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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.

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  • Jim Spillane

    The guy is an intellectual cripple when it comes down to a war of words between these two. The guy has one hand behind his back, blind in an eye, and just not even on the intellectual rung of the ladder, Rachel is!

    • glogrrl

      In the battle of wits between the two, Paul is unarmed.

  • David William Rutledge

    I never cease to be impressed by Maddow’s intellect, wit and chutzpah. I never cease to be impressed by Paul’s petulance and ignorance. He looks like and is acting a scared kid.

  • Laurie

    I agree with David. Do you recall when Time Magazine and CNN suspended Fareed Zakaria for sections of another writer’s article about gun control? I watched Fareed OWN what he did and apologize for his mistake, unlike Rand Paul who has played the victim card to the end. He should be ashamed.

  • glogrrl

    “Mom!! She’s copying me!”
    Such pearls of wisdom form that mental midget Rand Paul.