Editorial about Margaret Wente’s Column

Group #2.

             Against Margaret Wente

 Yes, everyone knows plagiarism is sometimes difficult to avoid, but for a woman who has a dependable career in journalism for the past decade; how credible is she really?

Margaret Wente “wrote a column about the controversy surrounding the introduction of genetically modified foods into Africa.” (Wente, 2012) which she said focused around Paarlberg’s book Starved for Science. What she neglected to mention was the fact that her work didn’t surround anything that he wrote, rather was written word for word, appearing to be “in her own words.” She overlooked quoting him for what were actually his words.

She has the tendency to drop the quotation marks in her articles when they need to be included at all times. She assumes that since she states she is writing her article based off of someone else’s research that the reader will automatically know exactly which words are hers and which are the original author’s. Which is WRONG.

Furthermore, when she finally does attempt to quote Paarlberg, she quotes him at the wrong time and actually quotes him for Steve Clapp’s words instead, as seen in the Media Culpa blog. She does this often.

She says she simply has the same opinion as many of the other writers and that they all happen to come to the exact same conclusions. She is making excuses for something that, in her field, is unacceptable. She attempts to make people feel bad for her situation; she tries to make herself appear like every other person who accidentally plagiarizes. She’s not in high school and couldn’t put the work into her own words, she’s a well known journalist who, as demonstrated, isn’t as credible as we thought.

In Her Own Words:

Wente, Margaret. “Columnist Margaret Wente Defends Herself.” The Globe and Mail. N.p., 25 Sept. 2012. Web. 02 Oct. 2012. <http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/columnist-margaret-wente-defends-herself/article4565731/&gt;.

Editorial Topic:

Wainio, Carol. “Media Culpa.” : Margaret Wente: ‘a Zero for Plagiarism’? N.p., 18 Sept. 2012. Web. 02 Oct. 2012. <http://mediaculpapost.blogspot.ca/2012/09/margaret-wente-zero-for-plagiarism.html&gt;.

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