Ben Carson Apologizes for Plagiarism

In this March 8 2014 file photo, Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks in National Harbor, Md. Susan Walsh/AP Photo
In this March 8 2014 file photo, Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks in National Harbor, Md. Susan Walsh/AP Photo

Dr. Ben Carson apologized today for plagiarizing parts of his 2012 book, “America the Beautiful,” saying he is working with his editors to add attribution to text taken from other publications.

“I attempted to appropriately cite and acknowledge all sources in America the Beautiful, but inadvertently missed some. I apologize, and I am working with my editors to rectify the situation,” Carson said in a statement provided to ABC News.

The instances of plagiarism were revealed by BuzzFeed News, which also first reported Carson’s apology.

The book is published by Zondervan, a Christian imprint of Harper Collins and a spokesperson for the publisher said in a statement, “It has become apparent that further source citation is appropriate in Dr. Carson’s America the Beautiful. Any necessary updates will be made in subsequent printings.”

BuzzFeed revealed earlier this week that several sections of Carson’s book were lifted from different sources including a website titled SocialismSucks.net, a CBS News article, several other online articles, and from other conservative writing.

One of the instances of plagiarism uncovered was from conservative historian William Federer. In a lengthy statement, Federer says he was “dismayed” at the Buzzfeed article and said he “feel(s) grossly misrepresented.”

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Source: ABC News |