Ann Coulter, plagiarist?

The Raw Story's John Byrne writes that "a column penned by the doyenne of right-wing rhetoric Ann Coulter has come under fire for alleged plagiarism".

"Much of Coulter's Jun. 29, 2005 column, 'Thou Shall Not Commit Religion,' bears a striking resemblance to pieces in magazines dating as far back as 1985 -- and a column written for the Boston Globe in 1995.
"A Raw Story examination found Coulter's work to be at worst plagiarism and at best a cut-and-paste repetition of points authored by conservative religious groups in the early 1990s."
The column in question is about cutting federal funding for so-called "obscene art," so many of the quotes are NSFW, but click the link and read how many quotes Coulter apparently stole, and from how many different sites.

And of course, it's not the first misstep in Coulter's long and misstep-filled career. Byrne writes:
Coulter caught the public eye after allegations that she had carried the Linda Tripp tapes between Tripp and Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr during the Clinton impeachment. Coulter, who admitted to having heard the tapes before Starr was even aware of them, was also implicated in several other controversies involving the Clintons ', including the Paula Jones case.

The right-wing pundit was fired in 1997 from MSNBC for verbally attacking a Vietnam vet on air. She was dropped from The National Review in 2002 for slandering the publication on the national talk show circuit. Coulter went on to write a book titled Slander.

Coulter has drawn fire lately from both conservatives and liberals for her verbal attacks on victims of 9/11, women's groups and Muslims. On Wednesday, she savaged President Bush's Supreme Court pick John Roberts.

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