I didn’t think that any newspaper could eclipse the Globe & Mail’s silly endorsement of the Conservatives while simultaneously calling for Stephen Harper’s resignation. But the Postmedia chain has accomplished this stunning feat.
After its papers (Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, and others) endorsed the Harper Conservatives, many ran full front-page ads warning “Voting Liberal will cost you”. Andrew Coyne subsequently resigned as National Post’s Comments editor when they declined to print his dissenting opinion.
Postmedia has not only blurred the lines between informed opinion and paid advertising; they have muzzled one of their most influential columnists. In insisting that its papers toe the line, Postmedia has brought the credibility and integrity of its whole chain into question. They have also reminded us once again why the concentration of media properties into the hands of a few is a bad idea.