Oops! Big-Name ‘Scholar’ Caught Cheating

Historian Jon Meacham on the 2020 Presidential Election - KQED

He must be smart, he’s on TV!

What would you think if I wrote glowing reviews of my own books, without disclosing that the author and the reviewer were the same person? Of course, the name on the cover would give me away; but what if my name weren’t on the cover? What if you didn’t know I wrote the books I was reviewing?

Well, who cares what I do? But then there’s Jon Meacham–presidential historian, Pulitzer Humbug Prize winner, former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, and commentator on MSNBC–I mean, wow, what a superstar!

This weekend Meacham came on the air to praise doddering Joe Biden’s “acceptance speech”–he thinks he’s the president–without telling anyone that he, Jon Meacham, wrote the blasted thing. Ouch! That was embarrassing even for MSNBC, and it takes some doing to embarrass them. Meacham has not been fired, but he will no longer be paid for his contributions. How is that not “fired”? Beats me.

Are TV noozies ever honest? Do they ever tell the truth? Certainly not on purpose. But then the guy wasn’t going to stand in front of the camera and say, “Wasn’t that a brilliant speech by Biden? I wrote it, you know! Aren’t I the freakin’ berries?”

O Lord, bring then down in their arrogance, and destroy them in their pride!

4 comments on “Oops! Big-Name ‘Scholar’ Caught Cheating

  1. You must admit, though, that there’s something almost deliciously circuitous about a plagiarist delivering as his own a speech written by a plagiarist who has actually plagiarized from himself.

    I keep remembering something one of my commanders once said of one of his own commanders: “That man wouldn’t do anything in a straight line if he could find even the most out-of-the-way crooked line.”

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