Trump staffer admits plagiarism

Meredith MvIver, a staff writer for the Trump Organisation, has taken responsibility for the speech plagiarism, but she won’t be fired (publicly at least).

There was a political furore after Melania Trump’s speech when it was discovered that some parts of the speech repeated verbatim parts of a  speech by Michelle Obama in 2008. This overshadowed what was otherwise seen as a good speech on the opening day of the Republican Party convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

See NBC News: Trump Campaign Struggles to Manage Melania Trump Speech Fallout

“Not paying attention to details — that costs elections,” a source close to the campaign, who requested anonymity to speak freely, told NBC News.

Top Trump aide Paul Manafort responded erratically to the news, framing the story as overblown, as unimportant to the candidate, and later as part of a partisan conspiracy targeting Mrs. Trump.

Manafort first told CBS News there was “no cribbing” of Obama’s speech and minimized the issue’s relevance.

In an interview with NBC News later that morning, Manafort said Mr. Trump was “very pleased with last night.”

Later, Manafort accused Hillary Clinton of manufacturing the plagiarism story.

Mr. Trump, who praised her “absolutely incredible” speech on Twitter last night, is unlikely to tolerate an error that cuts so close to his relationship with his wife.

But someone has owned up to the ‘mistake’ and it looks like they won’t be fired.

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She says she wrote down phrases given to her by Melania Trump and included them in the speech. This means that Ms Trump was aware of where they came from. So it’s perhaps not surprising that MvIver is not being sacked because that would look awkward for Ms Trump.

CNN: Trump aide offers resignation in Melania Trump plagiarism incident

McIver said she “asked” to put out a statement because she was concerned about how the controversy was “distracting from Mr. Trump’s historic campaign for president and Melania’s beautiful message and presentation.”

The Trump campaign has refused to acknowledge the incident as plagiarism, instead slamming the media and insisting it was moving on, with no plans to fire any staffers.

Donald Trump, for his part, pressed forward with the strategy of attacking the media as late as an hour before the campaign statement Wednesday.

“The media is spending more time doing a forensic analysis of Melania’s speech than the FBI spent on Hillary’s emails,” Trump said in a tweet.

McIver has served as a ghostwriter for the Trumps in the past, helping Donald Trump write some of his books, including “Trump: Think Like a Billionaire.”

The New York Times identified McIver as a former ballet dancer and English major.

There has been concern and criticism expressed about the lack of professionalism in the Trump campaign for months. Experienced campaigners, including Republicans, have said that plagiarism was a fundamental no-no in  political speech writing.

Yesterday Donald Trump was officially nominated as the Republican presidential candidate. He is expected to officially accept this at the convention on Friday.

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  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  21st July 2016

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    • Not just ‘liberal media’:

      “It just shouldn’t have happened,” said Matt Latimer, a White House speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

      Across the country, slack-jawed Republican political operatives and speechwriters expressed expletive-laden bewilderment at the organizational breakdown allowing such an episode to occur.

      In interviews, alarmed Republican speechwriters outlined the layers of formal scrutiny, apparently disregarded by the Trump campaign, traditionally applied to almost every draft of a major convention address. They described word-by-word fact-checking by a dedicated team of experts and computer software designed to catch plagiarism. Several online programs, like DupliChecker, are available at no cost.

      “It’s pretty standard,” Mr. Stevens said of the software, which detects overlap in word choice and sentence structure. “We used it.”

      An urgent priority: avoiding the slightest hint of oratorical theft.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/us/politics/melania-trump-convention-speech.html

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    • Not just ‘liberal media’ – Fox News insider: O’Reilly: ‘Whoever Wrote Melania Trump’s Speech Should Be Fired’

      On “The Factor” tonight, Bill O’Reilly said whoever was responsible for writing Melania’s speech “should be fired.”

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    • Zedd

       /  21st July 2016

      at least Hillary seems to have a brain of her own.. :/

      Mrs Drumpf looks like a brainless, barbie doll ! 😀

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  21st July 2016

        And compared to The Donald, even Bill looks to have a brain of his own as well 😮

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st July 2016

      Is that Wayne ?

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st July 2016

      The picture of Hillary Clinton, which is unlikely to be a real one, shows the depths to which some people will sink. It’s spiteful, nasty and vicious and I can’t believe that anyone would show their real nature by not only making it but reprinting it. The one purportedly of Bill Clinton also sinks to new depths. Made by the dirty-minded for the dirty-minded.

      Sniggering schoolyard humour has been around forever, of course, but one of the bad sides of the internet is that the grubby-minded brigade can now display their grubby-mindedness for all to see. They are too stupid to see that this says more about them than about the subject of it, whoever that happens to be.

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  2. duperez

     /  21st July 2016

    Thursday: Zedd
    “I heard that fool; Smith (on ZB) say its just a common use of words.. no plagarism. Obviously he has not heard the two speeches (side by side) OR he is such a ‘Drumpf-ite’ he refuses to hear anything negative against him ?!”

    I don’t listen to ZB. Maybe Zedd will report back on the style of the Smith comment today about the Trump speech.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st July 2016

      Oh yes, I believe that it’s a common use of words-I don’t think. If it had been something like ‘all children should be able to reach their potential’ it might have been passed off as this.

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  3. Corky

     /  21st July 2016

    Here’s the problem. I recently logged on to a You Tube clip that had adult only content. I logged on slower than usual because I was holding a sprout roll in my other hand( ok, a fugging doughnut) . Up popped a window stating this: “there is something funny about your
    log in, please provide a telephone number so we can confirm your identity.

    I was caught by one of the new generation algorithms that takes many subtle factors into consideration before allowing a sign-in. In my case the issue was ” speed.”

    Surely Meredith McIver must have realised every speech at the Republican convention would be run through plagiarism software by the Democrats, even if in this case that probably wasn’t necessary.

    This women obviously has no conception of how devious and unforgiving liberals are.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st July 2016

      No, Corky, I can’t agree. My guess is that she was asked to take the blame….with someone making that rubbing fingers sign. You know the one I mean. Meredith McIver-if she exists-may very well never have to work again.

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      • Gezza

         /  21st July 2016

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  21st July 2016

          Not that blatant 😀 I was thinking of the age-old finger-thumb rubbing sign. It’s hard to describe, but you know the one I mean.

          ‘We need someone to put their name to this…..’ (the speaker is poker-faced, but they are making the old sign that means money to be handed over in one direction or the other, depending upon context)

          They probably wouldn’t even need to do that, just say it very meaningly ! 😀

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      • Corky

         /  21st July 2016

        You may be right, Kitty. The conservative way is the best way. Retirement to the Bahamas, and toy boys for life.

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  4. Pete Kane

     /  21st July 2016

    Still at least they still one despite the ‘stable hand’ muck up.
    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-news/watch/the-gop-race-as-called-by-legendary-announcer-728865347542

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  5. Pete Kane

     /  21st July 2016

    One was a pun – well that’s my story.

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  6. Zedd

     /  21st July 2016

    I heard on Al Jazeera.. allegations; ‘Meredith McIver’ is likely an alias.. to distract from their embarrassment & AMATEURish political style. 😦

    btw; ‘duperez’…. I dont often listen to ZB.. I just had it on, at that time. BUT not today ! :/

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    • Pete Kane

       /  21st July 2016

      ZB – part of the Fox News Foreign Legion, South Pacific Division.

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  7. Gezza

     /  21st July 2016

    I thought it might be all blowing over by now but it still seems to be a major headline item for media.

    The Donald’s acceptance speech on Friday had better be a doozy – and I’m betting it will be !

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  8. Kitty Catkin

     /  21st July 2016

    If anyone could be bothered to find out who M McM is, they would either find that she doesn’t exist or that she has just had a very nice windfall from an unnamed source that has allowed to take very early retirement and live very nicely, thank you, for the rest of her life.

    I wonder what would happen if it was proved that she didn’t exist.

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    • Pete Kane

       /  21st July 2016

      She’s a former ballet dancer with a Masters in English, who has spent much/some of the last few years as a ghost writer for various members of the Trump family’s (including Daddy) various ‘ self writing’ projects.

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  21st July 2016

        Oh for *Christ’s Sake* PK…..wot don’t you understand??

        Kitzy has told us twice here already, *she does not exist* !!

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        • Pete Kane

           /  21st July 2016

          Sorry.

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          • Zedd

             /  21st July 2016

            actually its only allegations.. ‘she doesn’t exist’ OR its an alias for an actual writer, to hide behind ? :/

            I think there are calls for either Ms McIver OR the real writer to ‘please stand up’ !

            Wheres your credibility ‘Team Drumpf’ ???? 😦 😀

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  21st July 2016

            I said no such thing-needless to say. But it seems that I need to spell this out.How tiresome.

            Saying that someone MAY not exist is not the same as saying that they DO not. I have no way of knowing whether she exists or is a made-up scapegoat.

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            • Nelly Smickers

               /  21st July 2016

              You just reminded me of something *Sister Mary Ignatius* used to tell us Kitzy XD

            • Klik Bate

               /  21st July 2016

              The best minute of time spent today 😀

              A brilliant little clip that’s right on the nail!

  9. David

     /  21st July 2016

    People are still not getting Trump in the slightest. The chance of this being an oversight is very low indeed, just look at the headlines it has achieve for almost no effort or expenditure……

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