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Buzzfeed: Dr. Ben Carson Plagarized Parts Of His Book

After his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013 exploded on YouTube, the book sold 46,000 copies in six weeks, the Times reported.
Buzzfeed: Dr. Ben Carson Plagarized Parts Of His Book
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Via Buzzfeed. Hey, he's a doctor and a Fox News regular! The guy is too busy for all that attributing and stuff!

Several sections of potential Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s 2012 book America the Beautiful were plagiarized from various sources, BuzzFeed News has found.

In many cases Carson cites the works that he plagiarizes in endnotes, though he makes no effort to indicate that not just the source, but the words themselves, had been taken from different authors.

The case is similar to a 2013 report from BuzzFeed News that found Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul plagiarized in his book while citing the works he copied in the footnotes. Paul’s book was eventually updated to include attribution.

In one instance, Carson cites wholesale from an old website that has been online since at least 2002, Socialismsucks.net.

In another example, he plagiarizes from two authors whose works he mentions in passing at earlier points in the book: Cleon Skousen, a conservative historian who died in 2006, and Bill Federer, another conservative historian, who Carson thanks in the acknowledgements for helping get his book published.

Carson’s book sold less than 1,000 copies when it was first published in 2012, according to the New York Times’ 2013 profile of Carson. After his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013 exploded on YouTube the book sold 46,000 copies in six weeks, the Times reported.

Carson recently said a decision on a 2016 presidential run is coming before May, and has previously said “the chances are reasonably good” that he will run for president.


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