Monday, November 17, 2008

Steyn and Levant take on journalism professor

The interaction between two famous journalists and a professor of journalism can be most informative when it deals with real world examples. I say this because I’ve been following a series of posts over at SteynOnline and Ezra Levant’s blog concerning the veracity of a Ryerson journalism professor, Dr. John Miller’s criticism of Mr. Mark Steyn’s journalism.   

It is a discriminatory practice for a person or a group of persons acting in concert to communicate telephonically or to cause to be so communicated, repeatedly, in whole or in part by means of the facilities of a telecommunication undertaking within the legislative authority of Parliament, any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.” – 13 (1)CHRA

There have been open letters and responses thereto.

One of the apparently controversial points is the source and truth of some things Mr. Steyn wrote in a column about tolerance.

This is fascinating stuff and helps to sharpen ones focus when considering the powerful impact the odious Section 13 (1) of the Canadian Human rights Act has on free expression in Canada.

Beyond that, I was disappointed in this Ryerson professor; I would have hoped for something better from a teacher at a school I used to admire greatly.  


  1. Unless Ezra is pulling a fast one Miller is no Dr and not even a Master so referencing him so in your post is overly generous to his academic level of achievement - aside from associating those of us who actually have earned the credential from a real university with a dunderhead.

  2. Sorry, I took the title of his blog, “Journalism Doctor,” literally.

    Odd that an academic would choose such a title for his blog, eh?