Blog by John Miller

Circling the wagons

September 28th, 2012

Maybe it's time for The Globe and Mail to change its motto. Maybe Junius really meant to say "The subject who is unintentionally loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to oversight."

First Margaret Wente unintentionally forgot a quotation mark. Then she remembered that she must have unintentionally copied something another columnist wrote. Then -- oopsy -- Globe and Mail ...

What we learned

September 27th, 2012

One of The Globe and Mail's recently disaffected readers writes in his blog about getting a rather snarky email back from editor-in-chief John Stackhouse when he cancelled his subscription. Stackhouse told him: "You seem to prefer the smaller world of the blogosphere. Sad."

Well, it ain't that sad, folks. And it sure ain't so small.

Less than a week after the paper got embroiled in a scandal I ...

Still standing?

September 25th, 2012

The Globe and Mail is arguably Canada's most respected newspaper. But judging by how it is continuing to twist itself into knots over allegations of plagiarism levelled against its most prominent columnist, it may blunder itself into history as an object lesson in how not to polish the proverbial turd.

Moving to try and stanch a tsunami of derision toward his paper on social media sites, edito ...


September 23rd, 2012

Carol Wainio is an artist who has exhibited widely in Canada, including at the National Gallery. She teaches Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. In her spare time she blogs on matters of journalistic integrity. She specializes in detecting plagiarism.

Sylvia Stead is the newly named public editor of The Globe and Mail. The paper says it created the position earlier this year in "an effort ...