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'Explain plagiarism,' Merkel asks Guttenberg

The Local · 12 Apr 2011, 12:43

Published: 12 Apr 2011 12:43 GMT+02:00

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Guttenberg offered his full co-operation to the chancellor, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday.

“The chancellor expects that this will hold true,” he told journalists.

But the conservative politician, who resigned in March after admitting errors in his dissertation, is also trying to block the University of Bayreuth from publishing their review of the document.

After a weekend media report revealed details of the claim that Guttenberg intentionally plagiarized portions of his doctoral thesis, his lawyer accused the university of creating conditions for prejudgement and violating his personal rights.

It remains uncertain whether the University of Bayreuth will publish its findings. The commission, which includes professors from other colleges, has not yet finished the report, and some editing will continue until the end of April.

But top academics have called on Guttenberg to make the results public.

"One who has experience with public fame must also assume that his mistakes will also be public," President of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV), Bernhard Kempten, told news magazine Der Spiegel on Monday.

Meanwhile Swiss journalist Klara Obermüller – a victim of plagiarism by Guttenberg – criticized his attempt to hinder the report’s publication.

“What Guttenberg is doing is grotesque,” she told daily Frankfurter Rundschau on Tuesday, adding she was “absolutely” in favour of the university making the report public.

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Guttenberg used 86 lines of an article by Obermüller without citing the source.

Keeping the report private “smells strongly of special privileges” and is “very undemocratic,” she said of the aristocratic Guttenberg.

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14:25 April 12, 2011 by Altdude
"It's like I told you before, Angie, my dog ate my APA Manual."
14:33 April 12, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
well, if anybody still thinks Guttenberg was framed by the Leftist media and that his transgressions were blown out of proportion... he is now exposing himself as the two-bit crook that he has always been.

It's one thing getting caught stealing other people's intellectual property - but how Guttenberg has handled himself in this scandal should leave anybody speechless. And not only that, now he refuses to fess up and take a stand, and tries to pull strings behind closed doors so the district attorneys in Hof won't prosecute him - and his lawyers are going after the University of Bayreuth to prevent the publication of its commission's report.

Some man of honor we have here.
14:43 April 12, 2011 by Gilly58
well said iseedp! I think he should take a vacation, coz he seems to be contradicting himself a lot just lately. Personally, he maybe just a little confussed, and has got himself mixed up with someone else, a clear case of mistaken identity perhaps? Anyway, I hear Lybia is quite nice this time of the year.
15:54 April 12, 2011 by whpmgr
OK, so maybe, just maybe, he was rightly accused for something that he shouldn't have done. But, you cant blame the guy for the damage control....You see, he was hypnotized by teh Left leaning professors at his school and made to cheat, in fact, he wanted to do it right, but, they told him he couldn't graduate unless he plagerized
16:47 April 12, 2011 by Kayak
Former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg's explanation will be, in his own words of course, that in the 18th century new morals had been institutionalized and enforced prominently in the sectors of academia and journalism, where plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics, subject to sanctions like expulsion and other severe career damage.

He could then use Babelfish to translate Google's explanation... sorry HIS explanation from English to German.

17:12 April 12, 2011 by tallady
I think Angie is saying " why din't you tell me you plagiarized major portions of your doctoral thesis????"
20:16 April 12, 2011 by Loth
I wonder what I would do if I was called on the carpet for a report I wrote in High school? Frankly I doubt I would even remember it.
21:00 April 12, 2011 by whpmgr
If he were 16 and in High school I might understand your comment Loth, but this is the big leagues. Wher eyou are expected to play by the rules, or, not get caught. Now it appears that he is guilty of far more than we thought before and it is worse for him and his party. I was on his side, but now it is harder to be on his side when more comes out that he hasn't leveled with us about.

damn!! And he really had a great career going. I do not think he will be coming back from this one. Good things he has a bible named after him and he is rich.
23:12 April 12, 2011 by DrStrangelove
This guy is a phony from his well-oiled top to his presumably perfumed bottom. With his now amply proven crisis management "skills", I don't see that he would have lasted long on the defense portfolio even without this scandal. Good riddance.
23:41 April 12, 2011 by wxman
What's the big effin' deal? It's a known fact that our vice-President plagiarized some of his speeches and it never affected him adversely.
00:41 April 13, 2011 by Freeman
Should do a backround check on these Prof. Doct. quacks.
10:51 April 13, 2011 by fatherknowsbest
Explain plagiarism? I want to hear Guttenberg provide us that entertainment.
07:24 April 15, 2011 by Universalismus
Pretzel mit Rädler down by the Rhein Angie? Lets bunker down in Düsseldorf and Ill explain it with some Wurst. Cant be in Bayern now near Hof... they Pozilei is followings mees

Guttys is acceptable by US/UK standards but not by Germans.

I wonder if the Govt. tracked his credit card purchases retroactively to wherever he bought his Plagirizing for Dummies books. Oh wait... Bundestag/Recihstag doesnt do background/criminal/credit checks.. FAIL




good work detective


Bayern is ein Armes Land


Angie fragt, howd you get to pull 1 plagiarized reference let alone 86? Can I borrow your AC/DC tapes Gutty.. bitte..!?
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