By: Dave Astor
Universal Press Syndicate has requested a copy of a report about Ann Coulter’s alleged plagiarism, according to a post on the TPMmuckraker.com blog. Meanwhile, in her latest column, Coulter has hit back at the newspaper that aired the latest plagiarism charges — but did not refute them.
The report was conducted by John Barrie, creator of the iThenticate plagiarism-probing system. A New York Post story this Sunday said Barrie found several examples of alleged plagiarism in Coulter’s new “Godless” book as well as in her Universal column.
Universal Director of Communications Kathie Kerr, when contacted by E&P, said she called Barrie on Wednesday morning and left him a message asking him for a copy of his report. “Once we see a copy of the report, we’ll be happy to comment on the findings,” she added. “We take allegations of plagiarism very seriously.” E&P has also left a message for Barrie, who appeared on MSNBC late Wesnesday.
There he explained that the Post had asked his company to put Coulter’s book and the past 12 months of columns through his program. But his staffers stopped before completing the task–“we gave up after awhile, we’d seen enough,” he explained. The many examples added up to “advanced plagiarism,” he said, the kind of stuff that would “flunk any English student.”
The alleged plagiarism is the latest development in a tempestuous 2006 for Coulter. Universal distributes Coulter’s column to more than 100 newspapers.
Today, the latest installment of Coulter’s column takes aim at the New York Post, although her July 5 piece doesn’t mention the Post’s July 2 plagiarism story.
Coulter wrote: “Once considered a legitimate daily, the Post has been reduced to tabloid status best known for Page Six’s breathless accounts of Paris Hilton’s latest ruttings, and headlines like ‘Vampire Teen — H.S. Girl Is Out for Blood.’ How crappy a newspaper is the Post? Let me put it this way: It’s New York’s second-crappiest paper.”
Of course, the Post could hardly be “reduced to tabloid status” since it is, in fact, a tabloid.
She added: “Maybe the Post’s constant harassment of me is an attempt to shake me down for protection money like they did with billionaire businessman Ron Burkle. I have sold a LOT of books — more books, come to think of it, than any writers at the New York Post.”