If you've been following the saga of Special Assistant to the President Timothy Goeglein today (also here and here), you probably know by now that the editorial team at his hometown newspaper has fired him as a columnist for plagiarism.
Wow. I have undergraduates try that all the time -- and I catch them when they do it.
In fact, I now require all undergraduates to submit their papers in electronic format through a plagiarism-detection website.
And, you know what? A few of them still try to get away with it every year. Sigh.
Anyway, why would Goeglein think he could get away with that?
And, better yet, why do newspapers not have a service like I do that will catch their writers when they plagiarize?