One of the less pleasant parts of my job is talking to students that I have caught plagiarizing assignments. All too often, rather than admit to copying they will tell me clumsy lies and blame somebody else.
Like Mark Steyn. When he was caught stealing from a blog post by Geoff Pullum, instead of apologizing and giving Pullum appropriate credit, he implausibly claimed that he had independently came up with the same examples and wording.
My previous posts on Steyn are here.
Update: See John Holbo on Steyn’s “premature dejoculation“.
More update: Predictably, Tim Blair denies everything.