“Warren Kinsella's book, ‘Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse,’ is of vital importance for American conservatives and other right-leaning individuals to read, learn and understand.”

- The Washington Times

“One of the best books of the year.”

- The Hill Times

“Justin Trudeau’s speech followed Mr. Kinsella’s playbook on beating conservatives chapter and verse...[He followed] the central theme of the Kinsella narrative: “Take back values. That’s what progressives need to do.”

- National Post

“[Kinsella] is a master when it comes to spinning and political planning...”

- George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC TV

“Kinsella pulls no punches in Fight The Right...Fight the Right accomplishes what it sets out to do – provide readers with a glimpse into the kinds of strategies that have made Conservatives successful and lay out a credible roadmap for progressive forces to regain power.”

- Elizabeth Thompson, iPolitics

“[Kinsella] deserves credit for writing this book, period... he is absolutely on the money...[Fight The Right] is well worth picking up.”

- Huffington Post

“Run, don't walk, to get this amazing book.”

- Mike Duncan, Classical 96 radio

“Fight the Right is very interesting and - for conservatives - very provocative.”

- Former Ontario Conservative leader John Tory

“His new book is great! All of his books are great!”

- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD

“I absolutely recommend this book.”

- Paul Wells, Maclean’s

“Kinsella puts the Left on the right track with new book!”

- Calgary Herald

Star candidate

Sigh. Here we go again.

Here’s one from the archives:

“Just study the case heretofore be known as the Toronto Star, et al. vs. Rob Ford.

The Star threw everything it had against Ford — and everything it had behind Smitherman. The Star — which still has the largest circulation of any newspaper in the Greater Toronto Area, and therefore some degree of clout — laboriously chronicled every one of Rob Ford’s misdeeds.

His mug shot from a Florida bust (a Sun scoop, by the by). His drunk-driving record. His drug possession charge. Even unsubstantiated suggestions that he had gotten too physical with others.

Simultaneously, the Star openly offered campaign advice to Smitherman. In one now-infamous column, the newspaper’s director of communications and community relations — whatever the heck that is — offered detailed campaign advice to Team Smitherman, from advertising to staff. A Ford victory, said this fellow, would “embarrass the city (of Toronto) around the world.”

And, as historians will note, Ford won in a landslide.

The moral of the tale: media boosterism for a particular candidate – on the Left or the Right – doesn’t work, if it ever did. It turns people off.

Stick to reporting the news, instead of making the news.

3 Responses to “Star candidate”

  1. VH says:

    Don’t think that’s a fair summary of what happened. Yes, the Star railed for months against Ford. No, it didn’t sway the election.

    But why was that? Because Smitherman was stiff? sure. But mainly because of the eHealth spending issue.
    And it was The Star that first brought forward and pounded the drums on eHealth and is more responsible than any other entity for sinking Smitherman’s mayoral chances.

    And it was The Star that brought to light and refused to loosen it’s pit bull grip on Mazza and ORANGE.

    Over the past few years the Star has wrecked more provincial Liberal’s careers than they have done to any other party.

    Maybe that explains something.

  2. Should The Star, having foreseen what a horrible mayor he would be, stood by and done nothing?

    • Warren says:

      The point, Derwin, is that they made it worse. Studies consistently show that voters regard the media as a special interest group like any other. When they see the media stampeding them towards a choice, they frequently go in the opposite direction.

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