More on the Cunliffe/Robertson plagiarism

A reader from the US writes:

Hey Cam,

Its not a very popular show in NZ, but in the recent season finale of Veep, a political staffer writes a speech for his boss’s political party opponent then gives his boss the same speech but with some minor changes. From the synopsis …

Meanwhile Dan, Selina’s communication aid who has been vying a position in her rival Gov. Danny Chung’s office, accidentally replicates language in speeches he wrote for each of them. “I had to write Selina’s speech for the science fair so fast that I think I plagiarized the speech that I wrote for Chung,” explains Dan, showing Amy, the VP’s chief of staff, the fake, cheesy patriotic anecdote he used in both speeches. Chung tells Dan he will use the goof as political ammunition against Selina, as he too wants to run for president. 

It is hilarious to see this plot being played out in real life.

If you have not watched the show I recommend it. It is no Thick of it, but it does have many great creatives prefixes to the word “fuck”.

Sounds very interesting, I wonder if it is as good as House of Cards which I have been enjoying lately.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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