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What a U.S. culture war story tells us about Canadian media

Although the Claudine Gay saga was an American story, it involved debates over antisemitism, DEI, and academic standards similar to those brewing at Canadian universities. The media itself also became part of the story, with duelling narratives that conservative outlets were targeting Gay while progressive ones were downplaying her plagiarism.

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Dave Snow discusses the Canadian reporting on Claudine Gay, which were “sparse” in commenting on her plagiarism accusations, among other aspects as opinion pieces also impacted reporting. What are your thoughts on how this topic was reported in Canada?

23rd January 2024 at 7:21 am
Ian MacRae

Mr. Snow and the opinion authors are probably of an age before social media enhanced the belief in oppressor vs. oppressed groups. Their academic backgrounds were influenced by traditional liberal thinking: factual evidence, balanced arguments and acknowledgement of the superiority of an argument. Today’s students (copied by too many teachers) view the world from an oppressor/oppressed lens and are comfortable shouting down contradictory arguments as heresy.

I suspect the Star writer will view Mr. Stone and his writing as heretical, worthy of dismissal on the basis of his gender and race.

23rd January 2024 at 8:56 am

I’m wondering how someone that was already known for bouts of plagiarism could have gotten the job as top dog in a university in the first place. Did race have anything to do with her hiring? It seems that DEI enthusiasts place race and gender ahead of merit.

23rd January 2024 at 8:55 am
Gord Edwards

It does appear that her academic record wasn’t that strong and certainly no one looked closely into her work. Of course – in the world of critical theory and social justice, is seems people just parrot the same ideas. Perhaps that makes the line between conforming to the accepted opinion and plagiarism less clear? Yes I’m trying to be somewhat humorous there.

But your question raises one of the many problems with affirmative action/employment equity strategies. If race and gender are accepted considerations and are in fact celebrated, it raises the possibility that someone attained their position at least in part due to their “identity”. It can put the question in peoples’ minds and is a disservice to those you achieved their position by merit.

23rd January 2024 at 5:59 pm
Michael F

Her academic work has been thoroughly investigated and the claims of plagiarism were flimsy at best.

23rd January 2024 at 1:48 pm
Paul Attics

Perhaps it has always been thus, but there seems to be an erosion of principles, specifically having them, let alone adhering to them when demands of one’s tribe are felt, or other cost required. This seems to be the case at the personal, institutional, and societal levels…now get off this grumpy middle aged man’s lawn! 😀

23rd January 2024 at 10:24 am
Lorne Husk

Why can’t these dumb radical politicians realize that what they are trying to do just can’t be accomplished.It appears they want to bankrupt most citizens and starve us to death.People can only be pushed so hard that they are going to rebel and it won’t end very well.Why are the RCMP protecting these criminals.

23rd January 2024 at 9:48 pm
Richard Courtemanche

Most Canadian media outlets and their puppets have been coerced by corrupt politics. Their reports are therefore propaganda intended to feed the naive and useless by attempting to misinform the wise, no matter where they are.

23rd January 2024 at 5:04 pm
Michael F

Gay had been coached by legal experts to use specific language in her testimony despite continually being baited by the panel, especially by the Trump supporter and conspiracy theory loving Stefanik. The whole thing was eerily reminiscent of the antics of one Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s whose accusations drove some to suicide. And records show Stefanik has taken money from Pro-Israel lobby groups like AIPAC. Where are the howls of foreign interference?

23rd January 2024 at 1:45 pm