Lefty Australian columnist Phillip Adams has responded to
plagiarism allegations levelled against him by Alan RM Jones in the
upstart current affairs
magazine Investigate.

With his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, Adams told Crikey
yesterday he wasn’t surprised by the claims. He was only surprised
they’ve taken so long to surface after a career spanning five decades
of “serial
copying and pasting.”

“I’m sure he’s right. This is my 50th year as a columnist (is this
a record?) writing on every imaginable subject for pretty well every
newspaper and magazine in the country. And not one of the ten to 15 million words published under my name was original. I nicked
them all.”

Adams promised us a more measured response to the article, and the
accusations, as soon as he can make it down to the big smoke to pick up
a copy of Investigate.

We’re looking forward to finding out whose best lines he borrows for his response.

Peter Fray

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