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Margaret Wente

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Shorter Margaret Wente: I'm sorry, but if you would all stop pointing out my ethical lapses this would never have happened so piss off.
—Emmett Macfarlane[1]
I keep telling people: she must have some very comprimising pictures of Globe publishers to stay in print. She has dirt.
—Russell Bart

Margaret Wente is a Canadian award-winning columnist for The Globe and Mail serial global warming denialist,[2][3][4] torture advocate,[5] MRA aplogist,[6][7] xenophobe,[8] and if you didn't notice already, all-round crank proll.[9][10][11] All while holding, in a completely original manner, just an English degree.[12]

If combating the horrors of liberalism is her goal, Sun Tzu's The Art of War wasn't on her reading list.[13] While her views would be perfectly suitable for, say, the Daily Mail, and she has often been compared to Ann Coulter, Wente's attempts to sound intellectual separates herself from the more blunt, Poe-like outrageousness of the latter. "Canada's Melanie Phillips" could be more appropriate.

Plagiarism is good[edit]

In September 2012, Peggy was found to be stealing other writers' work for years, creating an internal crisis at The Globe and Mail on whether to fire her or not as she launched ad hominem attacks on bloggers for making her "a target for people who don’t like what I write."[14][15]

The CBC immediately sacked Wente from her position as a radio panelist,[16] but The Globe took the time to enact unknown "disciplinary action." Decency be gone, she's still writing like the event never happened, and it makes you wonder why Canuckistan's "newspaper of record" is making a mockery of itself instead of easily hiring a more level-headed conservative columnist.[17]

Short breaches of sanity[edit]

As even more proof that stopped clock is an epidemic, Wente is an opponent of vaccine denialism.[18] But do note the irony of her criticizing people for scouring the Internet for a "bottomless cornucopia of junk science and scare stories."

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  1. [1]
  2. Response to Margaret Wente's Opinions on Climate Change, Matthew Hoffman
  3. Ross McKitrick is a legitimate source to her, apparently.
  4. She's also on the board of directors for "Energy ProbeWikipedia's W.svg," a weird hybrid of anti-nuclear activism and ethical oil defenders.
  5. "Can you ever argue about torture?"
  6. A woman gets injured in her sport? Women shouldn't be athletes!
  7. Only now are women allowed to go into combat? It's their fault! (Comments were closed the minute it was posted.)
  8. Another Wente controversy, J-Source
  9. "Drug addiction isn't a disease, it's a habit!"
  10. "I'm not qualified to analyze Mr. Piketty’s work" And every economist on the planet laughs.
  11. "Take John, for example, who’s pursuing a degree in environmental law. He was infuriated by your column criticizing organic food and posted it on his Facebook wall with a snide quote for all of his friends to see. Is John a real person? Did we just make him up to make a convenient point? Was John at the Occupy protests? These are just some of the questions our Editorial Board will never bother you with." [2]
  12. She also spends her time bashing the usefulness of English degrees.
  13. In this piece, she denounces liberals as "almost exclusively concerned with harm and fairness." A few lines later she backtracks with "they see society as composed of autonomous individuals who should be free to satisfy their wants and needs as they see fit." (Does this all the time.)
  14. Still Getting the Story Wrong, Torontoist
  15. 8 key questions and answers about the Margaret Wente plagiarism scandal, Poynter
  16. Statement on Margaret Wente and Q's media panel
  17. The National Post would have certainly picked her up anyway.
  18. "Measles is back. It had help."