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Daddy D, plagiarist

Remember James Dobson‘s bleating Time article on Mary Cheney, Two Mommies Is One Too Many, (my post here)? Not only is he in hot water with one of the psychologists he quoted (and another is raising hell), we now discover via Teach the Facts.org’s Vigilance, that Daddy D lifted an entire paragraph from someone else and pasted it in his Time diatribe.

First, what Daddy D “wrote” in Time:


The unique value of fathers has been explained by Dr. Kyle Pruett of Yale Medical School in his book Fatherneed: Why Father Care Is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child. Pruett says dads are critically important simply because “fathers do not mother.” Psychology Today explained in 1996 that “fatherhood turns out to be a complex and unique phenomenon with huge consequences for the emotional and intellectual growth of children.” A father, as a male parent, makes unique contributions to the task of parenting that a mother cannot emulate, and vice versa.  Two Mommies Is One Too Many

It turns out that Dobson didn’t have to search any further than his own Focus on the Anus digs to lift this para from writer Glenn T. Stanton and change a couple of words to make them his own:

The fathering difference is explained by fathering scholar Dr. Kyle Pruett of Yale Medical School in his book Fatherneed: Why Father Care is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child. Pruett says dads matter simply because “fathers do not mother.”  Psychology Today explains, “Fatherhood turns out to be a complex and unique phenomenon with huge consequences for the emotional and intellectual growth of children.”  A father, as a male parent, brings unique contributions to the job of parenting that a mother cannot.

Oops. What was that about values? Maybe he and Ann Coulter can compare plagiarism tips.

Hat tip, Americablog.

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