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Margaret Wente’s plagiarism, er, ‘attribution’ problem. Part Deux.

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“An earlier online version of this column contained unclear attribution. This version has been clarified.”

That’s the note appended to Margaret Wente’s latest Globe & Mail column. Does this pseudo journalist never learn? How is she still employed? Does she now warrant an editor exclusively devoted to her work? “Unclear attribution?” Are you kidding me? . . . → Read More: Margaret Wente’s plagiarism, er, ‘attribution’ problem. Part Deux.

Will Wentegate pull off the covers off the old boys/old girls network in Canadian media?

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Canadian publishers convene ‘blogger ethics panel’ – “Something has to be done about these people”

With Colby Cosh breaking the silence of the journalism elite by criticizing and mocking not only Sylvia Stead but also the Globe upper crusts and Margaret Wente herself, will the floodgates now open? Well no, there are probably not enough . . . → Read More: Will Wentegate pull off the covers off the old boys/old girls network in Canadian media?

The state of Canadian journalism. Coyne, Stead, Wente edition.

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Margaret Wente has been caught allegedly plagiarizing.

Her public editor, Sylvia Stead, quickly absolves her of any indiscretion.

I react with a typically hyperbolic blog post.

For a lark I ask Andrew Coyne on Twitter for his opinion on the issue.

In response, Mr. Coyne evades my inquiry, instead moving the cursor to . . . → Read More: The state of Canadian journalism. Coyne, Stead, Wente edition.

The myth of the ‘liberal media’ in Canada has finally been put to rest

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By giving Margaret Wente a pass, the Globe & Mail has at last put to rest the myth of ‘liberal bias’ in Canada’s media. A new era, in hyperbolic terms, has begun. So I say, thank you Sylvia Stead. And thank you, Margaret Wente. I don’t think either . . . → Read More: The myth of the ‘liberal media’ in Canada has finally been put to rest

Write sstead@globeandmail.com and ask her to look into allegations of plagiarism by Margaret Wente.

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The charges of plagiarism against Margaret Wente of the Globe & Mail are spreading like wildfire through social media. What started as an immaculately researched expose of Wente’s ‘borrowing’ of other journalists’ words has spread far enough that professional journalists are freaking.

Since the media itself is reluctant to police its wayward souls, I decided to pen an . . . → Read More: Write sstead@globeandmail.com and ask her to look into allegations of plagiarism by Margaret Wente.

Margaret Wente’s plagiarism problem

Tweet From urNews.ca I had heard before about Margaret Wente’s tendency to plagiarize other writers but had not seen any hard evidence of these charges. Media Culpa has done the hard lifting and provides multiple examples of what can only be termed plagiarism by the Globe writer. In fact, the examples cited by the blog are staggering . . . → Read More: Margaret Wente’s plagiarism problem

Globe & Mail dips its toes into Robogate

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Globe & Mail editorial office

The Globe & Mail, that dusty old Miss Havisham of a newspaper, has been notably silent on the Robogate scandal, dancing around it like a wounded Dervish. It has yielded the floor to another Conservative publication, the National Post of all papers, to take the ball and . . . → Read More: Globe & Mail dips its toes into Robogate

Will Globe & Mail’s first Public Editor (aka Ombudsman) make a difference? The question of Sylvia Stead.

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Public Editors, or Ombudsmen as they are more often known, can be iffy things. Defined loosely as “one that investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints”, the role can be broadly defined.

The New York Times is probably the best example of an effective Public Editor, where its ‘Ombudsman’ researches complaints of bias . . . → Read More: Will Globe & Mail’s first Public Editor (aka Ombudsman) make a difference? The question of Sylvia Stead.

Operation Maple takes on Globe & Mail. Number 6 in Gang of Seven.

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Operation Maple has been doing a yeoman’s job in pointing out the main pillars of Canada’s Conservative media monopoly. So far OM has grappled with the following behemoths of industry:

Sun Media Corporation Bell Canada Enterprises The Rogers Dynasty Irving Media Shaw Media

And now at number 6, OM tackles . . . → Read More: Operation Maple takes on Globe & Mail. Number 6 in Gang of Seven.

Globe & Mail editors pick Harper majority as story of the year

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Globe editors relax in Florida for prescribed vacay following another Con victory party

To celebrate, Globe editors put aside their crutches and patronizing air to low five each other over cocktails and wienies. No report on the obligatory congratulatory call from Stephen Harper although rumours of an army of nurses in attendance have . . . → Read More: Globe & Mail editors pick Harper majority as story of the year

The Magnificent Seven: Stephen Harper’s seven new Senators leaked

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STARRING: Shotgun * Blogging T * * Ezzy * Huffer * Wenthataway * The Poet * Blatched

The Conservatives’ new best friend, the Canadian wing of the Huffington Post, has a take on who will be Harper’s new Senators come January. LFR has its own sources. Funnily enough, the new Senators are almost . . . → Read More: The Magnificent Seven: Stephen Harper’s seven new Senators leaked

Tory Taber wanks on for the Conservatives. Again.

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Whatever they pay her is not enough.

Jane Taber has made quite a reputation for herself as a hagiographer for women - Conservative women, that is. Today, Taber doubles down on Lisa Raitt whilst adding Rona Ambrose to the mix.

It’s not so much that Taber and the Globe love to exalt Conservatives but it is that Taber does . . . → Read More: Tory Taber wanks on for the Conservatives. Again.

I Wonder if The Grope & Fail Editorial’s Glowing Endorsement of Stevie Spiteful Will Get Them Back in Sun Media’s Good Graces?

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Remember not that long ago how Sun Media’s editorialists were whining, almost taunting the Grope and Fail about them no longer being Conservative?  Well, this endorsement (more like ass-kissing)  from the Grope & Fail’s editorialists, for Stevie oh so dreamy should put poor Sun Media’s editorialist’s minds right at ease!

They endorse dictatorship . . . → Read More: I Wonder if The Grope & Fail Editorial’s Glowing Endorsement of Stevie Spiteful Will Get Them Back in Sun Media’s Good Graces?

No longer a real newspaper, new Globe betrays Canadians–Article By a Catch 22 Harpercon Member

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Nick Fillmore from Catch 22 Conservatives has written an article under the above title. He has published in The Rabble and has been passing it around via email and would like it published on as many blogs as he can.  I offered to publish Nick’s article here. So, here goes, folks!

No longer . . . → Read More: No longer a real newspaper, new Globe betrays Canadians–Article By a Catch 22 Harpercon Member

Catch 22 Conservatives Poster Unveiled–And the Firing of Ric Salutin

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Yes, Gary Shaul and Nick Fillmore had requested that I design a poster for the Catch 22 Harper Conservatives campaign given my background in graphic arts. I was too happy to volunteer my time to this project.  The goal was to at least have an 8.5″ x 11″ ready for the Catch 22 . . . → Read More: Catch 22 Conservatives Poster Unveiled–And the Firing of Ric Salutin