Via one of the dumbest Blogging Tories in BTdom, we have the National Post's Jonathan Kay, blending in nicely with the other 99 monkeys and their typewriters:
I doubt this will register as epic news outside of Toronto. But it has just come to my attention that Antonia Zerbisias is no longer writing a column for the Toronto Star. Her March 31 effort -- a not untypical Zerb rant against the evils of Canadian foreign policy -- informed readers that "This will be my last column for The Star's Living section. Thanks for reading, and for writing. Stay tuned for news of my next assignment for The Star." (Her subsequent piece, published in April, describe her as a "Feature Writer.")
Jonathan blithers on for a while longer, barely able to conceal his seething jealousy of someone with actual talent, then drops this steaming turd on the dining room carpet:
It's not just that Canada has become a more conservative country over the past few years -- which it has. It's the discipline imposed by the blogosphere (including blogs run by this and other newspapers), which immediately point out and mock hysterical, or incorrect information contained in other media.
Yes, Jonathan ... like when a national newspaper prints a bogus story of Iran forcing Jews to wear badges, and those of us in the Left-o-sphere have to correct the record, while those in the Dumbshit-o-sphere shriek with outrage and swallow that fairy tale in one gulp. You mean like that, Jonathan? Yeah, I know what you mean.
AFTERSNARK: Jonathan gets a public spanking from one "Shelglen":
It is great that the National Post exists - although in semi-bankruptcy (funny, that!). It provides a place for hard-right pseudo-columnists to write their usual uninformed & nasty verbiage, & to have other knuckle-draggers cheer them on. It's a nice little club for the intellectual & morally deprived.
Thank you, Jonathon, for the nice list of all your Con journos, just to give people a very clear direction of who NOT to read. No one with an actual functional brain reads those people. Maggie Wente at the Star is "the most popular columnist there"? Upon what fantasy do you base this dreck?
As for Ms. Zerbisias, it happens that she did not "lose" her column, but went over to features because so many women want to read an actual representative intelligent female writer on broader topics, which the Star management agreed to.
You should be so lucky, Jon, as to have even one-tenth the writing & journalistic abilities, than Zerbisias has. You aren't even interesting.
To which Jonathan digs deep intellectually and snaps back:
Hi Antonia ... I mean "Shelglen"
Now that is some witty shit, Jonathan. I remember when I used to have zippy retorts like that. When I was five.
The National Post: Canada's journalistic equivalent of "Everybody Gets a Trophy" Day.
UPPITY DATE: Awwwwwwwwwkward.