Today's Daily Caller reveals one reason why conservatives may be starting to sour on Glenn Beck. Apparently he has a habit of using other people's work and not giving them credit. (h/t to StopBeck)
By any standard, Beck seems unusually reliant on the work of others, and unusually reluctant to credit it. In an interview with TheDC, Roger L. Simon, CEO of Pajamas Media, suggested that Beck has committed the journalistic equivalent of a notorious crime. “It is not a question of just doing it right the majority of the time. It is a question of doing it right always,” Simon said.
For instance, on March 18, Beck aired footage from an immigration rally in Chicago. What he didn't tell us is that the video was taken from conservative blogger "RebelPundit." In fact, Beck scrubbed RebelPundit's watermark from the video.
Apparently such blatant plagiarism is a habit for the Blackboard Guy. Makes you wonder--why is Faux News continuing to deal with a plagarist?
Among some more egregious instances uncovered by Daily Caller:
- On February 28, Beck a speech by Van Jones at Dupont Circle during a Moveon.org rally. But it turns out that video actually came from the Media Research Center.
- A day later, Beck aired video from protests at the Wisconsin state capitol. But it was actually shot by a freelancer from Wisconsin.
- Remember that chart showing George Soros' media influence that Beck put up on his blackboard? Turns out it was actually created by right-wing blogger Liberty Chick.
- Douglas Stewart, a conservative blogger, recently did research that supposedly indicated the State Department knew that things were about to boil over in Egypt well in advance of the uprising actually happening. However, Beck has frequently used much of Stewart's work without attribution. Beck read one of Stewart's articles almost verbatim on the air, and even copied part of another Stewart article into his Egypt study guide.
Staggering. Simply staggering. If any of us had engaged in this when we were in college, we'd have all long since been expelled.
We already knew Beck was an unhinged conspiracy theorist. But now we know he's also a serial plagiarist.