Roger Cohen wrongly claims credit for coining insipid ‘Romnesia’ line

This is almost like fighting over who gets credit for inventing New Coke or the vuvuzela. Tonight the New York Times’ Richard Cohen tried to take credit for coining the term Romnesia, a term which the president has beaten so close to death on the campaign trail that the RNC is now using it in ads.

Cohen’s followers were quick to point out that no, Cohen doesn’t get royalties.

@nytimescohen @mlake9 wow you have got to be kidding. You write for the NYT you big baby!

— kade ellis (@kade_ellis) October 25, 2012

.@nytimescohen Did you give credit to @georgemonbiot? His “Romnesia” was Sep 24. monbiot.com/2012/09/24/rom…

— Steven Cho (@dachoste) October 25, 2012

George Monbiot did write a column for the Guardian in September called “Romnesia,” which he described as “the ability of the very rich to forget the context in which they made their money.”

@dachoste @georgemonbiot Oh. Had no idea. Thanks for pointing out.

— Roger Cohen (@NYTimesCohen) October 25, 2012

@nytimescohen you’re in the zeitgeist, man, stop whining

— Ginny Fite (@unwrinkledbrain) October 25, 2012

@unwrinkledbrain Think I’ll bow out the zeitgeist, ready for a little amnesia myself.

— Roger Cohen (@NYTimesCohen) October 25, 2012

That challenger has backed off, but as Twitchy reported, Mother Jones’ David Corn published an article back in June called “A Case of Romnesia.” For what it’s worth, Wikipedia dates the term back to April 2011, but I think we can all agree: enough, already.

If the New York Times is looking for something new and fresh to write about, might we suggest the Benghazi cover-up?

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