November 6, 2013

The Washington Times | The Washington Post

The Washington Times reported Tuesday it was dropping Sen. Rand Paul’s weekly column after a series of plagiarism allegations.

The newspaper said it had reviewed the lawmaker’s columns and op-ed pieces and had printed a correction to a Sept. 20 column lacking an attribution to a portion that originally appeared in The Week.

Paul and the paper “mutually agreed to end” his Friday column, the newspaper said.

The senator took personal responsibility for lapses in his writings that were attributed to staffers providing material that was not correctly footnoted, the paper reported.

Times Editor John Solomon said the paper expects columnists like Paul to turn in original work and attribute properly:

“We also appreciate the original insights he has shared with our readers over the last few months and look forward to future contributions from Sen. Paul and any other members of Congress who take the time to help educate our readers,” Mr. Solomon said.

The Washington Post said the column is the latest in a series of plagiarism allegations that have been reported dealing with the senator’s speeches and book.

“MSNBC first reported on the plagiarism allegations last week, followed by BuzzFeed and Politico,” the Post wrote.

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