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December 09, 2006

Carter Accused of Plagiarism

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With the resignation of Prof. Kenneth Stein from the Carter Center, major media outlets are beginning to pick up on the controversy surrounding Jimmy Carter's new book.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Harsh allegations over President Carter's new book on Israel and the Palestinians came into sharper focus Thursday when a former top aide to Carter said the book appeared to contain maps that were "unusually similar" to those in an earlier book. . . .

"It appears that at least two maps that came out of the Carter book were or are very closely similar, or unusually similar, to maps that were produced and published in Dennis Ross' book 'The Missing Peace,' " Stein said.

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Stein said the former president had come to speak to his class as recently as last month. Mr. Stein declined to detail all the inaccuracies he found, saying he was still documenting them for a planned review of the book; but he did offer a few examples.

Mr. Carter, he said, remembers White House staff members in 1990 being preoccupied by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait when the former president tried to describe to them talks he had had with Middle Eastern leaders. But the White House briefings occurred in the spring, Mr. Stein said, and the invasion of Kuwait was not until August. . . .

Mr. Stein also said he had been struck by parts of Mr. Carter’s book that seemed strikingly similar to a work by a different author, but he would not disclose the details.

“There are elements in the book that were lifted from another source,” Mr. Stein said. “That other source is now acting on his or her own advice about what to do because of this.”

According to the Washington Post, Stein

said accounts in the book about meetings he had attended with Carter between 1980 and 1990 had left out key facts in order to "make the Israelis look like they're the only ones responsible" for the failure of peace efforts.

Posted by TS at December 9, 2006 02:24 PM

Comments

This most recent episode involving former President Carter makes me fool good about casting a vote against him in the 1980 election. Jimmy Carter is such an inept leader I would not follow him inot water.

Posted by: Dave Thomas at December 10, 2006 02:39 AM

I am beginning to think that Mr. Carter definitely needs a "keeper" it appears he has become more senile with each passing day. I agree with another writer - he should be relegated back to his peanut farm! And we thought his brother Billy was nuts -

Posted by: Sarajo at December 23, 2006 09:02 PM

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