After being reprimanded by her employer, The Globe and Mail, for plagiarism, Margaret Wente felt the need to defend herself in that same paper, in this piece here. Her defense would best be described as pathetic, but don't take my word for it, as these are the top rated comments of her readers:
She should write for Rob Ford
I'm not sure you're helping yourself here.
That is not the only explanation.
It would be more plausible that you recorded this excerpt from Mr. Gardner's column and subsequently forgot that it was a quote if: 1) you are in the careless and indeed highly unprofessional habit of taking notes from other sources without recording those sources; and 2) there were not many other recorded instances of you committing the same "error."
You attempt to dismiss the existence of other such instances by referring to Carol Wainio's "obsessive list," as if it were the product of an irrational vendetta. That is not the case. I invite other readers to read Ms. Wainio's analysis ad decide for themselves (mediaculpapost.blogspot.ca/2012/09/margaret-wente-zero-for-plagiarism.html).
Yes, Ms. Wente you have been extremely careless in committing plagiarism on numerous occasions. You undoubtedly did so out of a sense of impunity due to your exalted status at the Globe and the fact that you were never previously held to account.
Those days are over.