Maddow Blasts Paul For Accusing Her Of Plagiarism Without Evidence
Almost a week has gone by since Rachel Maddow first exposed Rand Paul for lifting parts of a Wikipedia entry on the movie Gattaca for a speech he made in support of Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. Now, Maddow finds accusation of plagiarism against her.
Maddow points out that Paul was using the same tactic that Mitt Romney was using during his 2012 presidential campaign. She described the solution used by Romney to pin anti-Medicare on President Obama as the “I’m rubber, you’re glue” solution. Maddow cited that sources close to Rand Paul are now attacking her using the same solution on websites.
“In politics, this is a classic. When you’re getting attacked for something, just accuse your opponent of being guilty of the same thing. Whatever the attack is, if it’s sticking to you, just apply those words in a substantively meaningless way to whoever is saying it about you, so at least it starts to seem confusing to people or the words lose their meaning,” said Maddow.
Maddow then points out what is not tradition in politics. She shows an article from a conservative website with the headline, “Rachel Maddow mocked Rand Paul for plagiarism, but she’s been accused of it too.” She noted that the article, which included inputs from Senator Paul’s representatives and a statement from an adviser, did not offer any evidence of plagiarism.
Providing evidence for Paul’s plagiarism charge, Maddow referred to articles from the Associated Press and POLITICO.
“It is now going to require more of an explanation,” said Maddow.