Jul 15, 2010 12:29 AM by John Romero

McInnis defends himself against latest allegations

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis is once again on the defense. For the second time this week McInnis has been accused of plagiarism. Wednesday the Denver Post accused McInnis of using information in a Rocky Mountain News op-ed piece, and congressional speeches that were similar to articles published in the Washington Post by U.S. Korean relations specialist, Daryl Plunk. "You got to fix it. You've got to move it. It's my responsibility. We'll take care of it and that's where we are." says McInnis.

Wednesday afternoon, Plunk in a letter to the Post, widely criticized their reporting. He said while some of McInnis' words were his, they simply share the same views and any allegations of plagiarism are completely false. He wrote, "Let me wholly and unequivocally dispel your untrue suggestions that my works may have been plagiarized... if you had followed basic journalistic ethics by contacting me I would have set the story straight"

Earlier this week McInnis said he make a "serious mistake" for not checking, or crediting information in an essay on water rights where information was taken from a Colorado judge. McInnis, who was paid $300,000 for the essay, blamed a research assistant he had hired. "We got the truth out today." says McInnis, "Yesterday I stood right up and said look, the expert didn't footnote it. None the less my name is on the door. Let's fix it and move on."

The following is a copy of the letter sent to the Denver Post by Plunk...

Dear Mr. Hubbard,

I write to you with respect to your July 14 article and the related editorial which make reference to my past writings and your untrue allegations that gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis may have plagiarized my work.

First, I note that no one from the Denver Post contacted me prior to publishing these scurrilous claims. So, I express to you my outrage that your newspaper would publish such claims and information about me without contacting me in advance. It seems to me highly discourteous and unethical for a news organization to practice such shabby journalism.

Next, let me wholly and unequivocally dispel your untrue suggestions that my works may have been plagiarized. If your colleagues had bothered to follow basic professional journalistic ethics by contacting me, I would have set the story straight.

In short, during the 1994-1995 period in question, I was actively communicating with various US Congressional offices in my capacity as an Asian affairs analyst at a major Washington, DC non-profit think tank. I got to know Rep. McInnis and key members of his staff at that time, and I found that I generally agreed with the Congressman's views on US-Korea relations.

Your paper's article takes aim at a 1994 op-ed article and a 1995 House Floor speech by Rep. McInnis. The Congressman's staff invited my input into both of those written works, and I was pleased to contribute to them in the editorial process. So while some of the words there indeed are mine, they surely are not "plagiarized". I was very pleased and proud to have advised and assisted Congressman McInnis on those two straight-forward policy analyses.

With record now set straight for you, I trust you can understand my dismay over this outrageous travesty by your newspaper. I will look forward to hearing about and seeing what steps you might take to correct the record.


Daryl M. Plunk



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