CNN commentator and admitted plagiarist Fareed Zakaria today attacked Mitt Romney for lacking fresh ideas. Zakaria is the latest in a long line of plagiarists to lodge this same exact criticism against the Republican presidential candidate.
“America is at a critical juncture, but Romney seems constitutionally unable to come up with fresh ideas,” said Zakaria, who admitted in August to plagiarizing portions of his Time Magazine column. “This shows a disturbing lack of intellectual seriousness and credibility.”
Zakaria’s comments echoed – if not completely mirrored – a statement by fellow plagiarizer Mike Barnacle earlier in the day. Barnacle, a former Boston Globe columnist and regular on the MSNBC Morning Joe program, said: “Our nation’s current juncture is wicked critical, but Romney seems constitutionally unable to come up with fresh ideas.”
These comment(s) were the latest in a string of redundant accusations from other famed plagiarists. They include historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author and former New Yorker writer Jonah Lehrer, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, and even distinguished Ghostbuster-songwriter Ray Parker, Jr.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus disputed their claim(s) that Mitt is recycling old ideas. Pointing to how assiduously the campaign has avoided proposing any specific plans, he said it’s ludicrous to say they’re recycling anything.
Priebus added that the plagiarists’ attack is especially offensive given its coordinated nature. He noted that all seven belong to the same protest group called Plagiarists for Fresh Ideas Shared Together (PFIST).
Republican strategist Namesake Bearacrest III agreed and said PFIST has become extremely outspoken lately. So much so, their attack tactic(s) have caused politicos to coin a new campaign term called “PFISTing.”
“This is akin to being ‘Swiftboated,’ but PFISTing is far more hurtful and lingering,” Bearacrest said. “When the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ran those ads against John Kerry, everyone knew they were just some crazy Vietnam vets. But this PFISTing is being conducted by some very respected plagiarists who are on mainstream TV – which is very different from being on Nancy Grace or the in-room pay-per-view where I know I can find that sort of thing.”
In response, Zakaria said he would be happy to let the Romney campaign respond by reprinting their comments – with attribution – in his next Time column.
SkitSketchJeff is Jeff Burdick, who is glad the Founding Fathers chose the more upbeat term “Bill of Rights” over Alexander Hamilton’s downer wording: “Dictates to Forcibly Ban Execrable Wrongs.”
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