Musings —05.08.2010 07:37 AM—
They “hold the powers that be to account.” They spent “hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend a journalistic principle on behalf of all media.” They “cast important light on powerful individuals and institutions.” They valiantly provide “a free press, an educated citizenry and an accountable government.” Canada is “a vibrant society” that has been “built,” well, by them.
No, actually, Canada was built by lots of other people – not editorial writers. And, to put a fine point on it, what the case was about – WHAT IT REALLY WAS ABOUT – was that the National Post lied about “Shawinigate,” and then relied upon forgeries to buttress that lie, and then went to court to prevent their lie from being exposed. It’s a bit like what newspaper editorial boards argue, all the time, about the need for government openness and transparency and so on. Except that they don’t think the principles of openness and transparency should apply to them.
But, really, why am I so exasperated, after so many years? I mean, after all, these are the people who “built” Canada’s vibrant society.
I should know better.