San Juan Capistrano’s conservative councilman Derek Reeve, a “pinhead” for naming one of his dogs “Mohammad” according to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, may be a plagiarist. HT to the SJC Patch for this story, which compares and constrasts Reeve’s conservative writings with passages lifted nearly verbatum from other publications.
Reeve told Patch.com that he may have “accidentally mixed his research with his prose,” but Patch.com found multiple examples where passages are lifted without attribution. They’ve asked Reeve for an explanation and several days have passed without a response from Reeve.
From the Patch.com story (see Derek, this is called “attribution”):
In one case, an entire post submitted by Reeve matched content from other publications. In others, as much as two-thirds of Reeve’s essays were a patchwork of paragraphs identical to material written by newspaper columnists and reporters for such publications as The Oregonian and The Hill.
All told, Patch found dozens and dozens of such passages, including this paragraph from a post Reeve submitted Sept. 6 about E-Verify:
In lower-immigration states, U.S. citizens still harvest crops, mow lawns, wash windows, and flip burgers. But in California, a huge supply of illegal labor has driven wages for these kinds of jobs so low that it is disproportionately illegal immigrants who are willing to take them.
It appears to be nearly identical to this passage from a July 16 guest column by Richard F. LaMountain for oregonlive.com:
In Vermont, North Dakota, and other lower-immigration states, U.S. citizens still harvest crops, mow lawns, wash windows, and flip burgers. But in many other places, a huge supply of illegal labor has driven wages for these kinds of jobs so low that it is disproportionately illegal immigrants, any more, who are willing to take them.
Initially, Reeve said the duplication “was not intentional,” and that he must have mixed his research with his own prose. Eleven days ago, when presented with more passages from multiple blog posts, Reeve promised to respond to Patch’s questions. He never did so, even after additional requests for comment.
At Concordia University, one of two local colleges where Reeve teaches political science, the employee handbook says: “Plagiarism may be unintentional or intentional. Both are serious academic violations.”
Concordia warns students and faculty not to copy and paste information from any electronic source without fully documenting that material, nor are they allowed to “call it their own because they have altered it in some minor way.”
A university spokeswoman did not return messages seeking comment for this story.
There are several more examples in the SJCPatch story.
Before the Muhammad the Dog story, in which gave a conflcited at best excuse for using it as an example of free speech instead of intolerance towards Muslims, Reeve was best known for advocating for a change in local gun laws to allow residents to pack unloaded weapons in SJC public parks.