by John Ellis
It’s no secret that I was (and remain) #NeverTrump. At least, I don’t think it’s a secret. However, I must admit that one of my fears about President Trump has proven unfounded, so far. His first SCOTUS nominee makes me almost think that I was wrong for not voting for Donald Trump. Neil Gorsuch is eminently qualified, a true conservative, and anti-the murder of babies (anti-abortion, in case that’s not clear). That last part is one of the reasons why those on the Left have wholeheartedly given themselves over to writing and promoting Fake News about Neil Gorsuch. The Sexual Revolution must be protected at all costs, after all.
Their latest lie about Neil Gorsuch comes from Buzzfeed. In a recent PJ article, I wrote something to the effect that future historians are going to connect Buzzfeed with the downfall of our society. For the record, that’s only partially tongue-in-cheek. Well, yesterday, in an article with a dishonestly worded title, Buzzfeed “broke the news” about Gorsuch’s supposed intellectually chicanery.
According to the report, Neil Gorsuch plagiarized a short section of his 2006 book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. Gorsuch expanded his PhD dissertation into the book. Chris Geidner writes that the plagiarism in question, “takes up only two paragraphs and seven endnotes in a book that covers more than 300 pages, including endnotes … The section, however, repeats language and sourcing from another work — Abigail Lawlis Kuzma’s 1984 Indiana Law Journal article, ‘The Legislative Response to Infant Doe.'”
If Geidner’s charges were true, two paragraphs or a whole chapter would make no difference; plagiarism is plagiarism. Except, of course, Buzzfeed’s legal editor Geidner is on a witch hunt in order to protect the Sexual Revolution and the left’s related agenda.
According to his bio, in 2014 Geidner won the Sarah Pettit LGBT Journalist of the Year from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association. A staunch advocate for gay marriage and lgbt issues, in general, Geidner is on the front line in the left’s rebellious assault on the sexual and moral ethics created and instituted by the Creator of the Universe. However, Geidner’s biased agenda is not what makes his most recent Buzzfeed article dishonest and deserving of the tag “Fake News.”
Buried in the middle of the article, Geidner quotes Abigail Lawlis Kuzma, the supposedly plagiarized author in all of this. In a statement, Kuzma pushes back on the manufactured allegation and sets the record straight – “I have reviewed both passages and do not see an issue here, even though the language is similar. These passages are factual, not analytical in nature, framing both the technical legal and medical circumstances of the ‘Baby/Infant Doe’ case that occurred in 1982. Given that these passages both describe the basic facts of the case, it would have been awkward and difficult for Judge Gorsuch to have used different language.”
Geidner’s article goes on to point out that Gorsuch was quoting the same source as Kuzma, and, as Dr. Chris Mammen points out, “The standard practice in a dissertation is to cite the underlying original source, not a secondary source, that supports a factual statement.”
Further demonstrating that Buzzfeed is playing fast and loose with the concept of journalism in order to stir up outrage in a last minute hail Mary in order to keep Gorsuch off the Supreme Court bench, Geidner admits that Neil Gorsuch’s professor who supervised his dissertation has issued a statement clearing the SCOTUS nominee of the accusations. Oxford professor John Finnis clearly explains that, “[I]n my opinion, none of the allegations has any substance or justification. In all the instances mentioned, Neil Gorsuch’s writing and citing was easily and well within the proper and accepted standards of scholarly research and writing in the field of study in which he and I work.”
But, the words of the supposedly “plagiarized” author and the professors in the field are not enough to keep Geidner from getting in a few more nakedly obvious attempts at a dishonest character assassination of Neal Gorsuch.
In fact, using the words, “the most prominent attribution errors,” Geidner closes out his article by providing a side-by-side comparison of two sentences – one from Gorsuch and one from Kuzma. Demonstrating that his phrase, “the most prominent attribution errors” is blatantly misleading and intended to rile people up over this manufactured controversy, Geidner quietly concludes with, “They both cite to an article from the Bloomington Sunday Herald-Times.”
As the day continues, expect more liberal mouthpieces to jump on this train. The full-court press by the left to keep Gorsuch off the Supreme Court bench is telling. While playing a small role, the anti-Gorsuch propaganda isn’t mainly driven by the desire to pay the GOP back for refusing to hold confirmation hearings for Garland, President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee. The lies and slanderous accusations against Neil Gorsuch are driven by the left’s desperate fear that a true conservative Supreme Court Justice will go a long way towards rolling back the strides they’ve made in their idolatrous worship of themselves and their base sexual desires.