Why Plagiarists Tend to Be Leftists

BuzzFeed fires Benny Johnson for plagiarism – POLITICO.com

BuzzFeed has fired Viral Politics Editor Benny Johnson after finding more than 40 instances of plagiarism, BuzzFeed’s editor Ben Smith announced on Friday evening.

In an apology to BuzzFeed readers, Smith said the plagiarism is “a breach of our fundamental responsibility” and that editors were in the process of attaching an editor’s note to every instance of plagiarism.

“Plagiarism, much less copying unchecked facts from Wikipedia or other sources, is an act of disrespect to the reader. We are deeply embarrassed and sorry to have misled you,” Smith said.

I find it interesting that most of these high-profile instances of plagiarism seem to have been perpetrated by hard liberals and leftists of one sort or another – mainly politicians and journalists.

Actually, I don’t find it odd at all.  The central theme of leftism is the notion that need (or want) confers the right to appropriate other people’s stuff – whether money, intellectual property, or physical property – at will.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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