The most appalling element of Lichtblau’s article may be that he has apparently resurfaced that  old problem at the “Paper of Record”: plagiarism. Noted the Heritage Foundation:

On March 30, 2011, The Center for American Progress, in a blog post that itself contained significant factual errors and omissions, made accusations related to federal funds Rep. Issa sought for his congressional district and property holdings located within the congressional district. The Center for American Progress’ researcher who authored this blog post appears unhappy with Eric Lichtblau’s attempt to pass this work off as his own in a tweet sent out last night:

lhfang (Lee Fang): Hey @EricLichtblau & @thepubliceditor your NYT Issa piece looks awfully familiar (see &

The central theme of the NYT article seems to be that Issa is a wealthy man — and he is, with a net worth of about $250 million — and a successful businessman. Worse yet, he’s an American success story: the grandson of Lebanese immigrants who came from a hardscrabble background in a blue-collar neighborhood in Cleveland who worked hard and became wealthy. Further, he’s a persistent thorn in the administration’s side, and is uncovering a scandal worse than Watergate.

Obviously he must be destroyed by the MSM — even if they have to lie to do it.

Issa’s team is treating the article as a badge of honor:

Beginning with the opening line, the New York Times piece is riddled with factual errors and careless assertions that has resulted in a story predicated on innuendo and not fact. It’s disappointing that the so-called “paper-of-record” has decided to publish a story that is nothing more than a compilation of left-wing blog posts that are easily found by a simple Google search. It’s the same old playbook, every time Darrell Issa starts gaining ground, the left-wing smear machine goes on the attack. If anything, this story validates the work that the Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is pursuing.