The Globe & Mail’s resident plagiarist and cheap-shot artist Margaret Wente has finally resurfaced after a mysterious two-week disappearance, with a typically vapid column on the U.S. election. Strangely, the Globe & Mail seems to be introducing an extra-special moderated comment format just for Wente. They also had her print yet another vague non-apology, referring to the fact that she’s been doing this a long time (13 years!) and that she “apologizes” for the fact that she’s made some “careless mistakes.” Due to the ongoing link boycott, you will have to find your own way to Wente’s column.
It’s certainly better than Wente’s last attempt at an apology, a vague brush-off which implied that the people accusing Wente of plagiarism really just had a vendetta against her because of her politics. However, I’m still not happy with this continuing reference to a few “careless mistakes.” Which mistakes, precisely? Is Wente now acknowledging that she lifted material from more than just Dan Gardner? If so, on how many times does she think this occurred?And is this sort of performance, from one of the nation’s senior columnists, really something that can be captured with the phrase “careless mistake”? Wente, and the Globe, seem very reluctant to use the “P-word.” They shouldn’t be. Confession is good for the soul, or so the Scots say.
Plus, since she doesn’t actually explain what she’s apologizing about in any detail whatever, presumably there will be at least some readers who find their way to this column and aren’t even sure what she’s apologizing to them about in the first place. In which case, one has to wonder, yet again, how one ought to accept this “apology.”
In any event, I thought it would be nice to do what I can to get it all out in the open. The following is a list of recent Wente columns (and some older ones), noting, where I come across one, any allegation that has been made regarding quote-lifting or other “careless mistakes.”
Some may think I’m just continuing to further the political vendetta against Wente. No, what I’m doing is showing readers just how sorry Wente really is. After all, if she’s reached the point where she’s willing to apologize for “careless mistakes,” we ought to know how many mistakes there are, so that we know how sorry she is. Plus, just to show that this isn’t a political vendetta, I thought it would be best to include all of Wente’s work, and just some annotations regarding plagiarism and other problems. Because I think, as you cast your eye down the list, you will find yourself agreeing that Wente is indeed a highly original, insightful, and thought-provoking columnist, and that the nation’s media would be a smidgeon poorer without her three-times-a-week contributions.
I’m linking to all of the articles despite the ongoing link boycott, but only because it seemed appropriate. And so, without further ado, I give you a compendium of the wisdom of Margaret Wente: