What’s Bugging Kinsella about Paul Godfrey?

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Kinsella
Kinsella

I don’t get it.

Liberal pundit Warren Kinsella is up in arms over the fact that the four major newspapers in Alberta supported the Conservatives in the recent provincial election. All those papers are Postmedia-owned.

Kinsella’s criticism of this action misses the mark for your agent.

Your agent was on the editorial board at the Postmedia Ottawa Citizen for a number of years and the deal is that board members represent the ownership of the newspaper. When told by head office, the paper’s editorials reflect that. No one goes onto that board without knowing what his or her role is.

Now good newspaper ownership lets the board have its head and for the most part, we got that at the Citizen. Postmedia is run by chief knock Paul Godfrey who represents the ownership of the chain better than most.

We knew on the board that if Godfrey supported the Tories (and he did), the position of the Citizen editorial board was to back the Conservatives. That’s the stance of ownership. That’s who we represented.

So Kinsella is appalled that Godfrey supported the Alberta Conservative party and at least the Edmonton Journal was told by head office that was their editorial position.

But that’s part of the deal when you’re on the editorial board.

Sorry my friend, but I disagree.

Here’s Kinsella’s take.


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