I was on the National Post's editorial board for two years, back in the early days of that company, almost 20 years ago now.
It was a great time to be there — it was before the Internet killed newspapers; and it was an explicitly conservative newspaper.
Since I left the Post in 2001, a lot has changed. Conrad Black doesn’t own it anymore. A lot of the content is just recycled left-wing wire copy from the U.S.
I guess I’m used to this, but I’m a bit sad about it all, because it really used to be my favourite newspaper in the world.
But I came across a video — the National Post makes those now — about Robert Mueller’s report into allegations of Russian collusion with Donald Trump to interfere in the 2016 election.
As you no doubt know, after two years, Mueller's team found nothing.
So far, only a four-page summary of the larger report has been released, by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, because there are strict rules about just dumping a bunch of legally confidential material into the public domain without redacting some parts first.
One line in Barr's letter is copied word-for-word from Mueller’s full report:
“[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
That’s really all you need to know. That’s from Mueller himself. That was the headline in the New York Times and the Washington Post, right?
It's over. Except for National Post's "star columnist," Andrew Coyne...
Tonight I'll take you through Coyne's embarrassing video reaction to the Mueller findings.
There's so much spin. Coyne says Mueller doesn’t exonerate Trump on collusion. Did Coyne even read the memo?
Why is Coyne misleading his viewers?
I truly don’t know if he’s lying, or if he himself is clueless, or, actually my working theory, is that he’s just such a Trump-hater, he can’t bring himself to accept the truth.
It's as if Coyne is just repeating world salad garbage he heard on MSNBC or the Young Turks or Vox.com.
But the National Post holds him out as an expert.
The National Post has fallen far. They are an embarrassment every day. And their tired, washed-up columnist who comes across as an expert — really knows nothing, and just makes it up.
That is fake news. That is a conspiracy theory.
And I’m so sorry to say, that is a newspaper that was once Canada's finest, in fact, once one of the finest in the world.
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