MSNBC host accused Kentucky senator of stealing from the Wikipedia page for the Ethan Hawke movie “Gattaca”
Always the good conservative soldier, Stephen Colbert defended Kentucky Senator Rand Paul from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s plagiarism accusations.
While campaigning on behalf of anti-oral sex Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, Paul delivered near-verbatim lines lifted from Wikipedia’s entry for the movie, “Gattaca”: “In the movie, ‘Gattaca,’ in the not-too-distant future, eugenics is common and DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class,” Paul said.
Maddow called Paul out on her show for taking the description word-for-word from the online encyclopedia. But as Colbert speculated Tuesday, it might not be plagiarism at all: Maybe Rand Paul wrote the Wikipedia entry on “Gattaca.”
Either way, the “Colbert Report” host is focusing on the content of the words, rather than the origin: “That is irrefutable scientific evidence that (opponent Terry) McAuliffe’s pro-choice policies will lead to an Ethan Hawke movie,” he said.
Colbert further defended Paul, saying that the man is no plagiarist. The comedian then read directly from a number of Wikipedia entries to explain exactly who Paul is.
Watch the clip: