You have the best arts coverage of all our Canadian newspapers. You have some excellent reporters. During this election campaign, you published a number of serious, well-considered, forcefully argued editorials. I don’t know why you feel the need to give Margaret Wente a platform, but I can overlook that. Often, I feel like you are the only Canadian paper that aspires to some sort of intellectual seriousness. The Toronto Star tends to break more stories than you do, but I prefer your vibe. I’m stuffy that way. I don’t know why anyone would read the National Post, except, occasionally, for its long(ish)-form theatre reviews.
And today, you left me without a Canadian paper to read. I’m cancelling my subscription…
After reading the complete article, you may have a sense of the skill deficiencies within senior levels of Canada’s newspapers. No doubt, the press employs young people with potential to become consummate journalists but steady cutbacks not only shrank editorial offices, they pruned heartwood that provided durability and decay resistance to each news organization.
When any corporation excises it most experienced staff, it expects to save costs and it may hope to gain vitality. Instead, remaining staff becomes submissive and the operation loses institutional memory, knowledge and wisdom. When management selects a brainless course, there is no one willing to dispute the choice.
David Walmsley, Globe and Mail editor for the last 19 months, moved from one senior media job to another since coming to Canada from the U.K. where he worked in Belfast, Glasgow and London. Within weeks of his arrival at the Globe, the newspaper’s staff were expressing uncertainty, worry and discontent. Media critic Andrew Mitrovica blamed in part, “a proposal to have editorial staff pen advertorials paid for and approved by advertisers.”
The Globe’s editorial supporting the Harper dominated Conservative Party, but not Harper, has been called an example of absurdist humour. The twitterverse reacted in its usual multi-faceted fashion:
Globe editorial board has outdone itself. Incoherent, naive, fanciful, and entirely irrelevant. Pretentious claptrap. #moreglobeendorsements
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