Amazon may be the biggest troublemaker in politics, and Daniel Marans at the New York Times says the New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, “plagiarized a Harvard professor’s textbook for the paperback version of his memoir, `Once There Was A Country,’ written while he was governor,” which he had the public pay for. Marans has an added wrinkle: unlike most recent rumors about, say, Stacey Abrams, Ford, etc., this is an outright accusation against a Republican – a popular Democratic one, too, from a guy who was the author of the book.
Asked about the plagiarism allegation in an interview this week, Cuomo said he was “embarrassed, deeply so,” but otherwise gave no further explanation. But a Cuomo spokeswoman said this week that the book would be returned to Amazon – and a spokesman for the retailer said Amazon was considering refunding the book fees as a form of restitution.
The verbal parsing here needs to be noted. “…widely credited” – is that on the basis of Marans’s reporting or the study used? The adjective “fabricated” suggests that you’re essentially inventing something to justify a grade you earned in school. Was Marans’ … well, let’s say it was Marans’ reporting that showed “serious concerns” over Cuomo’s plagiarism?
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