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Diana Kinnert: CDU politician is said to have copied in two books


She was considered a young talent of the Union: Now an expert wants to have discovered plagiarism in two books by the publicist and politician Diana Kinnert.

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Diana Kinnert (in October 2019): "not willfully"

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The CDU young politician Diana Kinnert copied two of her books to a considerable extent.

The plagiarism expert Stefan Weber came to this conclusion in an analysis.

It is therefore about the books »For the future I see black« (Rowohlt, 2017) and »The New Loneliness« (Hoffmann and Campe, 2021).

In the two books, Kinnert "sometimes extensively plagiarized in more than 200 passages," according to a statement from Weber.

According to the analysis, the authors affected include Ulf Poschardt, editor-in-chief of “Welt” and Markus Wehner from the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (FAZ).

Weber lists 22 plagiarized passages in »I see black for the future« and 203 in »The New Loneliness«.

In both books, "they were also copied from Wikipedia without citing them," says Weber.

The books contained bibliographies "that do not mention the sources of plagiarism."

While the first book has "large-scale, almost verbatim assumptions," the assumptions in the second book are smaller, but all the more numerous.

In the case of many plagiarism sites, violations of the copyrights of the authors concerned can also be assumed.

FAZ report: Kinnert apologizes

Kinnert advised the CDU top candidate Christian Baldauf in the 2021 Rhineland-Palatinate state election campaign.

In the past she had already advised the British government.

Most recently, she was a member of the Values ​​Commission of the CDU leader Friedrich Merz.

According to a report by the FAZ, the CDU woman has already apologized for the plagiarism.

When asked by the newspaper, she admitted that she had not worked carefully.

According to Kinnert, she did this "not willfully".

»When researching, I may have mixed up pieces of text, copied sources into draft files, assumed I had already paraphrased correctly.«

According to his own statements, the expert Weber had found plagiarism in the books of today’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Die Grünen) and the then CDU leader Armin Laschet, who had entered the race as the top candidates of their respective parties.


Source: spiegel

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