I was amused by the Huffington Post headline:
Rick Perry Thinks People Will Forget About His Famous 'Oops' Moment
—Sam Levine, Dec. 11, 2014
I Googled "Rick Perry Oops" and the following message popped up:
About 518,000 results (0.30 seconds)
Gov. Perry's "Oops" will be around long after he's dead.
If I were the media director for an opponent of Rick Perry in the 2016 presidential election, I would blitz the airwaves with his "Oops" YouTube video and the following lede voice-over:
Would you trust this clown to negotiate with Vladimir Putin or Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?
Off the Hook in Europe
The European Union has passed a law allowing people to "scrub their reputations online" if the entries were old stories about them that might cause embarrassment.
Even if the story is true, you can demand that Google erase it.
Ain'-a-gonna happen here under the First Amendment.
In short, what's on the Internet is for a long, long time.
Here are some famous folks on the Internet who were caught red-handed as plagiarists.
Date: Dec. 18, 2014
Google Entry Number of Hits on Google
Joe Biden Plagiarism About 142,000 results (0.49 seconds)
Nina Totenberg Plagiarism About 36,200 results (0.55 seconds)
Prof. Laurence Tribe Plagiarism About 23,600 results (0.50 seconds)
Doris Kearns Goodwin Plagiarism About 19,000 results (0.61 seconds)
Stephen Ambrose Plagiarism About 18,000 results (0.36 seconds)
A Joe Biden speech contained some exact verbiage from a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock.
Nina Totenberg's situation is the most interesting. Currently, she is the highly respected legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio. Her transgression was picking up some picture captions from another publication and running them in The National Observer, where she was a fledgling writer. Totenberg had had no idea she had done anything wrong. But she was fired. Later she wrote: