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.