It’s tough being a print magazine like Maclean’s in the age of the Internet. Someone must have told Maclean's that becoming a Justin Trudeau fan-zine would work.
But their rate card says they have fewer than 17,000 people a day coming to their website.
Meanwhile, it’s not rare for TheRebel.media to have 100,000 people a day, plus a quarter million views a day on YouTube…
Anyway, we all remember what Trudeau did in the House of Commons last week: Throwing a tantrum, swearing, grabbing, elbowing.
It was a disaster. Almost all Liberals kept quiet.
But not Scott Gilmore, the husband of Catherine McKenna, the environment minister.
He also writes in Maclean’s.
So Gilmore wrote:
"I’m married to Catherine McKenna, the minister of the environment, who the replay video shows was also the first over the boards (to stop it) when Trudeau and Mulcair dropped their gloves.”
To stop what? Trudeau from grabbing and elbowing people? Or to stop Mulcair — who wasn’t doing anything other than hollering.
Not only is Gilmore lying about what Mulcair did, but he’s surely lying about his wife. Was she actually going to physically restrain her boss from manhandling the opposition?
Gilmore has always been a weak columnist. But he’s an even worse spin doctor.
Gilmore didn’t mention Trudeau’s cursing, or his grabbing Gord Brown. He didn’t say who Trudeau elbowed, or that it obviously hurt her.
But Gilmore did say the opposition’s reaction was “painfully insulting”. Got it? Trudeau didn’t cause any pain. The NDP did.
I love this line: "Tempers flared. They acted out. We all do it.” No, only one man acted out — Trudeau. No, we don’t all swear at people at work, and grab people we don’t like on purpose, and elbow others negligently.
We’d be fired if we did.
Gilmore downplays what Trudeau did, by saying there are real rapes and assaults in Canada, so stop complaining about Trudeau:
"Every single one of these MPs should go back to their ridings, and take an hour to visit an emergency room, a family court, or a woman’s shelter, and there they should look the victims in the face and try to explain how badly they were traumatized by the Prime Minister.”
Yeah, don’t you dare criticize my wife’s boss, everyone. There are real rapists out there!
Is any one really surprised that Maclean’s is going out of business?