You know you’re an idiot when Wikipedia schools you on plagiarism:
I hope the McCain campaign learns from this, as well as any campaign, organization or person who wants to use content from Wikipedia. Please do so responsibly, make sure your sources are cited, provide proper attribution, and try to use Wikipedia to dig deeper for content beyond just our articles. Doing so will go a long way toward preventing issues like this in the future.” –Dan Rosenthal, a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation
John McCain tells a story about his POW experience that seems to have been lifted from Alexsandr Solzhenitzyn’s Gulag Archipelago. McCain sentimentally recounts an anecdote of when he was a POW and his captor drew a cross in the sand.
You’d think he’d know better than to highjack Solzhenitsyn since people might be refamiliarizing themselves with the author because of his recent death. (I won’t even pretend there’s a standard of intellectual integrity given the pack the Republican presidential candidate runs with.) McCain even wrote a piece himself on Solzhenitsyn for the New York Sun. It’s possible McCain could have had such an experience, but wouldn’t have he talked about it already and written about it. Wouldn’t he have marveled for the adoring masses how he and Solzhenitsyn shared a common experience? Wouldn’t that compound the impact? I mean, isn’t that what a politician does?