Kay: Radical Left media writers going way of dodo bird

Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay of the National Post gives us all some hope as he notes that:

“the death of Zerbisias’ column marks the latest step in a lengthy, decade long trend in Canadian journalism: the demise of the hard-left columnist”

Kay gives some credit to the blogosphere:

“which immediately point out and mock hysterical, or incorrect information contained in other media. A decade ago, The Star and CBC could get away with running commentary by whichever conspiracy-theory Marxist they liked” (see column here)


18 Responses to “Kay: Radical Left media writers going way of dodo bird”

  1. Patrick Ross Says:

    The Hateful Left will be crushed. Zerbisias was their hero!

  2. MaryT Says:

    Next to go; Heather Malick. I hope.

  3. john Says:

    With Zerbisias’ extraordinary qualifications she should have no trouble getting a job as a chambermaid at the Quality Inn.

  4. dmorris Says:

    I just heard a rumour that Zerbisias left the Paper to become the new Governor-General of Canada.

    You heard it here first!

  5. Fred from BC Says:

    In a perfect world, Heather Mallick would be brought before one of those Human Rights Commissions and charged with hate speech. What a vile, spiteful piece of work she is…

    (I was actually about to call her a “vile, spiteful woman”, but I’m still not sure about that…)

  6. john Says:

    ” BC Blue Says:
    April 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM
    I highly doubt that she could do that hard-working job”

    You’re right. I take that back. Chambermaids actually bust their backs doing a useful and difficult job and they don’t get their asses kissed by politicians and business-people.

    Maybe Zerbisias could get herself a shopping cart & garbage bag …….

  7. ck Says:

    I hate to burst your bubble. Hmm, second thought, it is with great pleasure to announce that Jonathan Kay and subsequently, you continued the error.

    Antonia Zerbisias is still with the Star and she has moved to features…

    • BC Blue Says:

      Reading comprehension issues? Kay mentioned that and I never said she was leaving The Star.

    • Patrick Ross Says:

      Which, one supposes, means that Zerbisias will be treating us to even more absurd, counter-factual conspiracy theories.

      If moving Zerbisias to features pushes her even further out of Canada’s cultural memory, the country will be far better off for it.

  8. john Says:

    Is ck actually Zerb?

  9. real conservative Says:

    Hey we need to make a hit list. You know the top ten left wing journalists that we hate in this country the most. I dare you to do a blog on that one. Would be good to have a poll with it too.

  10. Fred from BC Says:

    And of course a shameless COWARD, since she has now taken to trolling Conservative blogs while at the same time ‘banning’ Conservatives from posting on her own blog…

    (or so she thinks, anyway. No one so far has had the heart to break this to her, but IP address blocking is just SOOOOO easy to work around if someone cares anough to bother…;)

  11. Gary Williams Says:

    A curious oversight I keep marvelling at, is the failure of journalists to take into account the ongoing psychology research that has been looking at the psychological motives (if any) that help to form one’s political identity.

    As it turns out, conservatism is strongly correlated with authoritarianism and is compelled by emotional needs for order, structure and needs for certainty. Conservatives test higher than others for generalized fear, aggression, and a willingness to use violence on strangers (particularly those seen as deviant or marginal to society – eg. homosexuals, drug-users, immigrants). They also score more highly on tests used to measure intolerance, racism, sexism, and the tendency to see such people in simplistic, impersonal terms.
    Despite this (or perhaps because of it), they tend to see their own goals and motives in strongly self-righteous terms, often denying their own shortcomings completely, even projecting these very ones onto others while blaming them for the inevitable negative reaction that comes to society due their own simplistic, usually forceful manner for dealing with the problems inherent to modern civilization.
    But don’t take my word for it! Some quotes from the literature:
    “It appears that conservatism has pathological dimensions manifested in violence and distorted psycho-sexual development” (Boshier, 1983, p. 159). This is supported by a study conducted by Walker, Rowe, and Quincey (1993) in which there was a direct correlation between authoritarianism and sexually aggressive behavior. An investigation done by Muehlenhard (1988) revealed that rape justification and aggression toward subordinate individuals was much higher in traditional (conservative personality) than non-traditional personalities”. [excerpt from an Okla. gov. criminology paper – google text for URL].

    Or here’s an unusually blunt and to-the-point observation I’m reminded of every election season: “Conservatism is not the doctrine of the intellectual elite or of the more intelligent segments of the population, but the reverse. By every measure available to us, conservative beliefs are found most frequently among the uniformed, the poorly educated, and the less intelligent” McClosky, H.. Conservatism and Personality. American Political Science Review, 52, 27-45

    This is typical of the field. Try reading Dr. R. Altemeyer’s ebook “The Authoritarians”; a non-technical summary of his 30+ yrs. studying the issue which he felt it important to make freely available through his UManitoba website. Despite it’s clear value for making informed choices about those who offer to lead us, this entire area of research and it’s repeatedly confirmed results, the mainstream (or paid) media avoids it like the plague. Any thoughts on why that should be? ( 😉 almost a rhetorical question. But I’d still like to hear some thoughts on it)

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