Ottawa Citizen trying to out “Star” the Toronto Star

For last couple of days we’ve seen Glen McGregor of the Ottawa Citizen scraping the bottom of the barrel in “gotcha” news stories with his hit-piece on Helen Guergis’ mortgage (see here) and today we get Dan Gardner’s column with this first paragraph:

“Having spent the last four years being amazed and appalled by Stephen Harper’s style of governance — cynical, ruthless, controlling, unprincipled, and proudly ignorant of basic facts — I thought I had seen the worst. But then the news of Graham James’s pardon broke” (see column here)

Blue Like You does a nice rebuttal on Gardner’s piece here and lo-and-behold, see Gardner’s smarmy response here

Update: Gardner should maybe read his own paper’s editorial here

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21 Responses to “Ottawa Citizen trying to out “Star” the Toronto Star”

  1. Bec Says:

    You can’t help but notice the miserable tone and insults directed at the poster that dared to disagree.
    Implying illiteracy or drug usage because the poster dared to read his piece the exact same way that many have and will, demonstrates an astonishing arrogance.
    That same arrogance, permeates throughout the original piece as well, I thought.
    This editorialist (it was opinion was it not?) has no respect for his audience when they disagree with him it seems because after all, I just read a suggestion that a poster must be stupid stoned person (my interpretation of “So which is it, Grey? Are you ignorant, stupid, or stoned?”) and linked to a pov that was consistently proving to be exactly the same as the stupid stoned poster… (again, my interpretation of”So which is it, Grey? Are you ignorant, stupid, or stoned?”) .

    Yup, nice guy…..

  2. Agent Smith Says:

    I read the first sentence of Gardiner’s artical, chuckled and moved on. It was nice though that he was appalled….

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  4. Joanne (T.B.) Says:

    I’m surprised and disappointed in Dan Gardner. He’s written some fairly decent stuff in the past.

    But this column seems so bitter.

    • BC Blue Says:

      Curious if his lawyer background played a partial role in this? Wonder what type of law he practiced? Even that doesn’t excuse the venom he’s spewed.

  5. The Grey lady Says:

    Ignorant , stupid or stoned here….Dan really likes his echo chamber nice and neat. I have issues when some is hypocritical and blind. I have no problem pointing it out. I think it’s an opportunity for a “growing” experience. 😉
    He disagrees. But to be fair I haven’t been banned…yet.

  6. Dan Gardner Says:

    For the record: I have absolutely no problem with people disagreeing with what I write and calling me every name in the book. But I was basically accused of having a soft spot for pedophiles and not caring about the safety of children, and Grey jumped in to agree. I happen to be a father of three young kids and that damned well crossed the line.

    I didn’t delete or edit the comment. I just fired back. Got a problem with that? Feel free to leave an angry comment at my blog. And, as David Letterman says, bite me.

  7. Joanne (T.B.) Says:

    After rereading Gardner’s column I still come to the same conclusions. He demonstrates a callous lack of empathy for the victims, and he seems hellbent on somehow implicating the PMO in some kind of scheme to manipulate this story for partisan gain.

    My biggest problem was with his use of the word ‘appalling’. I wish he would have used to to describe the actions of the sex offenders.

  8. The Grey Lady Says:

    Try rereading my original post Danny Boy, I agreed that you were trying to prostitute this issue to further your Harper hatred obsession with silly irrational speculation and innuendo. Chew on that.

  9. Joanne (T.B.) Says:

    I happen to be a father of three young kids and that damned well crossed the line.

    I’m sure you are very concerned about your children.

    The objections to your column had mostly to do with the excessive rhetoric and use of words like ‘appalling’ when referring to release conditions imposed on U.S. sex offenders.

    I’m just having trouble scaring up a tear or two for them.

  10. Dan Gardner Says:

    Joanne: you need to read a little more carefully. Look at the sentence that description was leading to: “Such an amazing array of restrictions have been heaped upon American sex offenders over the years, ex-cons who want to stay on the straight and narrow find the system doesn’t help them do that: It actually pushes them off.” Got that? I’m not saying let’s be weepy for the poor sex offenders. I’m saying the conditions are “appalling” because they make it HARDER for sex offenders to “stay on the straight and narrow.” And why do I want sex offenders to do that? Because then they won’t be hurting innocent people.

    Your suggestion that I am motivated by a soft spot for sex offenders is rubbish based on misreading.

  11. For the record - News and Opinion Blog of Blogs Says:

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  12. Joanne (T.B.) Says:

    Dan, maybe you could have used the word ‘counterproductive’ instead of ‘appalling’?

    Words matter. And if my choice of words has offended you, then I apologize.

  13. Peter B Says:

    Did the main street media ask for Trudeau’s head on a stick when Margaret was snorting and cavorting with the Rolling Stones?
    If not why not?
    What has changed for media’s standards, integrity and principles?

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