At first, Matt Patrick claims that it is a poem that he adapted. I guess he doesn’t know that “adapting” something without crediting the source is plagiarism. Later he says, “And then a very special, the night before Thanksgiving poem by yours truly.”
It’s not his poem. He didn’t write it.
It’s a poem that has been around since 2000. Yes, it has been passed around, but to claim that one wrote it is stealing. People lose their jobs over that sort of thing. Student get kicked out of school for it. Hell, now the burden of proof is on the student. Students have to prove through checker sites that they haven’t plagiarized.
But Matt Patrick? He can claim someone’s writing without any consequence. Yeah, he “adapted” it. It’s a lie and thieving nonetheless.
And as an added insult, he revived the “Real American Hero” spot. I guess he was drunk when everyone realized that it was in bad taste (i.e. during the Iraq war years) to use that jingle.
He was talking about being grateful and about how many people wanted to hear the poem.
He stole that poem and was not grateful enough to give attribution.
Happy Thanksgiving, Matt Patrick.