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Plagiarism 'all my fault': Goeglein

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More Goeglein plagiarism

Further examination of guest columns from Timothy S. Goeglein found seven more that show evidence of plagiarism - material taken from published work by other authors without attribution. They are detailed below, with the title and date of the Goeglein guest column, followed by the source plagiarized:

"Summer's wasted on pro tennis" - July 3, 1995; "Sporting Gentlemen: Men's Tennis from the Age of Honor to the Cult of the Superstar," a book review by Jeffrey Hart in National Review, June 12, 1995.
"New books showcase Pyle and Coolidge" - March 23, 1998; "Ernie Pyle, On the Level; Bio Chronicles WWII's Common Man," by Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post, June 25, 1997.
"Scarce chivalry indicates fading civilization" - Oct. 9, 1998; "To Hell in a Handbasket," by Fareed Zakaria, The New York Times, April 19, 1998.
"It's time to rediscover George Washington" - Feb. 12, 1999; "George Washington and the Founding of Democracy," by Seymour Martin Lipset, Journal of Democracy, October 1998.
"Duke Ellington: the voice of American music" - June 10, 1999; "Duke Ellington, Evermore," by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, April 11, 1999.
"In Fort Wayne, summer and parks go together" - July 5, 1999; "TENNIS; Sampras and Graf Seek Grandeur at Wimbledon," by Robin Finn, The New York Times, June 21, 1999.
"November offers lessons if we'll look for them" - Nov. 11, 1999; "The Modernist from Maine," by Ben Sonnenberg, The New York Times, July 18, 1999, and "In Great Deeds Something Abides," a review by Woody West, Insight on the News, Aug. 16, 1999.

Source: News-Sentinel research

News-Sentinel found at least 27 guest columns used others' material.

Monday, March 3, 2008 - 6:53 pm

Further investigation by The News-Sentinel has found evidence of plagiarism in seven more guest columns from former White House aide Timothy S. Goeglein.

Contacted Sunday, the Fort Wayne native attributed the plagiarism to shortcomings in his character: "Pride. Vanity. It's all my fault. It's inexcusable. What I did is wrong. I categorically apologize."

Until Friday, Goeglein was special assistant to President Bush and public liaison deputy director. Early Friday morning, Michigan blogger and former News-Sentinel columnist Nancy Nall posted excerpts of a Thursday guest column by Goeglein and nearly identical paragraphs from a 10-year-old essay in the Dartmouth Review by Jeffrey Hart. Less than 12 hours later, after The News-Sentinel found plagiarism in 20 of 38 columns dating to 2000, Goeglein resigned.

An examination of 39 more guest columns from Goeglein published during the 1990s turned up seven that pulled material from earlier-published sources without attribution, including another from Hart.

Evidence of plagiarism appears as early as 1995. During 1998 and 1999, six of 15 guest columns written by Goeglein were plagiarized. In 1998, he was press secretary for former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats. In 1999, he was communications director for The Campaign for Working Families in Washington, D.C.

Goeglein's guest columns were unsolicited submissions to the editorial page. He was not paid, and there were no deadlines for their completion, News-Sentinel Editor Kerry Hubartt said. Hubartt announced Friday the newspaper will no longer publish columns from Goeglein.

In multiple e-mails to The New-Sentinel on Friday, Goeglein, 44, apologized for his actions. "I am more apologetic than you know, and from my heart. Please know how deeply sorry I am," he wrote to Editorial Page Editor Leo Morris.

On Sunday, Goeglein said, "I have no plans at this point." His responsibilities in the president's administration ended Friday with his resignation, he said.