On Thursday, July 24, the New York Times revealed that Senator John Walsh (D-Mont.) plagiarized his Master’s thesis from the United States Army College and that at least 25 percent of his paper “was either taken without attribution from other authors’ works or improperly sourced.”
Despite the embarrassing revelation, CBS This Morning was the only network morning news show to report on the plagiarism scandal whereas NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America ignored the story.
In a news brief on Thursday morning, CBS co-anchor Norah O’Donnell highlighted the Times’ story:
The New York Times reports that a different senator, Montana Democrat John Walsh plagiarized his Master’s thesis. The Times analyzed Walsh’s thesis which he needed for his degree from the United States Army War College. That degree was considered one of his most important achievements. The newspaper says at least 25 percent of the paper highlighted in pink and yellow was either taken without attribution from other authors’ works or improperly sourced. The Iraq War veteran admits he made a mistake but he says he was being treated at the time for post-traumatic stress.
Blames PTSD for Plagiarism
Senator John Walsh was caught up in a plagiarism scandal this week, and subsequently said that his PTSD might have partly been to blame. Walsh walked that back a bit, but in an interview with Yahoo News today, he suggested that he had not been formally diagnosed with PTSD.
Walsh again owned up to his mistake and assured that no one would find another instance of him plagiarizing while at war college. Walsh explained he was dealing with “stressful issues” at college and had suffered a serious face injury, not to mention his emotional state after soldiers he served with lost their lives.
On the question of whether he was diagnosed with PTSD, Walsh said he went to VA doctors and his personal doctor, who “said there were symptoms of PTSD.” Walsh did not, it should be noted, give a definitive answer as to whether he was formally diagnosed.