The company that syndicates Ann Coulter’s column says it has found no evidence the hatemonger plagiarized in her work. (Read about the original allegations here.)
Editor & Publisher:
Universal Press Syndicate said today that it doesn’t think controversial columnist Ann Coulter is guilty of plagiarism.
When reached for reaction to Universal’s statement, the head of the company the New York Post asked to investigate the alleged plagiarism said of some of Coulter’s work: “It is uncited, it is unoriginal, and it does look like plagiarism.” But iParadigms CEO John Barrie emphasized that it’s up to Coulter’s syndicate and book publisher to accept or ignore his company’s findings. “Our technology is not designed to make those judgment calls,” he said of the iThenticate system.
In a statement sent to E&P, Universal President and Editor Lee Salem said: “Last week a software program company official ran Ann Coulter’s columns through a ‘match-text’ program, frequently used by teachers to detect original work. The New York Post cited two columns in which some text matched other published materials and also mentioned three snippets in her book, ‘Godless: The Church of Liberalism.’