Viewers who tuned in to the Michael Coren Show last night (Tuesday night) were disappointed to find a re-run instead of journalist and former politician Garth Turner going one on one with host, Michael Coren. Apparently, Turner failed to show up and gave no prior warning nor any explanation.
I have been a critic of Garth Turner since early in his last term as a Tory back-bencher, however, I’m now beginning to wonder whether the man deserves more pity than scorn. I hope we are not watching a public melt-down of someone who back in the late eighties, early nineties was a useful and popular public figure, who had a loyal following well beyond his Burlington-Oakville home base.
Turner has shown poor political judgment during the past several years culminating with his defeat in last federal election. And recently he found himself in more controversy when, as Stuart Woods reported at Quill & Quire, his book “was set to go on sale last Friday [Apr. 24], but an allegation of defamation made by The Canadian Press forced publisher Key Porter Books to delay the release.” Publisher, Key Porter Books, subsequently agreed to a “clarification” that they will paste on the inside cover of all copies of the book.
Now, Turner’s snubbing of a popular TV show that was sure to give wide exposure to his new book does not sound particularly rational to me. Is this another example of his poor judgment or simply a case of him being rude and vindictive?
Perhaps there is a reasonable explanation. We’ll have to watch the show tonight to hear what Michael Coren has to say about the cancellation.Ω