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Rachel Maddow and Rand Paul are back to trading blows, with Maddow calling out Paul for plagiarism. This certainly isn’t anything new between the television host and the Kentucky senator. They have been at heated odds for years.

The Christian Science Monitor says Paul is in big trouble if he decides to throw his hat into the 2016 presidential campaign. He, however, has tried (rather unsuccessfully, according to most people) downplaying his plagiarism, attributing it to the way a high school student might become too comfortable with the convenience of Wikipedia.

Maddow was the first person to report instances of Rand Paul’s plagiarism in his speeches. Multiple media outlets followed suit, by uncovering similar instances in other speeches.

“The terrible hometown press that Rand Paul is getting right now might explain why the senator is melting down over this issue,” Maddow said. “Now he’s come to the point where he is threatening to quit and leave politics altogether unless people stop criticizing him over his plagiarism problems and reporting on them.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/rachel-maddow-rand-paul-plagiarism-accusations-99516.html#ixzz2kMOZhlXw
Lest Americans forget, however, then-Senator Joe Biden was caught plagiarizing and the result was his withdrawal from the 1988 presidential campaign. Oh, boy. Look where he is now.

Rachel Maddow is absolutely right for calling out Rand Paul. If politicians can lie their way into the White House, then where is the United States headed? Oh, wait–that happens on a pretty regular basis these days. Still she should be commended for her attempt at instilling truth into government.

Time magazine has highlighted some of the goings-on between Rachel Maddow and Rand Paul in the past few years. One interesting example follows.

“I think you’re an intelligent person. I like being on your show. But I think that — what is the totality of what I’m saying? Am I a bad person? Do I believe in awful things? No, I really think that discrimination and racism is a horrible thing and I don’t want any form of it in our government, in our public sphere,” Paul said to Maddow on her show back in 2010.

Should Rachel Maddow and Rand Paul simply agree to disagree? Absolutely not! She needs to lean on him hard–as do other talk show hosts and reporters–until the truth is fully revealed.

In defense of Rand Paul, however, his office has admitted that some material in some of his speeches wasn’t properly vetted. They are pledging to use a new process in his speechwriting from this point on.

In addition, Paul and his staff call Rachel Maddow’s accusations politically motivated. She has also been dubbed the footnote police.

Photo via Wikimedia

Rachel Maddow and Rand Paul Trading Blows Again
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  • Morris

    Rachel likes to sniff vaginas, so what can she possibly say that makes any normal sense? She’s not normal. She’s gay. Gay is not normal, and will never be.

    • RSantell

      Yo Morris, you’re a funny guy, funny like a circus clown with a red nose and big floppy shoes, you amuse us with your stupidity.

      • Guy Duval

        He must have met you.

    • barry worshoufsky

      Morris talk like that shows what kind of an idiot or bigot you are. Crawl back into your hole and stay there.

    • http://AT&T Ira

      Morris, your unusual/not normal crudity reflects strongly on your comment. I am not gay; yet, I would never begrudge anyone from seeking what they define as happiness. The world is just too small for discrimination of any kind. I have found that it is a lot easier living in this world if I am not afraid of what might be lurking around every corner.

    • Peggy Johnson

      Morris, thank you for your comment. It pretty much sums up what I’ve been saying for years. The average stupidity of Americans today is hovering just above that of squirrels (sorry to you squirrel lovers out there). You can read an article and go on a stupid rant about something entirely different or answer a different question than that which was asked. The fact is that Ms. Maddow and her team pointed out outright plagiarism plain and simple. It’s rather sad that someone who IS intelligent took an easy road and copied and spoke another’s work as if it was his own. What’s sadder is that a typical homosexual hater such as yourself felt the need to show the world just how stupid you are. Awesome job sir. I only wish that I had your address so I could bring you a cake because you surely took it and deserve a prize.

      • johnsnare

        Well said Peggy. No need for my comment. You nailed it beautifully.

    • John Franquelli

      But being Morris is?

    • eric

      She can’t help it if you smell like what you are..pu$$y.

    • http://kathrynischinger.net Kathryn

      This is for Morris. Unlike RSantell, I am unamused by your stupidity and your hatefulness. You need to get a clue and start living in the 21st century. Rachel Maddow is quite normal. It is you who are A COMPLETE WASTE OF SKIN.

    • johnsnare

      Not sure what her sexuality has to do with the story.

    • Ronald

      RM is a dit-head who believes she is intellectually above us all with her diatribes “slicing up” conservatives. You’re so ridiculous, RM, that you make a stupid SNL skit mocking conservative politicians look like there might actually be substance behind it. (Oh please, Rachael, leads us out of the darkness.) Only a self-absorbed narcissist like yourself,RM, would actually believe the crap that passes through and out of your lips. (Maybe the person that should really be ridiculed is your father.) Your foolish ramblings remind me of the big-mouthed frog joke. (Ask me.) By the way, how are your ratings coming along, RM?

  • Mike Blevins

    Too bad Rachel Maddow and the rest of the liberal media weren’t and aren’t as meticulous about keeping an eye on Barack Obama. If they had practiced this kind of nose hair splitting examination of the president back in 2008 and again in 2012, he would not be president today.

    Oh, but that was the idea, wasn’t it?

    • http://yahoo dianrib

      Maddow HAS called out Dems & Obama many times ! While Fox never does.

      • Tbar

        Not even remotely true….she just gives dems talking points.

      • Moby

        We’re out of luck if we expect our journalists to be impartial. I wouldn’t mind the Rand criticisms so much had Maddow held Obama’s feet of the ‘fire’ for the NSA and other mishaps. But’ it’s just about towing the party line – It’s why Cenk Uygur left. MSNBC isn’t about journalism – it’s ONLY about being the opposite of Fox. It doesn’t matter what the truth is. If Fox says it’s black, MSNBC will say it’s white and the reverse. This is why this great country is going down the tubes. What use came of Ms. Maddow’s education? She’s just another partisan robot ignorant to the fact that what she’s doing is just as bad as Fox. Keep telling yourself that you’re doing the right thing Ms. Maddow, while cashing your checks… suuuure. In all fairness I guess I shouldn’t dump so much on her. The state of journalism in our country is pretty much dead and she certainly wasn’t the one responsible for it – but it’s not like she’s helping either.

        • cdockery92@yahoo.com

          “toeing” the party line

      • Sue Law

        Fox NEVER TELL YOU WHEN THEY ARE WRONG.Fox can’t take that, if they are wrong and most of the time they are wrong.I know I was a hard core Fox fan, but think God I am not NOW and will never go back. Why is, like 2 week-ends a go 60 minutes had on program about Bebgazy he fought off the Taban,well 60 min. came out they got it wrong, he lied and they had to take it back, but Fox knew this , but Fox keep right on taking about this lie, like it was true. They could not bring them self’s to tell the truth about it. Come on Fox do the new right thing and honest thing.

        • bob ski

          How is this story about Fox?

      • james

        you are a liar just like the rest of the dum-0-craps

    • RSantell

      The gopers lost twice and you still can’t get over it, can you.

    • @Mike

      It is easy to keep an eye on Obama. He is always golfing or on vacation.

      • Sue Law

        YE,Like Bush never took time off. Get real

        • 68sherm

          So Obama’s sloganeering has gone from “Change you can believe in” to “Bush did it, too”

          Amazing how so little has changed between the two administrations, people can have such different opinions about them.

      • http://AT&T Ira

        Bush was always down on his ranch in Texas. He was lucky that he ever went hunting with Cheney. It’s interesting that Cheney was always standing behind an agitated Bush. Cheney always had a smile, or it might’ve been a smirk on his face.

      • bamboe

        President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) played on average, 100 rounds of golf for each year he was president. For you Fact Challenged Conservatives, that equaled 800 rounds of golf during his two terms.

        President Barack Obama (D) played 130 rounds of golf during his first term in office. He will need to play a round golf about every other day to even approach Ike’s record.

        What does this mean? Well for you Foxies, it appears that Black Obama will not come close to beating the golf record of White D. Eisenhower

        And the On-Vacation Record set by George W. Bush (R) appears to be very safe, at least until the “Smart” Bush becomes president.

        • james

          to bamboe ..you forget he is a half breed….. a cracker and a negro……put that in your crack pipe and smoke it…dum-0-crap

        • @bamboe

          And you forget, Obama is no Eisenhower. Not even close. You can’t even compare the two.

      • ELLIE VARNER

        Obama does not give a damn about the US or the American people. He is the BIGGEST LIAR we have ever had in the White House.

    • http://kathrynischinger.net Kathryn

      Oh! Another idiot in the woodpile! Too many to count! Racist Obama hater. Get an original thought! Better yet, do some diversity training and get up off your hatred.

    • D

      Liberals don’t need to point out flaws on the PRESIDENT! the country has racist republicans to do that for us.

  • redbearwolverine

    Truth-seeking is commendable but truth requires equal measures on both sides. Calling out Rand Paul is OK but if you don’t require the same honesty of Obama, your bias trumps your credibility. Just saying.

  • Really?

    I hate to tell this woman — Rachel Maddow — but genetic testing/mining is already happening. I worked on a project where a state wanted to collect DNA from every newborn born after 2003. It would be mandatory. I literally quit a six figure job because of the unethical nature of the project. I won’t say what state because frankly I don’t want people knocking on my door. Maddow is very short sighted. I don’t care if Paul got his words from a movie — that is not relevant. What is relevant is that everything he is talking about is happening now. Maddow is deflecting the conversation away from the real issues.

    Truth? Truth? Kimberly Ripley — you couldn’t handle the truth if it was told to you. I promise you this. Trust me, our politicians and state leaders are doing worse things than “lifting movie quotes from wikipedia”. You have no idea what is being worked on.

    • BeckerHead

      “We are all born ignorant, but RepubliKKKlans must work really hard to remain stupid.” ― Benjamin Franklin Beckerhead..

      • Nina

        Ignorance is remaining still unaware that the Klan is a product of the Dems.

        • D

          Yes it is, but republicans have taken over. but denial is something you are into so I’ll allow you to stay there.

      • John Franquelli

        It really doesn’t seem to be very difficult for Michele Bachman, Steve King, Paul Broun, Louie Goehmert, Steve Stockman, Ted Cruz, et al. Who elects these buffoons, and why?

      • james

        to becker head the pecker head….you got that kkk wrong for you low imformation morons like you the kkk was started by the dum-0-craps ….just like you you stupdid kool-aid drinking moron

      • williamjay

        I do recall in history the racist in this country were from the Democrats. Also a conservative women is not a true women according to NOW.If you are Jewish and a political conservative then how can you practice the Jewish faith. If you are Black and strongly beleive in the constitution your called an Uncle Tom.

    • Therese

      Really. What movie were you watching?

      • @Therese

        No movie. I don’t understand your question. Please clarify.

        The movie quote statement is from the video clip above. The reporter (Maddow) was bashing Paul for using movie quotes. Did you watch the video?

      • @Therese

        If you a referring to the statement I made about the project I worked on, I assure you that my statement is very factual. I worked on a genetic tracking project and the sate wanted to track all infants born via a centralized database that every hospital had access to. It would create a file on every child that would follow the child for life.

        Also, the insurance companies are pushing for that information too because they want to tailor insurance policies based on the possibility of thing occuring. I guess you haven’t had someone who was pregnant in your family in a while — they can do all sorts of genetic tests now and they can even manipulate the genes of a child before he or he is born. It is very scary.

        People have no idea what the state wants to do. Absolutely none. I am an IT consultant and I was the project manager for the program. You should see the requirements for the software. People have no idea what is coming. None. None. None. Think the worst …. because you should.

  • Chris

    Fuck both of those guys.

  • Jk

    Anyone who believes one political party is better than the other is an idiot and a fool. In case you have noticed, we have had liars in office during the past two Presidencies. One republican liar and one democratic liar. Both did nothing and destroyed our freedoms. America stop dividing yourselves. Come together and fight for your country. Vote them all out and start over. People in power fear the masses. They use political parties to divide the masses. It is a common military tactic. Divide and conquer and stay in power.

  • Bernie Westheim

    I have a recurring sexual fantasy of Maddow on top with Paul underneath, unable to get it up, but her with a riding crop on him, screaming, “Its real men like you who forced me to become a muff eater!” Then he responds, “You go girl! You’re making me break a sweat! Ye Hah!! Doggies!!”

  • Phil

    If America wanted the truth, they would have spent more money on the 9/11 commission report than they did on the Monica Lewisnky blow job.

    A woman sucking on a **** is apparently more important than 3,000 people dying. That is just how much truth the US wants.

  • Moby

    We’re out of luck if we expect our journalists to be impartial. I wouldn’t mind the Rand criticisms so much had Maddow held Obama’s feet of the ‘fire’ for the NSA and other mishaps. But’ it’s just about towing the party line – It’s why Cenk Uygur left. MSNBC isn’t about journalism – it’s ONLY about being the opposite of Fox. It doesn’t matter what the truth is. If Fox says it’s black, MSNBC will say it’s white and the reverse. This is why this great country is going down the tubes. What use came of Ms. Maddow’s education? She’s just another partisan robot ignorant to the fact that what she’s doing is just as bad as Fox. Keep telling yourself that you’re doing the right thing Ms. Maddow, while cashing your checks… suuuure. In all fairness I guess I shouldn’t dump so much on her. The state of journalism in our country is pretty much dead and she certainly wasn’t the one responsible for it – but it’s not like she’s helping either.

    • BeckerHead

      “We are all born ignorant, but RepubliKKKlans must work really hard to remain stupid.” ― Benjamin Franklin Beckerhead……………..

  • george bush

    I see by the large number of comments (8) which is two more than the Obama care opening day sign up that Rachel Maddow is as relevant. The country owes a great deal to Rachel and all who blindly tear this country down by regurgitating the socialist agenda. In not too distant future when the freedoms of all U. S. Citizens is limited by the government (Obama) take over of our constitution we can thank this wonderful women. I am sure soon Rachel Maddow will have a tingle running up her leg with Hillary’s coming campaign,

  • Haywood_Jablomi

    Rachel Madcow has no credibility as a journalist.

    • BeckerHead

      Oh brother….come back when you graduate from grade school KKKlown.

  • BeckerHead

    “We are all born ignorant, but RepubliKKKlans must work really hard to remain stupid.” ― Benjamin Franklin Beckerhead..

    • Haywood_Jablomi

      Beckerhead LOL. More like Peckerhead. You better be nice because I have to be your seeing eye guide since you have been blinded by drinking the liberal koolaid.

  • http://google mouseman

    Everyone that has used a dictionary, google, the Bible, or any reference material has committed plagiarism to some degree. That’s what reference material is for. Now if he had sold writings of some type and not noted the use of other materials, that’s a different story. Maddow is just a political prostitute, like a lot of others I might add, and will do anything to try to get that 2nd person to watch her show. Her ratings are terrible! Even Tucker Carlson had better ratings when he had that show and he is a conservative!!

    • bbpdx

      @mouseman Try checking out the definition of plagiarism. It is NOT just using direct quotations in written work without citing the source – it also applies to speeches or public discourse, especially by politicians. A reference means you CITE the source from which you borrowed the material. … Do you just make crap up or pull it out of your butt (w)hole?? … lmao … Tucker Carlson had better ratings than Rachel Maddow??? REALLY, what’s your source for that piece of crap? Tucker had such great ratings that he’s no longer on MSNBC – he can barely keep awake on FAUX News – and for your rather limited intellect, that’s “False” (FOX) News. … Better a prostitute than a pinhead like you & your RepubliCON pals!! … Get over, you LOST … twice … and your side will lose again in 2014 & 2016!!!

  • ktmk36

    “She needs to lean on him hard–as do other talk show hosts and reporters–until the truth is fully revealed.”

    When was the last time we saw a reporter or news agency due that? Oh ya, ANYTIME a Republican is the issue…NEVER when the person has a D in front of their name.

    Pathetic reporting at its finest

  • WrinkledThought

    This anthropomorphous simian is nothing more than a fecal slinging porch monkey. Journalist? Yeah, right…

  • bob ski

    That is one fugly woman.

  • Pat Baker

    I really get a laugh out of the part in the article that says Rachael can be commended for her attempt at trying to instill truth into the government. Ha! Ha! She magnifies everything the Conservatives do wrong over and over again, but hardly ever mentions what the Democrats do wrong. She barely mentions it or skips it altogether. Yeah, she really does try to instill truth into the government. Ha! Ha! She’s a joke!!

  • Johnny V

    Kimberly, What trading of blows??? You have grandized this article because America is polarized over this matter. I was expecting some kind of exchange of words between the two, ie trading. I watched this tripe expecting more. Shame on WPN.

  • http://WebProNewsNewsletter Pat Baker

    The article states that Rachael should be commended for trying to instill truth into the government. She bypasses anything the Democrats do wrong and magnifies what the Republicans do wrong over and over again. Sure, she tries to instill truth into the government! Ha! Ha! Think not!!

  • http://AT&T Ira

    I remember watching and listening to Rand Paul saying that a restaurant owner could refuse service to any potential customer. I can understand not inviting someone in your home for dinner for a variety of personal reasons; however, if you are in a business providing a service, or even food, to the general public, then it becomes discriminatory to not offer the same service to everyone. Rand Paul did not speak anything like a real American. Of course, he never served in the military, or went out of his way to serve the USA.

  • duffbash

    More people read this article than watch Maddow. What’s MSNBC up to these days … 35, 36 viewers?!

  • Kay Pawlak

    Rand Paul escaladed the importance of this reporting by making his reaction news worthy. What started out as a “gotcha” report, now showcases how he would handle any questioning of his ethics.

    That part doesn’t seem to be going well.

  • ladini

    Poor Rachel, HD broadcasts are hard on five O clock shadows…

  • John Franquelli

    Rachel Maddow is a journalist of the highest order. And unlike the clowns on Faux News, merits serious consideration. She may have progressive leanings but nobody can say that she fails to do a proper job of reporting.

    • james

      to john franquelli…you have got to be the stupidist dum-0-crap i have ever heard of……….

    • 68sherm

      I can. She went off on Rand Paul for comparing pro-choice people to Nazis, when his speech made no mention at all of Abortion. You think she did any research of her own on this story? She didn’t even see the speech, and I doubt you did either. Everything she is spouting comes straight out of the AP. Kind of Ironic when you consider what she’s criticizing him for, isn’t it?

  • Anthony

    Wait, wasn’t Rand Paul talking about the movie in his speech? If so, why is this a big deal when you know it’s a politician and they’re all criminals.

  • Marci

    Yezzz Rach! Maybe better time spent pointing out lies that your own president tells to the American people! Start with 1. Health care will be cheaper..(2) keep your own doctor (3) keep your own health plan (4) I will be a transparent president….(5)I will create more jobs ( but make sure we don’t create too many)lets not build any pipelines. (6) Lets distribute the wealth so that the people who don’t WANT to work don’t have to. Really! your wasting your breath on Rand Paul! At least he believes we should not get into any more debt! ANd don’t tell me I am not informed and a right winger…I’m plenty informed and make up my own mind..I watch all the news channels and read! yes I read! and I have a very good idea who the liers are!

  • Bored With TV

    American broadcast media is not impartial and Rachel is just as obnoxious to many viewers as Bill O is over on Fox. She does however need ratings and controversy surely helps create buzz and possibly, more viewers. Rachel is not a newscaster, she is a biased commentator and other than her bias, she is just as oblivious to facts as her counterparts on the right. It takes guts to run for office in the current environment which relishes innuendo and borders on slander. Would JFK get the same discretion from the press today that he did 50 years ago or would Rachel’s sensibilities be offended that JFK openly admitted he got migraine headaches if he did not get relief or that he held naked pool parties in the white house with young interns? The way America is going, why would anyone with even a “normal” previous life want the scrutiny public live entails today?

  • william signor

    excuse me Maddow. Hasn’t Obamas whole term been from a teleprompter? This is a story? I think she has fallen so far in the ratings she has to grab at straws for a story? Being Gay is not the problem here, but having the pompus attitude about an administration that has failed miserably is. She is a real disappointment to intelligent life and Gays who have a brain.

  • barbara moore

    Please DO NOT call Rachel Maddow a “Journalist”. That is an insult to real journalists. She tells the news in a very sarcastic tone.

  • Ron

    Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-65 (000s)
    FOXN KELLY FILE, THE 2569 376 875
    CNN CNN FILMS 370 163 216
    MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show 932 262 510
    These ratings are from Nov 7th with Megan Kelly 2,569,000 viewers and Maddow 932,000. These kind of numbers have made Fox No.1 in every time spot for the past 10 Years. Get over that.

  • http://None L. Ravenal

    Her sexual orientation and preferences have nothing to do with the issue at hand. Cease personal attacks and focus on the article content. For the record, I am overall rather conservative and disagree with her on many things. However, she has an impressive, varied background and deserves commendation for being so frank about her personal life. We need more people like that.

  • 68sherm

    Rachel Maddow spent that entire segment ripping on 4 sentences out of a speech that lasted nearly 20 minutes. Her biggest complaint about it was that it supposedly compared pro-choice people to Nazis, when the speech itself didn’t even involve Abortion. You can watch the speech online if you look for it. If you want someone to pursue the truth, Rachel Maddow is not the best person to look to. She simply takes whatever the AP dumps on her desk and runs with it, without concern for any real effort at journalism.

  • Michael Mankin

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaa . . .

  • Tom

    I guess a liberal taking sound bites from a speech disguises killing babies.