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Thursday, Jul 6, 2006, 8:28 am

Coulter’s Plagiarism Getting Noticed

By Brian Zick

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Justin Rood at TPM Muckraker interviewed John Barrie, the expert cited by the NY Post when it reported on noxious Ann Coulter's "textbook plagiarism." Barrie uses a computer program which "reads" digital scans of text. The NY Post scanned Coulter's book and the last 12 months of her columns for Barrie to analyze.

Justin says:
It didn't take long to find evidence of plagiarism, Barrie said. "After we found three in the book, we called it quits. I think we found four of her syndicated columns that had problems." But the task proved draining, he said -- on himself, not his technology. "After combing through Ann Coulter for a while, it doesn't take long before you want to call it quits. I want to prove the technology, but I don't want to make my eyes bleed."

Justin also notes:
Barrie confirmed that Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes Coulter's columns to over 100 newspapers around the country, called him twice yesterday. UPS' Kathie Kerr had told me yesterday that they want to review a copy of Barries "report" before making a comment.

Justin links to video of Barrie's appearance on the Keith Olbermann show.

And just to remind, it was the Rude Pundit with the original reporting on Coulter's thievery.
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