Remember when Rand Paul seemed to be reading a speech about Gattaca swiped directly from Wikipedia?
As the Senator explains here, he did give credit during his speech—to the movie Gattaca, for the Gattaca plot lines he referenced.
Which does not at all answer the question: Why did Paul's words almost exactly match the Gattaca Wikipedia entry?
But hey, look! Over there: "Haters!"
And over there! People who think speeches should be footnoted!
And over there! "Enemies."
Whatever. Time to settle this with a Slog poll:
Is it simply that the act of claiming the words as your own constitutes plagiarism, or do you have to be stealing it from someone?
Paul should have given Wikipedia credit, but it is not the same as direct lifting of an author's content.
What next, rabid anti-LGBT Evangelical Christians claiming to be a persecuted minority?
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