Columnist Responds To Controversy
A recent report has uncovered at least six more instances of plagiarism committed by Harvard President Claudine Gay, as RedState reported on Monday.
This brings the total number of publications in which she has been found to have plagiarized to eight out of seventeen. The allegations against Gay have been coming in since she first made headlines for refusing to denounce anti-Semitism on her campus. Despite the seriousness and frequency of these allegations, many in the mainstream press have been quick to dismiss or downplay the issue, likely due to Gay’s intersectionality and alignment with leftist ideology.
One such journalist is Politico’s Jonathan Martin, who attempted to mock the report by claiming its timing was “uncanny” since it coincided with the Rose Bowl, a major football game between the University of Michigan and the University of Alabama.
Not only is this criticism irrelevant and unfounded, but it also shows a blatant disregard for the seriousness of the issue at hand. If anything, releasing the report during a major event such as the Rose Bowl would likely limit the news coverage and attention it received.
Martin’s dismissal of the plagiarism allegations against Gay is particularly ironic given his own past statements about the importance of addressing plagiarism. In a now-deleted tweet, Martin had expressed outrage at a senatorial candidate’s plagiarism scandal and called it a “major moment” in the race. This blatant double standard only serves to highlight the fact that Martin is not a journalist but a partisan hack who prioritizes protecting his ideological allies by over-reporting the truth.
Moreover, Martin’s tweet also reveals that he used to care deeply about instances of plagiarism, suggesting that his sudden lack of concern when it comes to Harvard’s Gay is not due to a change in principles but rather a blatant display of partisan bias. It is disheartening to see a journalist who is supposed to hold the powerful accountable choose to look the other way when one of his own is involved in a scandal.
Everyone in country: Watching end of epic Rose Bowl
Bill Ackman: https://t.co/nFmmDQs2K4
— Jonathan Martin (@jmart) January 2, 2024
It’s important to note that the issue at hand is not who is behind revealing the plagiarism committed by Gay, but rather the fact that it has occurred in a repeated and blatant fashion. Plagiarism is a serious offense in any field, and it is concerning that someone in a prestigious position such as Harvard’s president would engage in it. If Gay were a Republican, it’s safe to say that the reaction from the press would be very different and much more severe.
Ultimately, the issue of plagiarism is not a partisan one but a matter of honesty, integrity, and intellectual property. As journalists, it is our duty to hold those in positions of power accountable, regardless of their political affiliations. Turning a blind eye to plagiarism, especially when it’s committed by someone who aligns with our own beliefs, is a disservice to our profession and to the public.
As this scandal continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how the press will handle it. Will they continue to downplay or dismiss the allegations, or will they hold Gay to the same standards they would hold a Republican in a similar situation? The answer will reveal a lot about the state of journalism and how seriously it takes its role in bringing truth to light.