Willfully blind: A closer look at the Margaret Wente plagiarism scandal and what it says about The Globe and Mail’s institutional arrogance
Read the RRJ's highly-anticipated summer cover story on how The Globe and Mail handled the Margaret Wente plagiarism scandal.
By Brittany Devenyi, Gianluca Inglesi, and Rhiannon Russell
The morning of Monday, September 17, 2012, reader Carol Wainio sent a 2,135-word email toGlobe and Mail editor-in-chief John Stackhouse. It detailed multiple instances in a 2009 column by Margaret Wente, “Enviro-romanticism Is Hurting Africa,” of what Wainio called “very significant overlap” with stories from sources as disparate asFood Chemical News and The New York Times. The greatest number of similarities—including virtually a whole paragraph—were with a 2008 article by theOttawa Citizen’s Dan Gardner. Wainio’s introductory note concluded, “[A]ny comment from you as to whether the examples are consistent with Globe policy would be welcome.”
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