your own. This is something that high school students know not to do. And you are presenting yourself as potential candidate for president.
~ Rachel Maddow on MSNBC via Politico
UPDATE: Rand Paul calls Rachel Maddow a 'hater'... http://t.co/EGJ0fU1RNJ
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) October 31, 2013
not how it works RT @AaronBlakeWP: Rand Paul says he didn't plagiarize because he cited the movies he was describing. http://t.co/4qiCeifDn9
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) October 31, 2013
Even today, Sen Paul still says he only "described the plot of a movie." Does he even understand that he copied the wikipedia page?
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) October 31, 2013
Rachel Maddow: Rand Paul "does not understand what plagiarism means" http://t.co/WtjUmJVJKV
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) October 31, 2013
Can someone add Rand Paul's plagiarism of Wikipedia to his Wikipedia? Then maybe he will read about it. http://t.co/6iGcNVX5dW
— Zach Green (@140elect) October 30, 2013
Rand Paul response to plagiarism charged: "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) October 30, 2013
No one has updated Rand Paul's page to note that he's the first politician to be caught plagiarizing from Wikipedia. http://t.co/sHiXyfqsL6
— HALLOWEEN NAME (@LOLGOP) October 29, 2013
Read Wikipedia page while listening to the speech. #sofunny >>RT @PoliticalTicker: Rand Paul accused of plagiarism http://t.co/dhXg7GAfRU
— Brenda (@falennon) October 31, 2013