March 30th, 2012
03:46 PM ET

Hungarian president says he won't resign after plagiarism accusation

Protesters in Hungary are calling for the resignation of President Pal Schmitt after a university he attended said that he plagiarized parts of his doctoral dissertation.

However, in an interview aired Friday on public access television station M1, Schmitt said he would not resign.

"I have a clean conscience. I have written my thesis with my best knowledge I had at the time, and I never intended to plagiarize. However, I will accept the decision of the (University) Senate that has withdrawn my doctorate. But this has got nothing to do with me being a president," he said.

Schmitt, a former Olympic fencing champion, wrote his dissertation in 1992 for the University of Physical Education, which is now part of Semmelweis University in Budapest.

In January 2012, the Hungarian HVG weekly reported that a large part of Schmitt's dissertation was copied.

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  1. Montanan

    Don't worry about it, Pal. Honesty isn't everything.

    Who remembers when Biden was running to be the democrat presidential candidate in 1988? He was busted plagiarizing speeches, revealed to have plagiarized a law review article, said he graduated in the top half of his class when he was 76 in a class of 85, lied about his degrees, lied about his grades…

    So you can be a dishonest lying sack of doodie and still go far. Joe and Obama are doing fine!

    March 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |

    this issue of protesting should be call to order.

    March 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    @@@montanan,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,when did you see bidens thesis? Word of mouth? Or how about obama? What did he do wrong ? To many medelers and not enough good in this country . How can people assume that things are true when they have not seen these things for them selves? And faith does not play here. And i guess that maybe your a romney supporter you will have to wait one more term to get rid of obama.

    March 31, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • SnottyKid

      You haven't seen a dinosaur, but you assume they existed...just saying...

      March 31, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • SnottyKid

      Let me Google it for you.

      March 31, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @snotty kid: poor example. we *have* seen fossils and bones. or do you think god seeded the planet with these things to throw us off?

      March 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That theory of the seeding God has always cracked me up.

      March 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: is that really someone's theory? rofl.. i thought i was just being creative/rediculous

      March 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sorry, Grasshopper.
      Someone beat you to it.
      The theory is that it will show that true believers can't be swayed by scientific evidence.

      March 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: so not so creative, but double on the rediculous.. lol

      March 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • It's........BANASY©! Ta Da!


      Consider it doubled.

      April 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    I guess crap runs down hill does it not then? If the government is dishonest,then so are cops and everyone else lets not forget the SUPER NEPATISTIC unions that stab there own family in the backs with lies . So what we should do then is clean up the problem from the bottom up! Starting with the unions of all the dishonest people not the good ones just the back stabers

    March 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Superman

    @@@leeintulsa good goin we needed that but your right. Im not religious but just to say that if god is real than why would he try to confuse us?

    March 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    @@@leeintulsa good goin we needed that but your right. Im not religious but just to say that if god is real than why would he try to confuse us? God is supposed to be an open door policy for every one.

    March 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    Protesting is a right. Its expression of free speech, and it should not be called to order, we need these rights or we gradually become third world, no ones going to tell me that i cannot demonstrate in a peacefull manner, i will excercise me rights to the fullest extent of the law has your lifes been controlled enough by dictatorships in government and "others" telling us what to do how to do and when to do ? The strong and correct will prevail

    March 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      FREEDOM! freedom..

      March 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Hail superman!! Very good post. And im sure leeintulsa appreciated it as well.

    March 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    And isnt posting information you get from google a form of plagiarism?

    March 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @chrissy: not if you site the source.
      If you claim it as your own original material, then yes.

      March 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT (( kush smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    i cheated at school too... why do i work at pizza hut? i should be in a goverment job

    March 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RESC

    April 1, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |

    he should die in power, thats left 4 him

    April 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |

    Come to Leavenworth Kansas and see Jezzzuss and Ron Paul supported by a government dime – Government supported JEzusss recruitment employment "networks" want a PRISON JEZZZUS worldwide just as they have the highest rates of dysfunction in America today > PORK makes the mind numb and weary.

    April 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |