Remedial Media: Cornhole still packing grudge

How curious to see Michael Coren once again boo-birding Craig and Marc Kielburger, Free the Children’s crown princes of do-goodness, from the cheap seats at Sun News Network.

Apparently Cornhole’s still nursing a grudge from 15 years ago, when the Kielburgers handed him his spotty arse in court (more on that later.)

The Sun’s resident Britfart recently joined guest sock puppet, Tanya Granic Allen, for an hour (seemed like a month) of feigned outrage over the Kielburgers’ We Day extravaganza this week at the Air Canada Centre.

Among the 30-odd speakers and performers at the Free the Children-sponsored smarmfest (which in the past has drawn some 20,000 teens), will be Chris Hadfield, Katy Couric, Nelly Furtado and rapper Big Sean.

“It’s to promote empowering young people to take a stand against things,” Granic-Allen cleverly observed. “Of course, let’s take a stand against poverty. Let’s have these trips overseas where we’re building schools.”

That got Cornhole grimacing as if he’d just been, er, cornholed.

“I’m an old cynic. I wonder how much good they do,” he said. “I think they make the kids feel good, they dance, there’s hugging, communal stuff and, it might do some good, I don’t know.”

“This is very establishment. It’s very mainstream. Has the support of a lot of people.

“It does concern me a bit, though, we did an item here a few months ago, and one of the guys involved [in a previous We Day], wasn’t he a stripper or something?”

“That’s right, Michael,” Granic-Allen, piped up, right on cue. “One of his part-time jobs was to work in a homosexual stripping troupe. He resigned as a result of the attention.”

And that’s the least of their sins!

According to an aghast Granic-Allen, in 2011, Free the Children also “backed Planned Parenthood and the reproductive rights agenda.”

Worse, they even had Justin Trudeau as a guest a few years ago.

More where-will-it-all-end eyebrow-spasms from Cornhole, who declined to apprise viewers of the special relationship he enjoys with the Kielburgers, one that goes back to the mid-nineties, when he freelanced for Saturday Lite magazine.

In those days, the mag was owned by Tubby Black, whose editor, Ken Whyte, was busy transforming SL into a right-wing pamphlet that reveled in trashing lefty Canadian icons like Farley Mowat, Pierre Berton and Michael Ondaatje.

In 1997, Whyte also commissioned a character assassination piece on Craig Kielburger and hired senior typist Isabel Vincent and Cornhole, then a prominent Toronto Teddy boy, to get the goods.

Why Whyte would want to smear a 13-year-old kid raising money for his international charity is a real poser.

The article was larded with classic Coren weasel words, nudges and winks—opening on the Kielburger “swimming pool,” in the “sprawling” yard of his “spacious” home.

Vincent and Coren described Kielburger as a “precocious pubescent” who has “learned to speak in almost perfect sound bites.”

In another, they described how some “cynical journalists” had taken to calling Kielburger “Damien.”

The article also suggested that Kielburger and his family pocketed some of the dough given to Free the Children.
The Kielburgers sued for $3-million in damages and in 2000 a judge ruled in their favour, saying Craig had been libeled in a “snide, derogatory,” cover story. SL was obliged to cough up $319,000.

Gracious to the end, Whyte said the payment was “largely a commercial decision.”

“It was costing us a great deal of time and money. It was time to wind things up.”

Fifteen years on, the Kielburgers host sold-out youth rallies at the ACC. Cornhole forlornly barks at the shut-ins on Sun TV.

 

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One comment on “Remedial Media: Cornhole still packing grudge
  1. marcelmead says:

    re.: “Why Whyte would want to smear a 13-year-old kid raising money for his international charity is a real poser.”

    I’m reminded of a Spiderman comic I read as a kid, in which the odious J. Jonah Jameson shamefully confessed his reason for slandering the teenage superhero’s reputation: “deep down inside, I’m jealous of him.”

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