Sabato accuses Webb of plagiarism
As chronicled in this week's cover story, UVA politics professorÂ Larry Sabato told MSNBC's Chris Matthews in September that he knew Senator George Allen used "the n-word" when the two were classmates at UVA but later admitted he himself never heard the word cross Allen's lips.Â Many took it as a sign that Sabato was showing his cards and no longer an objective analyst. ButÂ now SabatoÂ alleges that Allen's Democratic opponentÂ Jim Webb is not without his own sin– specifically, that heÂ plagiarized another author in his 1999 novel The Emperor's General.
In a November 1 National Review OnlineÂ article, Ramesh Ponnuru compares passages of The Emperor's General with David Bergamini's 1971 book Japan's Imperial Conspiracy. When Ponnuru showed Sabato the 17 passages in question, he told Ponnuru, "There are some passages that were lifted, that’s just obvious," adding, "It could have been taken care of with one line in the author’s note. Even in fiction you have to acknowledge an intellectual debt."