February 19, 2018

TorStar head decries “crisis” in quality journalism in bid for bailout money

David MenziesMission Specialist


The chair of Torstar, parent company of the Toronto Star and other Canadian newspapers, penned a column entitled: “We should all be very concerned by the crisis facing quality journalism.”

In his 10-point manifesto on why we all need to be concerned with quality journalism, it becomes clear that the real crisis is the nose-diving market valuation of Torstar Corp.

Prior to the Internet and social media, newspapers were the main source of information, but with few exceptions, most have failed to evolve to monetize online content and now an entire generation exists who have never cracked open a newspaper and likely never will.

So it is that the chair of Torstar has been reduced to singing for his supper, like some subway station busker. Fewer and fewer people, and advertisers, are buying what the Toronto Star is selling.

Honderich calls the Star’s contentquality journalism”, but much of it is Flake News. Propping up Torstar would be akin to rewarding failure.

I reached out to Mr. Honderich for comment, but his assistant told me he wouldn’t be available, ever.

Torstar’s head honcho likes to talk a mean game when it comes to “quality journalism” but apparently he has no appetite for contributing to such a process.

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commented 2018-02-19 17:58:46 -0500
Silver lining in every cloud.When all these media outlets go on the dole they can no longer maintain any pretense of objectivity and we can call them all Government Controlled Media .
commented 2018-02-19 17:46:26 -0500
There you go, stinking up the elevator again!
commented 2018-02-19 17:44:47 -0500
James crock of shit….yet here you are almost every day. Says something about your mental state as an internet troll.
Time for you to donate your organs……..all of them, at the same time of course.
commented 2018-02-19 17:32:33 -0500
Make no mistake – The Toronto Star is still reputable as a source that breaks news and is deemed to be true journalism vs The Rebel.

Every news source on the planet has a bias – Toronto Star is left and The Toronto Sun is right for example. Everyone knows that going in.

The Rebel doesn’t break news – they give their agenda/view on work other true news sources have done and ultimately The Rebel is just one big op ed blog.

No one takes The Rebel seriously in the industry, which is why people who have contributed to The Rebel will not include that in their resume when looking for a REAL job in media and news. Saying you worked for The Rebel is a negative.
commented 2018-02-19 17:13:56 -0500
Lets start a funding campaign for Honderich. He needs heels, fishnet stockings, a mini-skirt, lipstick, a blonde wig…..and an Uber ride to 24 Sussex.
commented 2018-02-19 17:11:44 -0500
Act like a kamikaze pilot and then cry when you crash and burn…these bailouts are waste of tax payer money.
Rewarding failure from the cradle to the grave is the “progressive” way!
commented 2018-02-19 17:11:40 -0500
Happy Birthday Ezra !!!
commented 2018-02-19 17:10:15 -0500
Happy Birthday Ezra !!!
commented 2018-02-19 16:49:25 -0500
Bailout? Change the name of the flagship Toronto Star to Lieberal Star. Would more accurately represent the content!
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