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April 28, 2006

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I wouldn't underestimate the media's delight in taking down anyone, connected to Harvard, a peg or two. It's certainly not the first time that someone with Harvard connections has been accused of(and admitted to)plagiarism. Remember Doris Kearns oodwin. She was forced to admit to having committed plagiarism in the writing of her book, "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys." Then there was Harvard Law School professor, Larry Tribe, who was forced to admit to having committed plagiarism in his book, "God Save this Honorable Court." And there was also the case of Charles Ogltree, who admitted to plagiarism in the writing of his book, "All Deliberate Speed."

And finally, Alex Cockburn and Norman Finkelstein accused Alan Dershowitz of having committed plagiarism in the writing of his book, "The Case for Israel," arguing that he lifted entire footnotes and citations without proper attribution from Joan Peters' book, "From Time Immemorial." That doesn't seem to me to be quite as eggregious as the other cases, but one wonders if there is something about Harvard which encourages people to think that they can get away with this stuff.

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