Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Is there a copyright on metaphor, too?

Ed Morrissey, usually one of the brighter least-dim lights of the right blogosphere, seems to think that using similar rhetorical techniques amounts to plagiarism. Odd that he doesn't have a problem with his boss, Michelle Malkin, piecing her entire career together with snippets of Father Coughlin, early-pro-Jim-Crow National Review op-eds and the The Reader's Guide to Xenophobia, Volume 7 (Mexi to Musl).

Update: Will "Captain Ed" demand George W. Bush hold a seance to get permission to steal from Reagan?

Bush, May 28, 2008:
For all the advanced military capabilities at our disposal, the most powerful weapon in our arsenal is the power of freedom.
Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981:
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
And no, there's no attribution.


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