Mean Jean: Plagiarist or Sock Puppet?

You know how teachers are using the internet to spot plagiarism, using tools like Google and TurnItIn? Well, Steve Silver thought that maybe someone should be checking up on what local politicians publish in the local media.

On September 20, 2006, Mean Jean Schmidt "wrote" a gushing article on the pharmaceutical-company guaranteed-profits plan the Republicans glommed onto Medicare.

On July 10, 2006, Deborah Pryce had published the identical article. Word for word.

So, you decide. Is Mean Jean a clumsy plagiarist or a sock puppet?

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