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.