June 10, 2009, - 3:06 pm

Aaron Klein Watch: WND/ Aaron Klein Rip Me Off #58,372

By Debbie Schlussel
I don’t know what plagiarist Aaron Klein would do without me. As longtime readers know, Klein and WorldNetDaily–the unreliable, nutty site for which he writes–have repeatedly ripped me (and other sites’ stuff) off. I’ve told you about past instances, in which he repeated my entire column almost word for word, with his byline, and in which he ripped off my work for “his” book. (And he’s notorious not just for plagiarism, but for fabricating stories, like the one alleging that FOX News paid ransom for the release of its personnel from Palestinian terrorists–Klein and WND had to backtrack from it).
The latest Aaron Klein rip-off is virtually word for word (kinda like all the others). He’s been notified by both myself and the editor of Discover the Network that information he used, virtually word for word, in a recent story was shoplifted from my columns.
Schlussel original reporting in 2005:

Take Imad Hamad, Midwest Regional Director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee . . . .
When Israel released hundreds of Hezbollah prisoners in early 2004, Hamad sent invitations to a celebration of the new freedom of “the Heroes.”

Aaron Klein in June 2009 rip-off:

When Israel released Hezbollah prisoners in early 2004, Imad Hamad, ADC’s Midwest Regional Director, openly celebrated the freedom of “the heroes.”

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Aaron Klein: WND’s Talentless Hack is Serial Plagiarist
Yet, Aaron Klein and WND refuse to give credit and put the words–my words–in quotation marks. Only a lazy hack and a talentless narcissist would do this, and he’s both.
In fact, after John Perazzo of Discover the Networks contacted Klein via e-mail (see below), noting that he used information lifted from my site and should give me credit, Klein added a link to Daniel Pipes instead. That’s how petty and dishonest Aaron Klein is. But, in fact, Pipes didn’t say what Klein wrote–a word for word rip-off of my work. Yes, those are my words, not Klein’s or Pipes’. That should tell you something about the deliberate inaccuracies put forth by WND and Klein. (And my words should be in quotation marks but aren’t. They’re just “reworked.”)
Moreover, I’ve been told by at least one WND editor that WND owner and editor in chief Joseph Farah ordered the editor to remove a link to my original work in a column Jerome Corsi plagiarized from me. (The link was begrudgingly added after I exposed the plagiarism on this site and in several mainstream media sources.)
Aaron Klein has a new book out, and, as I noted here, in his first book (and an article paraphrasing some of it), he used material stolen from this site. You can bet his latest book is more of the same: someone else’s work or material that’s just flat-out made up.
Keep this in mind the next time you think of venturing on WorldNutDaily or going near anything Aaron Klein (and his many involuntary ghost writers) has to say, er . . . regurgitate without credit.
WorldRepeatDaily would be a better name for the website, Ganif a better name for Aaron Klein.
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From: John Perazzo, Managing Editor of Discover the Networks
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 8:16 PM
To: jfarah@wnd.com; Aklein@wnd.com
Cc: Debbie Schlussel
Subject: Imad Hamad
Dear Aaron and Joseph,
I’m the managing editor of DiscoverTheNetworks.org (DTN), and I’m writing to inform you about something that has recently been brought to my attention about a matter that concerns both DTN . . . .
Debbie Schlussel [is] the source of a particular quote by one Imad Hamad. . . .
[F]or the sake of full clarity and proper attribution, I just want to let you know that the original source of the Hamad quote was indeed Debbie Schlussel, not DTN. The quote originally appeared in two of Ms. Schlussel’s articles:
1) http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2005/06/twenty_years_af.html
2) http://www.debbieschlussel.com/columns/column011705.shtml . . .
Thanks very much for your attention.
Cordially,
John Perazzo

And, like I said, after that, Aaron Klein sent a note to John Perazzo, indicating he decided that rather than give me credit for my words, he went trolling for another source to avoid giving me credit for a direct quote. But Daniel Pipes, to whom he’s now giving credit didn’t write those words (nor did Aaron Klein). I did.

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5 Responses

When one has to paraphrase a quote, you put it in your own words and credit the original or secondary source of the quote to make clear its not your idea and the person who wrote it is entitled to receive due acknowledgment as the author of the passage in question. Plagiarism is outright theft. And if you have to steal other people’s ideas, they shouldn’t pay you attention or give you the time of day. Aaron Klein is a plagiarist which is bad enough but he seems to be insecure in his manhood when he seeks to attribute a woman’s work to a man. That’s just compounding his original offense and well as for what else he writes, you can judge his credibility or lack thereof by the absence of an ethical deportment on his part… fitting perhaps because Klein in German means “small.” How apopros.

NormanF on June 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I, for one, contacted WND and let them know that I am disappointed that they would endorse using Deb’s work without acknowledging it. Deb is a real expert in ME affairs and is encyclopedic in her knowledge of the personalities involved – and many media writers know it and monitor her work. She deserves support and encouragement and not to be anonymously marginalized.
She’s taking other un-acknowledging users to task as well and she is right to do so. Writing her intellectual work off to such amorphous concepts as ‘public domain’ is just not right.

beboper on June 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm

There is a difference between citing what is common knowledge and citing an idea you learned from someone. When one is in doubt, always acknowledge. And if you come up with a new idea because of what other people taught you, acknowledging them properly helps to strengthen its validity as well as attesting to your personal integrity. Doing the right thing is its own reward. A serial plagiarist, like any other criminal, just doesn’t care.

NormanF on June 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Back in February when the serial plagiarist had performed his deed again I complained on the letters section wNUTd. The next day the plagiarist sent me an apologist e-mail from his boss Joseph Farah.
I guess they believe you can fool all of the people all of the time …

i_am_me on June 10, 2009 at 6:51 pm

The fact his boss defends him and won’t name the blogger he ripped off I guess says you can fool people who don’t bother to find out the truth for themselves. If Klein doesn’t plagiarize, then hey, it wouldn’t be necessary to even defend him! As the old Latin saying has it, res ipsa locquitur i.e, the thing speaks for itself. In other words, truth needs no defense.

NormanF on June 10, 2009 at 7:11 pm

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