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BUT MAINSTREAM REPORTERS FAIL TO MENTION IT
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 13, 2016) — On Friday morning, CBS News White House timekeeper Mark Knoller reported that putative Vice President Joseph R. Biden will be the speaker at Syracuse University College of Law’s commencement ceremony on Saturday.
Knoller did not point out the connection between Biden and the institution: that Biden obtained his law degree there in 1968 and was forced to admit to having plagiarized a majority of an article from the May 1965 issue of the Fordham Law Review in one of his essays.
“I did not intentionally move to mislead anybody,” Biden wrote in a letter defending himself which became part of his permanent school record.
According to The New York Times on September 18, 1987, Biden’s file shows that he received an “F” for the course but was not expelled from the school. After re-enrolling in the class the following year, his final grade was an “80” about which he “joked” as he proffered his explanation for why he acted as he did. He reportedly earned poor grades during his undergraduate years at the University of Delaware.
Biden has also been accused of plagiarizing the speeches of political public figures. The website plagiarismtoday.com reports that in 1988, “Biden’s trouble with the plagiarism began a stump speech in Iowa. At the end of the speech, Biden used a series of phrases that closely mirrored a previous speech by that of British politician Neal Kinnock. Though there are several reports that he had previously used and cited the source of those words, there seems to be a clear understanding that, in this one case, he did not.”
Biden’s White House biography does not mention plagiarism. Media articles reporting that he will give the commencement speech this year also did not invoke the term “plagiarism” or “plagiarize” except as submitted by two commenters.
“You forgot to mention his plagiarism scandal,” wrote one on April 12, while another directly afterward said, “I wonder whose speech he’ll plagiarize this time?”
In addition to his address on Saturday, Biden gave the commencement speech at his alma mater in 2009, when he received an honorary degree.
The publication Syracuse Law reports that Biden “is an honorary member of the College of Law’s Board of Advisors and has previously given the College of Law’s commencement speech in 1994, 2002 and 2006.”
The Daily Orange, which is independent of but reports on events at Syracuse University, reported that the law school’s interim dean welcomed Biden’s scheduled address this year warmly with ““Vice President Biden is a treasured member of the College of Law family and we are excited to bring him back this May.”
According to Wikipedia, those who have contributed at The Daily Orange “work at nearly every major newspaper in the nation — The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Globe — in a variety of reporting, editing, design and photographic capacities.”
As posted on the school’s Facebook page on Tuesday, Biden is considered “the biggest name on the law school commencement speaker circuit this year, as was stated in the National Law Journal and echoed by Syracuse Law.
For more than seven years, Biden has served beside a man whose life narrative has changed over time and whose long-form birth certificate, released on the White House website on April 27, 2011, was declared a “computer-generated forgery” on March 1, 2012 by a criminal investigative team, the Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse.
On March 22, 2009, Biden joked at the Gridiron Dinner that “Dick Cheney had left me Barack Obama’s birth certificate” in his desk drawer.
Three years after the White House released the birth certificate forgery “with the intent to deceive,” according to lead criminal investigator Mike Zullo, Biden said that Obama’s birth certificate is “on a website somewhere.” Apparently referring to the demand by Donald Trump and millions of Americans for Obama to release proof that he was born in Hawaii, as Obama has claimed, Biden added, “That was some crazy stuff. Ha, ha, ha.”
In 1987, Biden told voters that he was “being honest.”