Congressional candidate admits plagiarizing on Patch

The Day | Madison Patch

Daria Novak, who is running for a Connecticut congressional seat, says she copied published material for blog posts she wrote for several eastern Connecticut Patch sites because "when I read material from multiple sources, and have multiple people emailing me without attributions, I assume the material was in the public domain." Novak's campaign site includes what it calls her "Impressive Personal Bio," which says she received an M.A. from the University of Southern California and cites several postgraduate credentials that are indeed impressive, including work toward a Ph.D. (Did rules about citation never come up in those pursuits?)

According to Madison Patch's Elissa Bass, Novak cribbed from a Washington Times editorial and a piece, "America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President," written by revisionist Christian historian David Barton. Bass writes that Novak offered to pull her posts for review, but "Patch's platform doesn't allow users to remove blogging submissions once they're published." Only Patch editors can do that, and Novak's posts have been removed from the "Local Voices" platform. Novak will continue to blog on her campaign's site, she tells The Day's JC Reindl. || Related: Booted for plagiarism, California columnist finds his Patch | Middletown Press reporter plagiarizes local Patch site

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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