January 6, 2015 10:00 pm -

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Several sections of potential Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s 2012 book America the Beautiful were plagiarized from various sources, BuzzFeed News has found.

In many cases Carson cites the works that he plagiarizes in endnotes, though he makes no effort to indicate that not just the source, but the words themselves, had been taken from different authors.

[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]The case is similar to a 2013 report from BuzzFeed News that found Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul plagiarized in his book while citing the works he copied in the footnotes. Paul’s book was eventually updated to include attribution.

In one instance, Carson cites wholesale from an old website that has been online since at least 2002,

In another example, he plagiarizes from two authors whose works he mentions in passing at earlier points in the book: Cleon Skousen, a conservative historian who died in 2006, and Bill Federer, another conservative historian, who Carson thanks in the acknowledgements for helping get his book published.

In a phone call, Federer told BuzzFeed News he did not care that Carson had copied from his book.

“That’s fine,” said Federer, who noted his book states he grants permission to duplicate text as long as proper attribution is given.

Federer told BuzzFeed News he had given Carson some of his books when they served together on the board of Regent University.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

18 responses to Ben Carson Accused Of Plagiarism

  1. Dcbos January 6th, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Ben been copying.

  2. fancypants January 6th, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Clinton has sold 177,000 books so far, while Carson has sold 162,000 books, according to Nielsen, which says its survey “currently covers approximately 85 percent of the print book market.”


    im not a math professor but I do believe there is a cash penalty for each book sold if indeed this accusation is true

    • Dwendt44 January 7th, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Don’t overlook the habit the conservatives have of bulk purchases that are then given away as gifts or given to rally participants.

  3. tracey marie January 6th, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    LOL, this is hilarious, more lying, stealing and cheating from a rwnj

    • fancypants January 6th, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      I wouldn’t expect anything less

  4. Jack E Raynbeau January 6th, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Ben Dover, Ben.

  5. tiredoftea January 6th, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Another of the right’s intellectual giants who don’t quite measure up where it counts.

    • tracey marie January 6th, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      And yet they will defend him

      • tiredoftea January 6th, 2015 at 11:47 pm

        Celebrate him.

  6. BillTheCat45 January 6th, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I’m shocked, shocked I tells ya!

    • Guy Lauten January 6th, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Yer Honor, I wuz sedated at the time!
      The clown car is veering early. Gee, who woulda thunk?
      –[ Ack! Phffft! ]–

  7. Larry Schmitt January 7th, 2015 at 5:08 am

    This way, if someone uses quotes from his own book against him, he can say he was misquoted.

  8. anothertoothpick January 7th, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Interesting facts about Dr. Ben Carson, Conservative Icon:

    1. raised by a single mother
    2. raised in public housing
    3. fed with food stamps.
    4. supported with welfare wasnt-dependent-on-government
    5. kept healthy with medicaid…
    6. educated in public schools
    7. got eyeglasses from state agency
    8. benefited from affirmative action to enter college
    9. used federal loans and Pell grants in undergrad school
    10. benefited from affirmative action to enter medical school
    11. med school paid for with grant from USPHS*
    12. said: “The disintegration of the family unit and the welfare state are enslaving African-Americans and ruining their futures.”

    Dr. Carson is demonizing all of the social programs he has benefited from. Isn’t that the very definition of hypocrisy?

    • rg9rts January 7th, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      That is the definition of the gopee

    • fancypants January 7th, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      ben isn’t qualified to run as a dem
      2 faced politicians are banned from this political party

  9. OldLefty January 7th, 2015 at 8:31 am

    For me, one of the biggest problems I have with Dr Carson, aside from his benefitting from the safety nets he now demonizes, is his portrayal of Saul Alinsky.

    He not only acts as though HE is very “well read” about Saul Alinsky, and knows all about him, while most people do not, and that HE should “educate” the rest of us, but he makes it very clear that he either knows NOTHING about Saul Alinsky and is just repeating the old right wing fibs about him, or he may know better and is STILL just repeating the old right wing fibs about him.

    Either case says something about him that is less than honorable.

    I have been a fan of Saul Alinsky since the 1970’s and to me it represents one of the greatest examples of how the Right creates a fictional version of someone or something, knowing that their followers will blindly repeat it without EVER fact checking it themselves.

    • rg9rts January 7th, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Saul…organizer of the fart in…love it…miss him..

  10. Dwendt44 January 7th, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Accused of plagiarism? What? again?