Last June, while covering the botched announcement of Annette Bosworth's Senate campaign, I noticed that someone on Bosworth's fake-publicity team had plagiarized one of my blog posts. After a little trek into the Internet weeds, I've discovered that author is a fake.
"CrisDaniels" has just two other posts, both posted within a week of his plagiarism of my work... the same week that Chad Haber got really excited about posting marketing materials about his wife and himself. One post talks about Miles Tate, an addiction patient Team Bosworth managed to plant on KELO to talk down personal responsibility and the Affordable Care Act. The other talks about the use of magnets to treat depression, a treatment Bosworth offers at her clinic. Writing by "CrisDaniels" sounds very much like the sort of sloppy copy Chad Haber has churned out on multiple venues to promote his wife and himself.
This Bosworth booster didn't just steal my writing; he stole his own photo.
Meet Chris Travis, pastor and author from Manhattan. His online photos include the exact photo that some Bosworth promoter stole to create the illusion of a Sioux Falls "journalist" giving positive press to an impending Senate candidate.
Enough coyness: add the tone, the time frame, and the trickiness, and you get pretty good odds that "CrisDaniels" is really Chad Haber... just as the "sfogas" who posted the first notice of Bosworth's candidacy was likely not just Samuel Fogas working on his own initiative but a young intern carrying out the orders of his boss Chad Haber as part of a barely bush-league marketing campaign.
This kind of plagiarism and deceit is why the Bosworth-Haber campaign gets my attention. Haber and Bosworth have a history of strange statements and shady dealings that make Bosworth's Senate campaign stink of scam. "CrisDaniels" won't investigate Haber and Bosworth; real Sioux Falls journalists should.