Is there a more wretched newspaper than the Vancouver Sun?
That’s not a rhetorical question. It’s one sparked by an attempt to read about the HST rally yesterday evening in Point Grey.
I used to work for Darlene Marzari, Point Grey’s fantastic MLA from 1986 to 2005 and I’m interested in how the whole HST thing is going down there so I turned to the Sun – on-line – this morning to read about the HST kick-off.
Except they didn’t cover it. An issue that’s got up to 80% of British Columbians fighting mad at the Campbell government; A tax transfer that loads an extra $2 billion a year on the backs of individual taxpayers; A tax that coming on top of dollar parity will harm significant economic sectors like tourism and hospitality; not covered except for a purloined piece from yesterday’s Times Colonist that didn’t make the printed version of the paper and an historical survey of Campbell’s changing position on referenda legislation by Palmer.
I don’t blame the by-liners. There are a lot of talented writers over there – although you don’t generally get to see their best stuff till they leave. Think of Frances Bula who broke the Millenium story as a new freelancer for the Globe after she took the Sun’s buy-out.
But the management sure sucks – I remember when a senior editor was married to the head of PAB and nobody over there saw the conflict.
In the last few weeks, the small on-line site Public Eye has broken more interesting stories about the government than the Sun has since I don’t know when. And then there’s the Tyee’s series on private power projects. More enlightening than anything Scott Simpson’s written in years.
The Vancouver Sun: Would it make any difference in your life if it died? Not mine.