Don’t pay for the Sun. There you have it. If you read it – and I do for about five minutes a day – read it for free.
In my view the Sun is a mixed bag of boring and trite local news of the dog bites man variety, business boosterism, global cultural mediocrity and far right propaganda. There are lots of good reporters and writers but few good stories. Go figure.
Margorie Nichols would be ashamed to be seen with today’s Sun in her hands. So would Jack Webster.
It’s the editorial pages that drive me around the bend. The chairman of Ghaddafi’s favourite prison builder and alleged bribe recipient, SNC Lavalin – also Christy Clark’s advisor – is a frequently featured writer. The Fraser Institute has a direct pipeline, as do unidentified lobbyists shilling in their clients’ interests.
And then there is the editorial pages editor Fazil Mihlar. Did anyone besides me read his piece Monday? My condolences to you.
There’s something about Mihlar’s writing that makes you cringe as soon as you start reading. He’s like the guy at a party who makes a mis-timed, inappropriate and just plain bad joke every time he opens his mouth. You know immediately he’s really screaming “like me, like me, I’m funny, I’m confident, I’m smart, I need a girlfriend.”
He’s the guy who coined the term “banana” to attack environmentalists. Banana stands for something not very funny and very right wing that I can’t remember because it’s too cumbersome. Isn’t that pretty much the definition of a bad writer?
Now it seems he’s dropped banana – praise the lord – in favour of another light, comedic approach to the topic of resource development. He’s become the leader of a fake political party – although that’s what I thought his previous employer the Fraser Institute is.
His new fake party represents the 90 per cent against the ten per cent who are holding them down.
And the 10 per cent are?
The environmentalists, the labour unions, the non profits, the left wing policy institutes. These are the new elite in Mihlar’s mind. And he’s going to take them on.
Funny how his friend Gwyn Morgan from Encana isn’t among the elite. Gwyn Morgan who’s made his millions and retired to a $30 million gated estate on the shoreline just outside of Victoria.
Gwyn Morgan’s no elitist because he’s a job creator. A guy who provides the high income jobs of the future, like building those prisons in Libya for his business partner Ghaddafi.
This would all be pathetically funny in a kind of ‘what a pathetic goof he is’ way if it weren’t so untrue. So patently false.
Over at Talking Points Memo, they’ve published a graph from a study of inequality in the US, a graph that closely mirrors the situation in Canada. The graph illustrates the uncoupling of productivity gains and income gains that started in the 70’s.
Prior to that all shared in the economic gains that accrued through productivity gains. Now, the benefits pretty much accrue to one small class at the expense of everyone else.
That’s the world Mihlar is lying about. Without doing something to restore the connection between productivity growth and income growth, job growth alone won’t do a thing to change inequality.
The Northern Pipeline is a perfect example: Many of the workers needed to build it will be imported – lets call a spade a spade – and it will take few workers to run it. The profits will flow and will be reaped in the boardrooms alone, mostly abroad. Finally, the commodity it supplies will be building someone else’s economy.
But British Columbians will bear the cost of any environmental damage from building the pipeline and operating it.
When Mihlar says he stands with the 90 per cent agains the 10 per cent opposing these kind of deals he’s lying on behalf of the real one per cent. That’s not what an editorial page editor should be doing in a real newspaper.
Fazil Mihlar is no editorialist. There’s a difference between editorialist and propagandist. Mihlar is the latter. Don’t forget it when you read him in the Sun you did’t pay for.