Wednesday, December 09, 2009
The Journalistic Spanking of Christie Blatchford
When Christie Blatchford's smear job on Richard Colvin first reared its ugly head, I noticed something strange.
Although getting some leaked e-mails should have been a big scoop, no other Globe reporter was touching the absurd chickenhawk's story.
But as Paul Wells notes, they've more than made up for it since.
In 20 years in journalism I have never seen anything resembling the systematic and sustained repudiation to which Christie Blatchford, the Globe and Mail’s marquee columnist, is being subjected by her own newspaper. There is room in any good paper for disagreements among colleagues, and frankly there should, for a long time now, have been room for more of that at the Globe. But this goes further. This is breathtakingly methodical. And I believe it was needed.
I don’t think hanging Blatchford out to dry has been the Globe’s goal here. But because she wrote what she did, and Globe reporters keep finding what they do, hanging her out to dry has become necessary to the larger task.
Oh boy have they ever.
Christie. Crusty. Canadians want journalism out of Assghanistan, not Con propaganda.
Or all that jingo nonsense and all that manly musk.
Never have I witnessed such a journalistic spanking. And never was one more DESERVED.
ATTEN- SHUN !!!! One, two, three, four.
Once more with FEELING.
Oh what a lovely war...