Sunday, November 20, 2005
Don Cherry: Canada's most esteemed public intellectual.
I've yet to confirm it myself (is it just me, or is the National Post's web site possibly the most badly-designed web site in the history of man?) but I have it on good authority that, yes, Don Cherry won the Post's online poll as Canada's "Most Esteemed Public Intellectual."
Frankly, it should have been cause for embarrassment that he was even on the list of nominees. The thought that he actually won leaves me, quite simply, speechless.
What sort of lesson do we draw from this? Seriously. Does this say something about us as a country? Or does it say something more specifically about the readership of the Post? And how did it come to pass that Cherry ended up winning? Do we imagine the average Post reader, scanning slowly down the list of potentials, muttering, "Uhhh ... huh ... yeah ... whoa! At least I recognize that name!"
Can someone supply an online link to coverage of this? I still feel like I have to read it for myself to truly believe it.