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Magda Hassan
04-08-2010, 12:33 PM
Confirmed Plagiarist Gerald Posner – Author of a Fraudulent Book on the JFK Murder – Claims He is the Victim of a ‘Conspiracy’

7th April 2010

How quickly crocodile fangs become crocodile tears … Can’t help but notice that the Mockingbirds that promoted Posner all these years haven’t had much to say about his amazing journalistic transgressions. – AC
Gerald Posner: Plagiarism An ‘Old Story,’ New Times Is Out to ‘Destroy’ His Book

By Tim Elfrink | Miami New Times | Mar. 30 2010
http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/image3893817g.jpg (http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/image3893817g.jpg)In this week’s New Times, we report on 16 new examples of apparent plagiarism in Gerald Posner’s latest book, Miami Babylon. We emailed all the problems to Posner last week and left multiple phone messages for him, but he never responded.
Minutes ago, however, he uploaded a response to today’s stories on his blog. Posner claims that New Times is part of a “coordinated effort” to “destroy” his book. He says his plagiarism is an “old story” and that he’s already apologized.
Posner doesn’t dispute any of the reporting in our story. Nor does he explain how, precisely, this many passages from this many different sources ended up copied verbatim or nearly verbatim into his book.
Here’s the full response:

Last week, a former Miami New Times reporter told me that the paper, still stinging over having to run a correction to their last article about me, was going “to bury you.” So the attack piece today is not a surprise, but part of the coordinated effort to destroy my book, Miami Babylon. It is a mishmash of additional “examples” of text supposedly copied from other publications.
Several times I have addressed how and why that happened, offered apologies, and it is now an old story. I refer everyone to my blog where I have commented on this in detail. Today’s article also includes instances of alleged “new problems.” As always, I stand by the accuracy of each and every interview I conducted, more than 200, for Miami Babylon.
Just for the record, New Times never published any corrections to last week’s stories, which broke the news that Posner lifted eight passages from Frank Owen’s 2003 book, Clubland.
(We did post Posner’s response to Owen’s account of a confrontation that took place at a Posner book reading.)

Paul Rigby
04-08-2010, 08:17 PM
Confirmed Plagiarist Gerald Posner – Author of a Fraudulent Book on the JFK Murder – Claims He is the Victim of a ‘Conspiracy’

Good. Let's hope he is.

Charles Drago
04-09-2010, 12:27 AM
Posner plagiarized the SBT study he offered in CC.

Posner committed perjury before a Congressional committee.

YEARS ago.

This behavior is old news, and to date our "community" has done nothing to capitalize on it.

Why should anything be different now?

Why do we bother?

Really. We don't want to fight. We want to jerk each other off on these little blogs.

It's over. We've lost. Let's keep our own counsel, cherish our books and videos, and always ... always ... gossip.

They won.

Tell me different.

Show me one significant victory that has hurt the enemy.

Just one.

I dare you.

Meet me in Dallas in ten years. We'll open a few bottles of spoiled wine and go on and on and on about JFK and the Undrinkable.

Ed Jewett
04-09-2010, 05:39 AM
Why do we bother?

"... And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."


Charles Drago
04-09-2010, 01:29 PM

Please see my essay, "In the Blossom of Our Sins" (available elsewhere on this forum) in order to acquaint yourself with my stance on returning fire against the killers of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.


Ed Jewett
04-09-2010, 07:46 PM
Charles, I had not read that essay until just now. [Well done, sir.] And you have taught me not to waste my time engaging in debate with those who dispute the by-now-painfully-obvious, to which there is a parallel expressed elsewhere and again briefly below.

There can be some disagreement about what tactic or weapon is necessary or functional in the battle against the Rushmore builders; I don't profess to have the answer. I appreciate your insight on time. I am not opposed to spending some of my time and energy 'sculpting a Crazy Horse monument' (he was a boyhood hero of mine). Another article recently drew upon the response by Dances With Wolves to his tormenting captors, 'You are not worth talking to' , and of the personal expression in today's world of investing one's time away from their games and intent and wholly invested in life and love.

That "they" are winning is not in question; that they will have won in time is possibly up for grabs, for three reasons: First, it appears that, in the sequelae of their hubris, as in prior tragedies, lies their own downfall; they may take many of us with them into the sunset of dust and debris, but not everyone. Second, there are signs of a collective 'quickening', an emergence of understanding if not in precision and detail then in intuition and some gnawing sensation in the gut. Third, whether in terms of re-building resilience, or community, or political and spiritual transformation, there are some (not enough yet) who have given their focus to the transition that will occur when the first two merge. Therein lies great opportunity.

I am 'informed', if you will, by the metaphor used by Derrick Jensen when he speaks of a 'picket pin', that stake driven into the ground to which one tethers -- not his horse for getaway -- but his own self, as if to say 'here I stand, here I fight, here I will die'. [When I speak of battle, it's all metaphorical; I will not be shooting anyone, or bringing physical harm to them, nor advocating same for anyone anywhere.] It has its parallel in "Buddha's square of earth".

I am also 'informed' by the thoughts expressed in the book "Resistance and Contemplation" [1972], recently re-released by Wipf and Stock Publishers, which speaks of metanoia, or "change of mind". Much of my personal energy at this point in my life now goes to the personal expression of growth, and teaching, and the sowing of seeds in the minds and souls of future generations through my own continued reading, writing and personal 'picket pin'.

I don't think we are arguing here, or are at odds with one another; what I sensed earlier was a moment's despair and the need for momentary respite and support by a premier warrior. I have a Buddhist treatise tucked away somewhere --I shall try to find (I bring it out from time to time to renew myself) -- which says, in essence, do not despair, and do not fail to understand that, over time and space, love will always win out.

Charles Drago
04-09-2010, 08:21 PM

We agree: The arc of the universe bends toward justice.

To give away my game: I was taunting all who are content to whip out their magnifying glasses, don their deerstalkers, reach their elementary deductions, go home, fix their seven percent solutions, and sleep like babes.

It is a good day to live.

"Much of my personal energy at this point in my life now goes to the personal expression of growth, and teaching, and the sowing of seeds in the minds and souls of future generations through my own continued reading, writing and personal 'picket pin'."

Beautifully and powerfully rendered.

Ed Jewett
04-09-2010, 10:27 PM
Sorry I ruined the surprise.

Reminds me of an old cartoon I had from a book of published New Yorker exemplars in which the cavalry troop rode amidst the tall, thin buttes in search of the Southwest injuns; the ones with the bows and arrows were standing on top of the buttes.


Or the Sun Tzu tale of the invading general who rode up and lit a torch in the darkness so he could read the message nailed to the tree, only to die in a torrent of loosed arrows.

So we will just have to peel a new card off the deck.