I'm imagining a recent NP editorial meeting:
"OK, folks, we've been ordered to give Canada's most deranged, psychotic and scientifically illiterate yahoos and dingbats absolutely free rein of our opinions page. But we all know that that just wouldn't look right without a good excuse. So here's my plan."
"We find a well-known progressive blogger -- no, no, hear me out -- we find a well-known progressive blogger, and let him write some Full Comment pieces -- hang on, let me finish -- we let him write some Full Comment pieces, then we open up the comments section and let every drooling, mouth-breathing wingnut and whackjob have at him."
"It's perfect. We look like we're being fair and balanced, but he gets only a few hundred words to have his say, after which we let our regular trolls and howler monkeys screech on as much as they want. Whatever message that poor fucker wanted to get across is totally lost in the shrieking. And here's the best part -- we let the next Full Commenter mock him by name."
"Oh, and when he finally gets tired of the relentless character assassination and personal insults and walks away in disgust, we can write an Op-Ed about how progressives are cowards who can't handle discourse. Am I a fucking genius or what?"