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NY Politician Plagiarizes Comcast in Support of Comcast Merger
by Karl Bode 08:18AM Monday Aug 18 2014
Stop the Cap amusingly notes how New York State Assembly Leader Joe Morelle's enthusiastic support of Comcast's Time Warner Cable merger was so enthusiastic -- his letter of support sent to the New York Public Service Commission copies previous Comcast statements on the merger almost verbatim. "They provided a draft letter of support for our consideration. We made several edits of the letter. This is common practice for any organization asking for an elected official’s support to provide a sample letter," insists Morelle's office when asked about the plagiarism from local news outlets. They're right -- this has been common practice for a decade; it's just that usually the politicians in question at least pretend to be having original and unique thoughts.

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Packeteers
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technophobes

when you are a technologically illiterate legislator, it's helpful when the lobbying group you are backing writes the script out for you.
it's all part of their new "premium graft service package", sort of like getting HBO included with your triple play comcastic package

IowaCowboy
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I bet politicians get free cable

I bet politician get free cable with all premium channels and the highest tier internet.

Not if I were an elected official, if I were elected mayor of Springfield I look for a reason to pull the franchise of Comcast in the city.
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Stop the Comcast-Time Warner merger, I'd rather Time Warner buy out Comcast.

davidc502

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Mount Juliet, TN
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Re: I bet politicians get free cable

IMHO they do as well as the security suite.
Youko

join:2004-01-14
Saint Paul Park, MN
(D-MN) Amy Klobuchar paid full price for her cable package when I saw the Comcast account in 2007. As did the governor's mansion, I believe their monthly bill was over 500. Support was handled by business though, not residential (high profile client and whatnot).

battleop

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Pot, kettle, black

"Morelle's office when asked about the plagiarism from local news outlets."

Journalists never do this?

This should not be taken as support for the politician.
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PlusOne

@66.249.83.x

Re: Pot, kettle, black

said by battleop:

"Morelle's office when asked about the plagiarism from local news outlets."

Journalists never do this?

This should not be taken as support for the politician.

This is std procedure for pols and news outlets. They get a suggested news release from third parties and then treat the item as their own. This has been going on since the 1800s. To call it plagiarism is ludicrous. It would only be plagiarism if done without the consent of the originator of the press release.
MDBill
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Kensington, MD

Re: Pot, kettle, black

said by PlusOne :

It would only be plagiarism if done without the consent of the originator of the press release.

Time to brush up on the definition of plagiarism...

Merriam Webster,

"the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own"
Obtaining the consent of the originator has nothing to do with it. Marquette University sums up this point nicely,

"Misleading your instructor and other readers about the source of your work constitutes plagiarism even if you have permission of the original author to do so..."
»www.marquette.edu/wac/neutral/Wh···sm.shtml

Emphasis added.

PlusOne

@73.160.110.x

Re: Pot, kettle, black

said by MDBill:

said by PlusOne :

It would only be plagiarism if done without the consent of the originator of the press release.

Time to brush up on the definition of plagiarism...

Merriam Webster,

"the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own"
Obtaining the consent of the originator has nothing to do with it. Marquette University sums up this point nicely,

"Misleading your instructor and other readers about the source of your work constitutes plagiarism even if you have permission of the original author to do so..."
»www.marquette.edu/wac/neutral/Wh···sm.shtml

Emphasis added.

Academic enforcement of a technical definition of plagiarism has little application in the real world outside ivy covered walls.
en103

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Almost sounds like ....

The same way that bills are written. They aren't written by politicians, but written by those that have the most to gain/lose by it.
Having original thoughts mean that the puppets/politicians needs to know what's going on. The industry does... that's why they craft these letters and bills to their interest with a nice political campaign donation.

MonnyTawks

@166.137.92.x

Politicians for Sale

A dime a dozen. A dime for Comcast at least. Who would have thought it...
The people in his district that will lose their jobs as a result of the merger obviously don't matter.

Rogue Wolf
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Troy, NY

Re: Politicians for Sale

Well, if they'd gotten together and offered a bigger bribe- uhh, I mean contribution....
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