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National Journal vs. CQ Weekly: A Plagiarist's Calendar

Yesterday, in the sort of bow-tie-set jello wrestling that we love more than anything, National Journal got all pissy with CQ Weekly for distributing a calendar with identical information: evidently, the NJ has a copyright on Congressional birthdays. But this morning, the memo goes out inside CQ, and yup, stuff was lifted part and parcel—but the marketing department did it, honest!


The memo follows.

To the Newsroom:

The congressional calendar distributed this week to all CQ Weekly subscribers was produced and edited by the CQ Marketing Dept., which takes sole responsibility for its content. It contains information from a variety of sources, but it also includes member birthdays and political events around the country that were improperly lifted by marketing personnel from a similar National Journal calendar published last month.

News Division employees were NOT involved in any of the content creation, nor the content fact checking, of this project. I knew about the calendar project and our photographer and graphics specialists were hired by CQ Marketing to design it and choose CQ photos. But the Marketing staff then added content after our involvement and without consulting them or me.

Obviously, this is a serious breach of CQ's journalistic standards and will not be countenanced. I've spoken with Bob Merry, who is on vacation this week, and he agrees with my assessment. Please refer all outside queries about this directly to me.

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It started with them damn hats. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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