Montana senator accused of plagiarizing thesis

Jul 23, 2014 Full story: Yahoo! 14

Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

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the Light

El Paso, TX

#1 Jul 23, 2014
Now how did I know it was a Democrat!!!!

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#3 Jul 24, 2014
Just following in Biden's and Hillary's footsteps.
Justin

United States

#5 Jul 24, 2014
Did he recently go back to university; or are we talking about a thesis paper from back in the 80's? Dig deeper and see of you can uncover something more worth while.
senior citizen

Granite City, IL

#6 Jul 24, 2014
Justin wrote:
Did he recently go back to university; or are we talking about a thesis paper from back in the 80's? Dig deeper and see of you can uncover something more worth while.
Copy and paste: 2007

John Walsh looks and sounds like a senator. The Democrat, who replaced retiring Max Baucus earlier this year and is running for reelection this fall, leans on his 33-year as a decorated combat soldier. But like a senator, he may have cheated and stolen to keep that career on track.

Walsh, who earned a Bronze Star in Iraq and also served as the general in charge of Montana's National Guard, lifted at least a quarter of his Army War College master's thesis from internet sources. That would be significant, since an Army officer's promotion to major commands is predicated on passing a staff college curriculum.

Jonathan Martin at the New York Times explains:

Mr. Walsh completed the paper, what the War College calls a "strategy research project," to earn his degree in 2007, when he was 46. The sources of the material he presents as his own include academic papers, policy journal essays and books that are almost all available online.

Most strikingly, each of the six recommendations Mr. Walsh laid out at the conclusion of his 14-page paper, titled "The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy," is taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document on the same topic...

About a third of his paper consists of material either identical to or extremely similar to passages in other sources, such as the Carnegie or Harvard papers, and is presented without attribution. Another third is attributed to sources through footnotes, but uses other authors' exact or almost exact language without quotation marks.

Martin details a few key passages and their sources, making clear that they found their way verbatim into Walsh's final paper.

This isn't the first time Walsh's military service has been questioned. In 2010, Army inspectors criticized him for using his rank and position to pressure subordinate soldiers into joining the National Guard Association at the same time he was running to be vice president of the private group.

As a result of that brouhaha, the federal government never approved his promotion to become a general, even though commanders of state National Guard units usually serve as two-star generals.(Walsh eventually retired in 2012, having been granted temporary one-star general status by the state's Democratic governor.)

Confronted by the Times with his copied passages on Wednesday, Walsh denied there was "anything intentional" in it. An aide who later talked to Martin "did not contest the plagiarism but suggested that it be viewed in the context of the senator's long career," adding that the senator had been stressed when he was at the Army War College, owing to a recent suicide from his Iraq unit two. Accountability, it seems, is for more-junior soldiers.

But perhaps not entirely. Plagiarism is a no-no as far as the War College is concerned. It's possible the institution could review Walsh's academic record. As the College's academic handbook puts it: "Sooner or later, academic dishonesty will be discovered."
Justin

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#7 Jul 24, 2014
None of us could ever run for political office, I mean the amount of plagiarizism I see here in a typical post is astounding.

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#8 Jul 24, 2014
Justin wrote:
None of us could ever run for political office, I mean the amount of plagiarizism I see here in a typical post is astounding.
Senator claims PTSD after caught plagiarizing master's thesis... Liberal Montana wing nut gets caught just like Joe Biden plagiarizing and now basically is saying he is too retarded to serve in the Senate.

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#9 Jul 24, 2014
We agree.

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#11 Jul 24, 2014
Justin wrote:
None of us could ever run for political office, I mean the amount of plagiarizism I see here in a typical post is astounding.
None of us could ever run for political office, I mean the plagiarism I see here in a typical post is astounding.

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#12 Jul 25, 2014
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>None of us could ever run for political office, I mean the plagiarism I see here in a typical post is astounding.
Au Contraire, we would be shoe ins for almost any liberal office. Ask Joe Biden. By the way, your Alinsky attempt to minimize his stupidity didn't work.
Goofy OLD Party

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#13 Jul 25, 2014
Rand Paul set the standard for plagiarism.

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#14 Jul 25, 2014
Goofy OLD Party wrote:
Rand Paul set the standard for plagiarism.
Sorry Amigo, your DE change won't hide the lies your spun as the wet-back with a sore crack.

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#15 Jul 25, 2014
Martin Luther King was proven to be a plagiarizer on his doctoral thesis, yet he continues to be worshiped like a god by imbeciles.

“Happiness comes through giving”

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#16 Jul 25, 2014
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>Au Contraire, we would be shoe ins for almost any liberal office. Ask Joe Biden. By the way, your Alinsky attempt to minimize his stupidity didn't work.
There's certainly no way to minimize your stupidity.

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#17 Jul 25, 2014
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>There's certainly no way to minimize your stupidity.
I guess that's the best you can come up with. I understand it getting harder to hold your head up as an Obama supporter with all the lies, failures and world upheaval he has caused due to him not being vetted for the highest office in the world........

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