Thursday, August 23, 2012

UPDATE: Ed Jones: A man of many words, not all of them his

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM

The Gazette has apparently, without comment, removed the Feb. 20 column by Jones. (Or, at least, the link brings back a 404 error now.) To see a cached version of the piece, click here.

——— ORIGINAL POST, 5:28 P.M. ——-

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On Tuesday, the Gazette issued a short statement saying that contributor Ed Jones, the former state senator and El Paso County commissioner, "failed to attribute phrases the author says he obtained in the course of research." Apparently, Jones was going to properly credit the author of the ideas in his now-pulled column (cached version here) but didn't.

Looking at the original piece from onecitizenspeaking.com, it seems the majority of the lifted material comes from its first half.

For instance, Jones writes:

Many in the minority community took advantage of the relaxed lending rules to purchase properties they clearly could not afford. They would buy homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars with little or no money down, at extremely low interest rates. They were counting on a rising real estate market to make their fortune.

Here's the original ("which contains no author’s full name" other than the moniker "steve," write the truth-diggers at the Gazette, but which a five-second Google search suggests is probably Stephen Richard Levin Levine with Franzel Enterprises, the company that registered the site).

Many in the minority community took advantage of the lax lending conditions to purchase properties which they clearly could not afford. Hairdressers and causal laborers purchasing homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars with little or no money down and extremely low teaser — counting on a rising real estate market to make their fortune.

The hits keep rolling, but you get the gist.

The person who brought this to light, apparently, is a man who'd like to be known as Ziggy Rainbeaux. Mr. Rainbeaux tracked down the phrases and sites, then apparently called the G and spoke with editor Wayne Laugesen, who said, after review, that no other pieces of Jones' were found to contain outside work. (We've written Laugesen and Jones for comment, and will update if we hear back.)

Of course, now Rainbeaux says he's found more cases of appropriation without attribution.

• There's the quick, one-sentence rip-offs, like from a CNN piece about Wisconsin politics that Jones uses verbatim, when he describes Americans for Prosperity as "a conservative advocacy group built around many of the same principles as the tea party."

• There's a 2011 column, where a large part of the opening

In “A Plan for Peace” she proposed a congressional department to “apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”

Sanger’s ideology led to the creation of Planned Parenthood in 1916.

is a riff on this Lipstick Alley post:

In “A Plan for Peace” she proposed a congressional department to “apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring), which was originally named The American Birth Control League, became Planned Parenthood.

• And there's the most egregious example: this post, on sickofliberals.com, which focuses on the poverty levels of various cities and the Democratic governments that frequently oversee them.

Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats—and yet they are still poor…

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they cannot and should for themselves.“
Abraham Lincoln

So what does Jones "write" on Feb. 20, 2012?

Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats, yet they are still poor. This is what scares me as I look toward this November’s election.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage earner down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should for themselves.”

Of course, Lincoln never said that.

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