NAfter his exonerating opinion for Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet, the Austrian media scientist Stefan Weber corrected himself. He now thinks it is quite possible, in Laschet’s book published in 2009 with the title “The Rising Republic. Immigration as an opportunity “to find more plagiarism.
Weber had changed a message from a reader of his blog who had drawn his attention to another unassigned quote. It is said to be almost half a book page that Laschet is said to have taken over from the Munich political scientist and former CSU minister of culture and science, Hans Maier. The reader dated the origin of the text to a speech that Maier had given in 2008 at the “Day of Religions” in Stuttgart.
Suspected victim expresses reluctance
In an email Maier told Weber that the oldest printing of the text can be found in the Catholic magazine Communio (35, 2006). “In fact, there are correspondences with the text by Armin Laschet. However, the examples he cited are generally accessible facts, ”Maier wrote to Weber.
The FAZ told Maier that he had received the two texts from Weber and first made it clear that his text was the older one, Weber was unsure who had copied from whom, although he probably thought it was less likely. that Maier could have copied von Laschet. He didn’t even know Laschet’s book, said Maier, and in any case it was quickly possible to clarify that the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister had copied from him, or perhaps a ghostwriter or assistant, sometimes politicians who publish are “deceived fraudsters”.
Maier emphasized that he certainly “did not want to be suspected of tolerating copying or plagiarism,” “not at all”. He himself had been the victim of a plagiarist decades ago when he noticed that a colleague had copied entire pages from his doctoral thesis “Revolution and Church: Studies on the History of Christian Democracy in France”. But you have to judge each case individually. In any case, he did not want to get the reputation of giving Laschet, who was already in trouble, more of them. Incidentally, according to Maier, he considers the “chasers on duty” to be “not a very likeable species”.
Auditors have to “google” manually
Weber meanwhile regretted “the hasty step to the public before carrying out a ‘deep drilling’, which is now taking place”. With the plagiarism software Turnitin, which is one of the most reliable on the market, he was unable to identify any plagiarism pattern. The spot had been marked, but was dated to the year 2011.Since Laschet’s book was published in 2009, Weber paid no attention to the reference to the year 2011.
Weber confirmed to the FAZ that he would now examine the book in as much detail as that of the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock. He has worked on 91 pages so far and there are four other suspect sites. Laschet’s book has 300 pages. Weber also apologized publicly to the plagiarism searcher Martin Heidingsfelder because it was not the author, Karsten Weizenegger, whom he contacted who had published the plagiarism. Weber also pointed out the methodological problem that plagiarism checkers have to “google” a text manually in 2021 because Google does not provide an affordable interface.
After the further discovery, Weber says, “Possibly Laschet behaves to Baerbock like Schavan to Guttenberg”. A single plagiarism, which is a few lines long, could still pass as an editorial oversight by a supplier, which from Weber’s point of view would also have to be mentioned. However, there is only one name on the spine of Laschet’s book.