If you’re wondering what I mean about Wentegate, have a look at Chris Selley’s summary in the National Post here. You should also have a look at Colby Cosh’s take on the issue here. As well as the Guardian article here — this is the one that exploded the issue from a minor annoyance for the inward-looking Canadian MSM to an international concern for the state of journalism.
The thing about this issue is that it’s no longer about whether or not Margaret Wente committed plagiarism. It’s now about how the Globe and Mail handles the charges about plagiarism. The consensus seems to have developed that its public editor dealt with the matter somewhat perfunctorily to say the least, and in this error of instant fact-checking and citizen examination (I suspect mainstream pundits still wake up in the middle of the night screaming at the mention of the word “Rathergate”) that attitude will no longer do.
As always, if you have alternatives other than the choices listed, comments will be welcome.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why I’m a little short this time out, my blogsite is having a few logging problems. I’m hoping to get it straightened out by the end of the week.