As those of you in our audience know, Margaret Wente has served as a regular face and voice on our Q media panel for the last three years. In that time she has brought interesting perspectives and arguments to the airwaves and played a role in the panel becoming a popular part of our programming.
Having said this, the job of Q's biweekly media panel is to scrutinize media coverage, tactics, standards, and ethics. Given that mandate, we have regretfully decided to suspend our regular freelance relationship with Ms. Wente on this panel.
Globe and Mail editor John Stackhouse, confirmed in the paper that Ms. Wente faces disciplinary action over a 2009 newspaper column because "the journalism in this instance did not meet the standards of The Globe and Mail, in terms of sourcing, use of quotation marks and reasonable credit for the work of others."
We are continuing to follow details as they emerge, but we can confirm at this time that Ms Wente will not be appearing on the Q media panel.