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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.

Ol’ Peggy Wente is Back in the Saddle, Obviously, Not Having Learned a Damned Thing

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I always thought ol’ Pegs Wente was ga ga giddy uncontrollably as she feverishly types her “columns”,  trashing social programs and the misery of others with relish.  I really shouldn’t be surprised that the Grope & Fail took back ol’ Pegs, but a part of me was hoping she’d have been canned.  No . . . → Read More: Ol’ Peggy Wente is Back in the Saddle, Obviously, Not Having Learned a Damned Thing

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

The sexualized, infantilized coverage of Pussy Riot by western media

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by Igor Mukhin

Sarah Kendzior, in an article appearing in the Atlantic, points out the well-meaning but ultimately dismissive tone some western writers have adopted when writing about the women of Pussy Riot. The writer provides examples of this attitude, interesting enough from writers for the quasi-progressive blogs, Huffington Post and The New Republic.

Kendzior . . . → Read More: The sexualized, infantilized coverage of Pussy Riot by western media

Oh Peggy, Your Anti-Quebec Bias Is Showing!

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Peggy Wente first goes into her commentary over Patrick Brazeau and Justin Trudeau’s boxing match last week-end and saying that Justin Trudeau would not be a good leader for the Liberals, because the west hates his dad, yadda! yadda! yadda.  Yes, I’m sure Peggy would be one of the first to go ga . . . → Read More: Oh Peggy, Your Anti-Quebec Bias Is Showing!

Word to Peggy Wente And Comic Relief: A Cheesy Cartoon And Latest From Montreal Icons, Bowser and Blue

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Keep thinking you live in a democracy, dear.

What’s happened to my country? I went away for a couple of weeks and all hell broke loose. I came back to find that someone named Poutine stole the last election. At first I thought this was a typo, that they meant Putin.

Go . . . → Read More: Word to Peggy Wente And Comic Relief: A Cheesy Cartoon And Latest From Montreal Icons, Bowser and Blue

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

Now, Peggy Wente, It’s Not Nice to Slam An Ideological Sister Like Kathy Shaidle

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Vintage Peggy Wente. She does prove that she is, indeed, Chrissie Blatchford’s sob sister, along with Tash Kheiriddin.  Peggy, of course, misses the point of the #occupy movement.  What a bitter woman she is!

“Why should artists have to work instead of just making art?”

Peg asks one occupier. Who knew Kathy Shaidle . . . → Read More: Now, Peggy Wente, It’s Not Nice to Slam An Ideological Sister Like Kathy Shaidle

Sorry Guys, Margaret Wente is Right. Almost.

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Margaret Wente’s Globe and Mail column of a few days ago — “Do you belong to the Elites? Take this test and see!” — caused a bit of a stir on this blog and other places. I’m going to commit the ultimate heresy: Margaret Wente, everyone’s favourite bête noir, is correct in the main premise of . . . → Read More: Sorry Guys, Margaret Wente is Right. Almost.

Maggie Wente Overboard

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I honestly can’t believe what passes for journalism these days. Earlier this week, there was Brian Lilley’s looney poll in Sun Media.  Now, we have Maggie Wente who is showing her resentment for “elites” by gracing her readers with a quiz. That’s right, she has a “How Elite are You?” quiz this week . . . → Read More: Maggie Wente Overboard

When you’re losing, what do you do? Get cheerleaders, of course!

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Despite filling their roster with future superstars, the Edmonton Oilers are struggling. As if scared by a reminder of last year’s dismal season, the Oilers have come up with a unique (for Canada) gimmick to fill the stands and boost the TV ratings. Later this season we will see cheerleaders in the stands . . . → Read More: When you’re losing, what do you do? Get cheerleaders, of course!