StarPhoenix Ed. Board Also Endorses The Worst Political Party Ever

And here’s more Postmedia bullshit, from the daily paper up yonder:

For the past five years Canada has equipped the Conservative government with training wheels, holding it in check with a minority government as it learned to balance and steer the country through trying times. And despite some seriously wobbly moments, in the opinion of this editorial board, as well as those of all other major Postmedia newspapers, it’s time to take off the wheels and give the Conservatives the majority they need to prove what they can do. This might not have happened but for the orange tide to come out of Quebec in the late days of the campaign, and for this we owe NDP Leader Jack Layton some thanks. One hopes this surge in support for an untried, fourthtier party with a sketchy platform will be enough to focus the minds of apparatchiks within both the federal Conservative and Liberal parties about the danger of partisan street fights that have replaced working in the national interest.

“Sketchy platform”? Compared to the Tories??? How can these ed. board geniuses write that with a straight face when they actually have weirdos like Brad Trost running amok up around Saskatoon, bragging about re-opening the abortion debate? How can anyone decent, informed and intelligent support the Conservatives?

Short answer–no one decent, informed and intelligent could support the Tories. Two of the three, maybe. But not all three.

I wonder why the StarPhoenix’s editorial board wants to broadcast to the 50 per cent of this province that doesn’t vote Conservative that it supports a government that appears to hate women, Natives, the poor, the vulnerable, gays, artists, students, academics, civil servants and scientists? Those are all groups that have been repeatedly punched in the face by the Conservatives.

Look, I know an editorial doesn’t entirely define a newspaper and SP writers, like their counterparts at the Leader-Post, do some decent work that should probably be supported. Still, I’m really tempted to suggest Leader-Post and StarPhoenix readers cancel their subscriptions.

Hurting these awful newspapers economically might give them “a chance to reconnect, from the bottom up, with their [readers].”

(Thanks Publisher Terry for sending me this. You want me to have endless raging meltdowns on the blog today, don’t you?)

UPDATE: The sentence “I wonder why the StarPhoenix’s editorial board wants to broadcast to the 50 per cent of this province that…”  has been updated to include the part I left out, which hopefully helps it make sense now. (Also, I guess 46 per cent would be more accurate…)

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

3 thoughts on “StarPhoenix Ed. Board Also Endorses The Worst Political Party Ever”

  1. “Training wheels”? More like a f*cking straight-jacket, geniuses. That’s what you do with violent sociopaths. It’s like the L-P and SP both come to the faulty conclusion that, if the restrained, minority beast cannot learn to function and cooperate with others, that it should be fully put in charge of running the hen-house.

    It really makes me wonder if the L-P and StarPhoenix editorial board have, have ever had, or can even produce children?

    Their message to SK voters: “You know what, the schoolyard bully cannot be controlled; instead of kicking him out of school, we’re making him principal. Then maybe he’ll really show us ‘what he can do’.”

    We live in an upsidedown, fliprubblebubble cake world.

  2. in the opinion of this editorial board, as well as those of all other major Postmedia newspapers

    I don’t want to read too much into this, but this line certainly hints that the Postmedia endorsements reflect the opinions of the chain’s publishers rather than the thoughtful consideration of editorial boards.
    It’s worth keeping in mind that editorials are (almost) never signed and as such are meant to reflect the opinions (and often the interests) of the publisher, but “publishorial” is such an ugly word.

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