Sunday, April 29, 2007

Canada's Worst Columnist

This fall, I'll be teaching a course on column and editorial writing. Recently, a Liberal hack wrote on his worthless blog that Tom Korski, one of the smartest people I've ever met, is Canada's worst columnist. (For the 99.999% of Canadians who don't know Tom's work, he's a columnist for the low-circulation Ottawa Hill Times, a must-read on Parliament Hill, but with no appreciable readership south of Laurier Street). That would definitely come as a surprise to anyone who reads the offerings of Charles Adler, Warren Kinsella, Scott Reid, Steve Madeley, Sheila Copps, Jane Taber, and a host of other really, really bad columnists. You may be surprised by my pick. She's predictable, her columns are poorly structured, they're way over-long, pedantic, condescending, and she has an ugly, mean streak.

3 comments:

2Sheds said...

She's predictable, her columns are poorly structured, they're way over-long, pedantic, condescending, and she has an ugly, mean streak.

With such an introduction, I was certain I'd find the contemptible H. Mallick on the end of that link…surely she’d be in the running.

Ottawa Watch said...

Yup, she would. Kennedy just beats her by a nose.

tikiliberationfront said...

Someone should point out to her that the full OED is the place to go for etymologies. She might have discovered that misandry first made its appearance in 1909.