Friday, February 16, 2007

Gosh, Macleans ... what a coincidence.


Macleans magazine gifts us with the "Macleans 50" -- a "diverse field of Canada’s most well known and respected personalities from journalists to politicians offering their comments on the issues of the day, everyday."

Anyone notice a common theme here?

  • 20: Steve Maich is a senior editor and columnist with Maclean's, ...

  • 27: John Geddes is Maclean’s magazine’s Ottawa bureau chief ...

  • 31: Luiza Ch. Savage is the Washington bureau chief for Maclean's ...

  • 32: Andrew Potter writes a column on public affairs for Maclean's ...

  • 33: Adam Radwanski is the managing editor of Macleans.ca ...

  • 46: As Maclean's managing editor, special projects, Tony Keller ...

Wow. 50 of the most well-known and respected pundits in the country, and six of them happen to be associated with Macleans. Some magazines just have all the luck, don't they?

7 comments:

pretty shaved ape said...

Canadian Cynic presents a diverse field of two of Canada’s most well known and respected personalities neither journalists nor politicians offering their comments on the issues of the day, everyday.

macleans, the magazine that canadians know from the moments before getting a needle or a cavity filled. where there's molar dust and rooms full of sick people, we'll be there. because you should have our version of the facts while you wait to get probed.

The Jurist said...

In fairness, it doesn't look like there's any implication that the list is a ranking of any sort. Instead it's simply a group of prominent people who have agreed to spend some time commenting on Macleans web articles - and it shouldn't be much surprise if their own staff are both fairly high on the list of possible candidates, and willing to say "yes" to the offer (if they even have a choice).

Declan said...

A bigger concern seems to be the right leaning bias of the 50 although I haven't formally added the numbers. but if you figure that the NDP and Green Party account for about 1 in 4 english speaking voters, you might expect somewhere around 12 of the top 50 to be from that part of the specturm. I suppose it's possible that all the names I don't recognize with no bios are left of the Liberals which might make the list almost balanced.

Of course, Macleans having a right leaning group of people is almost as surprising as them including many of their own staffers in the list.

Mes Amis said...

Well, they had a deadline to meet and a 'Macleans 44' banner wasn't catchy enough.
Solution, hang around the office watercooler and corner a hapless half dozen to fluff up the article.

And yes, they deserve a whack on their collective peepees.
It was remiss of them to end without the standard boilerplate -
Canadian Cynic (Bio coming soon) and pretty shaved ape (bio coming so on) were unavailable for comment.

Ti-Guy said...

the magazine that canadians know from the moments before getting a needle or a cavity filled.

God, you're a riot.

I've never seen an institution handle its slide into irrelevance and banality as badly as McLeans. No one I know subscribes to it anymore....right, left, young old....doesn't matter. It should change its name to Canadian World News Daily...!!!1! and be done with it.

Paul Wells...what are you thinking? Is your mortgage that expensive?

Dr. Dawg said...

I was given a free subscription for one year by Rogers Cable as a reward for being a loyal subscriber.

Second prize, no doubt, is a two-year subscription. :)

Ti-Guy said...

Heh heh.