Day two of convention controversies
"Astute hot take from @davidfrum on the Melania mess. I’m plagiarizing 'Cavalcade of Derp' for my next album title," resolves E.W. Scripps' Aaron Weiss of the 10 reasons Melania Trump's speech shows problems with Donald Trump's campaign (at 8,000+ shares). In that piece for The Atlantic, David Frum makes the case that Melania's seeming plagiarization of Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech certainly wasn't welcome after a "quarrel with Ohio's governor," missing senators and governors, "no-show donors," convention financial problems and the fight over rules on the floor. "Good summary of why this isn't just a one-day scandal. It's so bizarre you wonder about insider sabotage," argues Toronto Star's Judith Timson, although AFP's Dmitry Zaks suggests that's just "Wishful @HillaryClinton thinking."
Let's just agree that Melania's speech did bear some striking similarities to Michelle Obama's -- and one RNC official did make a very convincing defense of her misstep by citing a "My Little Pony" quote. But no matter who was responsible -- a ghost writer or Melania herself -- what's clear is that no one has been fired. "I guess @realDonaldTrump can't fire his wife. Oh, wait, he has," realizes Foon Rhee at The Sacramento Bee. Maybe it's because the entire speech was one giant Rickrolling? Melania’s Fan Club will surely have her back, but kudos all the same to the laid-off journalist sitting in a Starbucks who scooped everyone. "Get this guy a job, STAT! This is what good journalism looks like," announces Annalee Grant at SNL Energy.
But did President Obama do the same thing in 2008 to Deval Patrick's speeches? For what it's worth, Boston Magazine argues not. Also, check out The Guardian's “A short history of political plagiarism” and CNN’s “Politicians called out for copying" for further pontifications on political plagiarism. As for tonight's headlining speeches, so far Chris Christie shook crowds awake with a litany on Hillary Clinton's legal sins, daughter Tiffany called her father "a natural-born encourager," and oldest son Donald, Jr. stated, "For my father, impossible is just the starting point." Never miss a moment from the convention floor by checking in on CNN's live updates.
And elsewhere in radical shakedowns, while Megyn Kelly has remained publicly mum about the Roger Ailes controversy, reports indicate she told investigators that Ailes sexually harassed her, and that's why the powerful Fox News CEO is "all but out the door."