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O'Reilly should give credit where it's due

Reported by Chrish - June 12, 2008 -

This past week has been all about gas prices and oil and energy policy on FOX. I've noted Bill O'Reilly's new passion for Congressional mandates for flex-fueled vehicles and his demonization of OPEC (Saudi Arabia in particular) and have found the source: he read a book on vacation.

Energy Victory by Robert Zubrin (recommended on billoreillydotcom) is described as

"a bold plan for breaking the economic stranglehold that the OPEC oil cartel has on our country and the world. Zubrin presents persuasive evidence that our decades-long relationship with OPEC has resulted in the looting of our economy, the corruption of our political system, and now the funding and protection of terrorist regimes and movements that are committed to our destruction. ...
Zubrin's plan is straightforward and practical. He argues that if Congress passed a law requiring that all new cars sold in the USA be flex-fueled — that is, able to run on any combination of gasoline or alcohol fuels — this one action would destroy the monopoly that the oil cartel has maintained on the globe's transportation fuel supply, opening it up to competition from alcohol fuels produced by farmers worldwide."

I'm all for self-education, but O'Reilly is putting these ideas out as if they are his own, when he is parroting something he read.

Zubrin is certainly smarter than I and I don't oppose his ideas, but for O'Reilly to present them without attribution as his own, in his Talking Points Memo, is disengenuous at least and probably a violation of Zubrin's intellectual property rights.