Fighting plagiarism at journalism schools

Ellin Bessner, J-Source |

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speechwriters did it. So did Senator Barack Obama’s running mate. Joe Biden had to drop out of the presidential race back in the 1980s for lifting parts of speeches from other politicians, and delivering them as his own words.

The initial uproar in the North American media over the plagiarism accusations during both Canadian and U.S. presidential election campaigns prompted temporary public storms, but has since all but disappeared from the headlines.  For Harper and the Conservatives, the issue certainly didn’t impact his return to power on October 14. And it probably won’t make a difference to the Democrats’ chances in November south of the border.