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On the July 5 edition of MSNBC's Scarborough County, host Joe Scarborough agreed with New York Post reporter Philip Recchia's assertion that "the big media companies, the publishers, the syndicates" should "look at" evidence that right-wing pundit Ann Coulter committed plagiarism in her book Godless: The Church of Liberalism (Crown Forum, June 2006) and several syndicated columns.
From the July 5 edition of Scarborough Country:
SCARBOROUGH: Is there going to be any backlash for Coulter? Obviously, the controversy only fuels sales for her book. But do you think publishers are going to be a bit more wary in the future if, in fact, these charges of plagiarism linger?
RECCHIA: I think they'd have to, really, and the new revelations that we reported recently, two days ago, were that not only in Godless, in her book are there several alleged instances of plagiarism, but in her syndicated columns there were two more flagrant examples, if you will. One in the Los Angeles Times, in one of Coulter's columns from 2005, she had talked about Supreme Court Justice David Souter and she had -- there are, I think, six passages of 10 to 48 words each that appear in the same order in her column that also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, 15 years earlier. Is that a coincidence? Who knows? But, again, you look at numbers like there's a 100 million-to-one chance that would have occurred. So I think that, you know, the big media companies, the publishers, the syndicates are going to have to, at some point, look at this and take it under their responsibility for, you know, checking for plagiarism, not leaving it up to the author.
SCARBOROUGH: I think you're right. Hey, Philip, thank you so much for being with us.