Hopefully he’s staying “strong for a moment like this”
Bill Shillady, a Reverend in the United Methodist Church, and spiritual advisor to Hillary Clinton, apparently slept through English 101 at Seminary on the day using quotation marks and citing source material was covered.
Shillady’s book, “Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton”, is being pulled from bookstore shelves and Amazon, after Abingdon Press, the book’s publisher, discovered that the plagiarism reported by CNN in August was just the tip of the iceberg.
That initial report, which came August 14th, showed that passages from “Strong for a Moment Like This”, were taken verbatim from a blog post by Reverend Matthew Deuel. According to CNN, “Shillady apologized, saying he was “stunned” by the similarities between his email to Clinton and Deuel’s column. CNN reported at the time that Deuel said in a text message that he and Shillady talked on Monday, and that he had accepted Shillady’s apology”.
It seemed as though, yet again, a Clinton associate would succeed in dodging scandal.
That was until Tuesday, when CNN released another report, this one outlining Abingdon Press’ response to the original CNN article. The publisher supposedly launched their own investigation into the matter, which included the “extensive review” of Shillady’s book that yielded further evidence of plagiarism. In a statement to CNN, Reverend Brian Milford, who oversees The United Methodist Publishing House, the parent company of Abingdon Press, said the following:
“Abingdon Press has zero tolerance for plagiarism. Consequently, we have discontinued sales, will remove existing copies from all sales outlets, and will have them destroyed along with our existing inventory.”
I applaud their enthusiasm. Plagiarism is nasty business and even a man of God and friend of Hillary should have to pay the piper.
The good Reverend has since come out and apologized, saying Tuesday, “I deeply regret my actions. I was wrong and there is no excuse for it. I apologize to those whose work I mistakenly did not attribute. I apologize to those I have disappointed, including Secretary Hillary Clinton, Abingdon Press, and all the writers and others who have helped me publish and promote this book. I ask for everyone’s forgiveness.”
With her new book coming out, I bet Hillary is disappointed all right. But she shouldn’t be. Reverend Shillady simply took her advice that “It Takes a Village” – and applied it to the context of writing a book. He just didn’t tell us who lives in that village. Given Hillary’s history shading and shaping the “truth”, I’m not surprised that her close spiritual advisor has turned out to be ethically challenged.