Warren Kinsella’s Shit from CBC

Frank is delighted to report that all’s well with the CBC’s time-honoured tradition of cronyism.

Take, for example, the Corpse’s new Opinion site, which falls under the baton of Steve Ladurantaye, the state broadcaster’s recently appointed “Digital Managing Editor” (wat dat?! shurely not $210,000 a year?!—ed.)

According to Steve, the Opinion project will be a bastion of diversity…platform for unheard voices…destination for debate…let a thousand flowers bloom, etc.

Strangely, among the first of Steve’s fresh new voices was none other than, er, Warren Kinsella, the prominent punk poseur, self-promoter and veteran Liberal shill.

By remarkable coincidence, even for Toronto, Kinsellout is also a longtime Ladurantaye chum. Indeed, as recently as Oct. 17 Steve was tweeting his credentials as “Kinsella’s therapist/confidante/band mate.”

The band in question is that geezercore band camp known as Shit From Hell, to whom YouTube critics have not been kind: “You guys suck ass, with your 3 power chord squeals on your second hand Fender Squires [sic].”

Just how much Ladurantaye paid Kinsella for his fascinating insights on Donald Trump’s victory (“Americans were so, so angry. They wanted to lash out. They did.”) may never be known.

But it’s certainly more dough than he’s getting from Troy Media, white-space filler to over 1,800 print and online media outlets in Canada and which syndicates a basket of ignorables including Kinsella, Gwyn Morgan, Michael Taube, Trevor Shelley and assorted pindicks from the Fraser Institute.

(another inch, please!!—ed.)

The Troy Media business model differs greatly from the CBC, however. The Corpse pays taxpayer cash for columns, while pay-to-play Troy charges some of its esteemed columnists as much as $649 a pop to publish their eye-glazers.

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8 comments on “Warren Kinsella’s Shit from CBC
  1. gormab says:

    Not to be pedantic, but, it’s Squier, not Squire.

  2. daveS says:

    And it’s Robyn Urback as editor of this short-lived Opinion section. Oy!!
    Robyn Urback was the Front of Book Editor for the Spring 2010 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, the highlight of her career, then downwards through the National Post.
    But her career shows that she jumps/kicked within a few years: Columnist, National Post Editorial Board, April 2013 – October 2016 (3 years 7 months), Staff Writer, BlogTO June 2010 – 2013 (3 years)
    Blogger/Video Blogger Maclean’s OnCampus, July 2009 – September 2012 (3 years 3 months).

    Do not read the vacuity that is her twitter account.

    Still it is Neil MacDonald bringing in the public with his pajamadram followers and the patriotic-to-Israel basement dwellers add to his more than 2000 daily comments right away.

  3. Forbes Kennedy says:

    Gorman is so effing pedantic.

  4. Forbes Kennedy says:


  5. daveS says:


    A thumbsucker of 10 points: “Electing Donald Trump was America’s way of lashing out”.
    Already the comments are closed this posting on the CBC “opinion” site after 2 days.
    There is no “Editor’s Pick” among the ‘go-home’ comments.

    36 comments on Kinsella’s blog, but few to the points in his CBC link, as was the CBC comments which was just a cause to comment on the U.S. Election. Steve Ladurantaye is 115.

    • daveS says:

      Neil Macdonald, of the CBC ex-Washington bureau, get 30 percent more comments for Trump election with 35 percent more cogent words, and the commentators are on topic. (Also comments closed quite quickly. Mr. Ladurantaye’s “Opinion” experiment might not be working out as they at CBC thought.)

  6. Forbes Kennedy says:

    F – Gormab.

  7. tyrone says:

    Jennifer McGuire’s blog posts about this being such an important “destination” always link to “Office of the General Manager and Editor-in-Chief” instead of her actual name…that sounds vaguely communist…

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