POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY MARGARET WENTE IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
Is that what you call these less-than-honest words?
Words which add up to shabby hypocrisy?
Actually, this piece is interesting for what it reveals - unintentionally, I'm sure - about Wente's methods.
Her past "journalism" - and, despite being an opinion columnist, she has engaged with what would fall under that rubric - follows exactly the same pattern as this limp, self-serving rubbish.
Again, just look to efforts like her "reportage" on Vancouver's injection sites or the end of the Iraq War.
As far as her opinion columns, she has always taken the thoughts of others - carefully selected others - and basically written dust-jacket blurbs for their books or articles, without an ounce of original thought.
Finally, John Stackhouse's leadership on this matter has been about as poor and shabby as this Wente effort.
But Stackhouse is the man who has given us a new low level in Globe editorials, so that is hardly a surprise.
When the nation's leading paper - and, yes, despite the efforts of John Stackhouse, it remains that for now - appears to condone plagiarism, what can anyone say about all those thousands of mediocre students who regularly depend upon the nasty practice?
"I've noticed that right wing conservatives in the US (as well as in Canada) attempt to vilify their political opponents instead of engaging in meaningful debate. It appears that the same tactic is being used by the left wingers posting here."
There are few things people hate more than blatant hypocrisy, and here we have hypocrisy over plagiarism.
And all that is over and above her day-in-day out practice of defending what cannot be defended and pretending at intervals to report on things she has not investigated.
The woman has abused her privileged platform once too often.