Politics and its Discontents: News From The Twilight Zone

If there are such things as parallel universes, I sometimes wonder if, by some cruel trans-dimensional legerdemain, we have slipped into one of them. The latest indication of the permeability between worlds comes from the confirmation hearings of the Orange Ogre’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. In this episode, we learn that Ms ...

Politics and its Discontents: Revisionism Run Amok

I have written ten previous posts about Chris Spence. the disgraced former Director of the Toronto District School Board, whose fall from professional grace was caused by his serial plagiarism. I hope readers will indulge me for my eleventh post, this one in response to a risible attempt at resurrecting his career. When I taught, ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Teachable Moment?

If so, I am afraid Melania Trump failed: But of course, now that Meredith McIver has taken the fall for the plagiarism, I guess we can all hit the rewind button. Except for one tiny detail. Since McIver identifies herself as an employee of the Trump Organization, not the Trump campaign, Trump has violated federal ...

Politics and its Discontents: True Believers Speak

And as they do, my faith in humanity continues to erode. Watch what Mother Jones has uncovered: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Now Will Margaret Wente Finally Be Fired?

When I last left Margaret Wente just over a week ago, she was bobbing merrily up and down along with the rest of the Con media, in the wreckage of the Harper regime.Still praying for a miracle, and the destruction of Justin Trudeau.But sadly for our Queen of the Globe, her deathly companion's prayers didn't work.And she ...

Alberta Politics: Does advertising plagiarism suggest Harper Government’s running on intellectual fumes?

PHOTOS: A screen shot from the new Harper Government anti-Tom-Mulcair advertisement. Actual Harper government plagiarism may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Scenes from the nearly identical 2011 Manitoba NDP 30-second spot and 2015 Harper Con spot. If political ads were popular songs, the Manitoba NDP would probably be getting ready to sue the Harper ...

Politics and its Discontents: Chris Spence’s ‘Performance: The Reviews Are In

I realize that the subject of Chris Spence is likely of little or no interest to readers of this blog outside of the immediate area, but I cannot apologize for writing what is now my tenth entry on the disgraced former Director of the Toronto District School Board. My anger at his betrayal of education ...

Politics and its Discontents: When Is Claiming To Take Full Responsibility Just A Platitude?

When it is proclaimed by Chris Spence, the disgraced former Director of the Toronto District School Board who lost his job earlier this year for extensive plagiarism. In what the Toronto Star describes as a ‘far reaching interview,’ Spence says “there are no excuses for what I did; I didn’t give credit where credit was ...

Alberta Diary: Journalists found guilty of ethical breaches really shouldn’t lecture on journalistic ethics

People who live in glass houses next door to used car lots shouldn’t … Below: Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente, the Globe’s disclaimer. S’cuse me! We ex-journalists are permitted to do whatever we like! And if Prime Minister Thomas Mulcair wants to appoint me to the Senate, I’m taking the job! The same thing ...

bastard.logic: Ethics in Exile

Silly Prince George Citizen, holding a staff writer  to account for generously liberating other writers’ work: To our shock and dismay, multiple incidents of plagiarism were uncovered from work over the last number of months. The staff member plagiarized various online new publications, while writing opinion pieces that appeared in this space. Entire paragraphs were ...

bastard.logic: Ethics in Exile

Silly Prince George Citizen, holding a staff writer  to account for generously liberating other writers’ work: To our shock and dismay, multiple incidents of plagiarism were uncovered from work over the last number of months. The staff member plagiarized various online new publications, while writing opinion pieces that appeared in this space. Entire paragraphs were ...

Politics and its Discontents: Retribution

…when Exhibit A extends to Exhibits B-C-D, when the allegations start stacking up, then what you’ve got is a pattern and a pathology, not an anomaly. A career lies in tatters because a man who’s always been able to express himself well enough, extemporaneously, annexed the parlance and patter of others in published dispatches. Here’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: Why Chris Spence Must Be Fired

It is hardly an insight to observe that ours is a world that bears witness to institutional and organizational failures on a massive scale. Those bodies that should be there to promote and protect the public good have proven far more adept at promoting and protecting their own interests instead. Be they church, government, police, ...

Politics and its Discontents: What Happens When The ‘Top’ Educator Plagiarizes?

Probably nothing, if your name is Chris Spence and you are the Director of the Education for the Toronto District School Board. A shocking story in this morning’s Star reveals that the highly-paid functionary plagiarized great gobs of an article he recently ‘wrote’ for the paper on the importance of extracurricular activities. The Star, which ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: What is the penalty for plagiarism on your planet?

Plagiarism is the “act of stealing the ideas and/or expression of another and representing them as your own,” though I can’t remember where I got that quote from — just Google it for the source. On my home planet of … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: How do I keep my two-year-old son from killing his mother (my wife)?

First off, you probably need to untie her and let her run away from the frisky little tyke. Oh and stop giving him knives to play with. By the way, you know you’re ripping off “Stewie” from The Family Guy? … Continue reading →

An individual with opinions.: Jesse Brown gets it.

He’s a quote from him, on The Agenda regarding the Wentegate. “It’s not Darn Trends. It’s not Darn Internet [that caused Wente’s plagiarism]. We’re talking about a specific thing here…. It’s not so much the  [Wente] response, but is the Globe [and Mail] okay? And this brings up questions about the Globe that needs to ...

An individual with opinions.: Jesse Brown gets it.

He’s a quote from him, on The Agenda regarding the Wentegate. “It’s not Darn Trends. It’s not Darn Internet [that caused Wente’s plagiarism]. We’re talking about a specific thing here…. It’s not so much the  [Wente] response, but is the Globe [and Mail] okay? And this brings up questions about the Globe that needs to ...

Alberta Diary: Considering plagiarism? Just forget it! Nowadays you’ll be busted for sure!

Peggy Wente gets ready to write her next column. Globe and Mail columnists may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below, the real Ms. Wente, looking like she’s in a mug shot after being busted for plagiarism; the late Ken Adachi. There has never been a shortage of plagiarism in Canadian letters. The sins of the ...

Montreal Simon: Margaret Wente and the Sorry Song

I have to admit that I am enjoying every twist and turn in the Margaret Wente plagiarism scandal.Not because I really care whether she ripped off the words of others eh? For that snooty right-wing hack was NEVER original. And in her hands even the works of Shakespeare would read like monkey scribblings.But because she has the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Social Media and Margaret Wente

About two years ago, I wrote a blog post explaining why we cancelled our subscription to The Globe and Mail. At the same time, I sent an email with a link to the post to Globe editor-in-chief John Stackhouse, suggesting that if he wanted to know why he had lost a long-term subscriber, he should ...

Politics and its Discontents: ‘I Am Not A Crook’

In words eerily echoing Richard Nixon’s famous “I’m not a crook” declaration, Globe and Mail plagiarist Margaret Wente truculently writes the following in her still extant column: I’m far from perfect. I make mistakes. But I’m not a serial plagiarist. What I often am is a target for people who don’t like what I write. ...

Impolitical: Late night memories of plagiarism

No disciplinary action to date for Mr. Harper on this egregious example, totally exposed on video. Statesman of the year, the early years…

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Maybe Wente Should Just Go

Tell me that what Media Culpa illustrates here isn’t an example of what John Mashey refers to in the comments as “mosaic plagiarism”.  MC concludes as follows: Like journalists, kids who plagiarize are sometimes excused if it’s deemed to be “an isolated incident”.  But what if it’s a pattern?  And what if the pattern is ...

DeSmogBlog: See No Evil At George Mason University

monkeys.shutterstock_10567591.jpg George Mason University (GMU) has labored for 2 years on simple plagiarism complaints.  It has just written self-contradictory findings that avoided seeing plagiarism in the 2006 Wegman Report (WR) while admitting the same text elsewhere was plagiarism. In March 2010, climate scientist Ray Bradley complained to GMU of 2.5 pages of plagiarism of his paleoclimatology ...