Tim Goeglein is a friend of this weblog.
Nancy Nall is a friend of this weblog.
Neither is the friend of the other and certainly will never be after a weblog post by Ms. Nall posted at 7:38 AM this morning that has now been picked up by Paul Kiel of the Talking Points Memo. Mr. Kiel says he has placed calls to both the News-Sentinel and The White House seeking comment.
Ms. Nall asserts that Mr. Goeglein lifted parts of a recent News-Sentinel column from work that appeared in the Dartmouth Review.
Regretfully, this contretemps is likely to become a national story. Mr. Goeglein has done much for his community and state in his positions in Washington.
Within the last hour, The News-Sentinel posted the following on its editorial page:
To our readers:
Tim Goeglein, former Fort Wayne resident and now a special assistant to President George Bush, has been accused of plagiarism over a guest column about education that we carried on our editorial page on Thursday. While we look into the matter, we have taken the column down from our Web site. We are also checking out previous guest columns of Mr. Goeglein’s that we published. We will promptly report what we find.
UPDATE: Mr. Goeglein has admitted to the plagiarism in a Journal Gazette story by Sylvia Smith.
UPDATE: Published by the News-Sentinel at 12:21 PM -
Feb. 29, 2008 - 12:21 pm EDT
Timothy S. Goeglein, former Fort Wayne resident and now a special assistant to President George Bush, has been accused of plagiarism over a guest column about education The News-Sentinel published on our editorial page on Thursday.
Goeglein has admitted that portions of the column were used from another source without attribution. He has apologized to the editors of The News-Sentinel and also said there may be other previous columns he has written for The News-Sentinel that also may contain plagiarized material. We have found material in at least two other previous guest columns lifted from other sources without attribution and are continuing to check other previous submissions.
It is The News-Sentinel's policy that all writers attribute sources of the information they use for publication. Guest columns are not solicited by The News-Sentinel nor paid. As with letters to the editor, they are submissions from the public, used at the discretion of our newspaper and reflect the opinion of the writers and not necessarily of The News-Sentinel.
The News-Sentinel will report further on this in Saturday's newspaper and online. We will not publish writings by Goeglein in the future.