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Editor Goes Toe to Toe with GOP Plagiarist

Hee, hee, hee. I’m still giggling from reading the unfortunately lapsed blog of Don Francis, editor of an unnamed American weekly newspaper. I can’t find reference to exactly what paper that is on the ‘net, but his schtick is to publish the idiotic letters to the editor that he gets, along with his response. His blog’s last post reveals a back-and-forth e-mail exchange between himself and “Richard” from Palo Alto, who tried to pass this piece of Republican Party hack writing as his own, a year after it went out of date:

President Bush has a clear plan for victory in Iraq that begins with training Iraqi forces so they can defend their country and fight the terrorists. We are making tremendous progress towards this objective. Earlier this year, Iraqi forces led the fight in clearing out terrorists during the crucial battle of Tal Afar, with U.S. troops in a supporting role, and every day, Iraqis are taking more control of the situation on the ground. Withdrawing from Iraq, as some Democrats in Washington propose, would send a dangerous signal to our enemies that we cut and run when the going gets tough. President Bush is offering a clear strategy to win, not a political quick fix.

Don writes back to ask, “Did the RNC ask you to forward this to your local news outlets?” In response, “Richard” the plagiarist chides Don for rejecting “his” cut-and-paste copied letter: “You should not censor your readers.” Then he goes on to refer to himself as a “free thinking” sort of guy, calls Don a “fraud” and a “feminized man,” and says of Don “You project your thoughts on everyone.”

Don shoots it right back at Richard:

Ironically (given your diatribe), it is under the Bush Administration that this system has gotten upended. No administration in history, to my knowledge, was caught actually *paying* columnists and journalists to write “opinions” favorable to the administration. This is also the first administration to create phony “news” reports designed to look like real spot TV news, but which actually feature actors reading scripts. And they snuck a gay prostitute posing as a journalist into the White House press corp in order to lob Bush softball questions during press conferences.

Wherever you may be, Don, thanks for the laugh and for sticking up for actual free thought, no matter what sort of “feminized man” you might be.

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