The way the political world evolves can sometimes astonish me. Take for instance the news that Toronto-based lawyer, author and Liberal pundit—some prefer “attack dog”—Warren Kinsella has, in his words, “become a freelance Sun columnist and prospective Sun TV pundit.”
Kinsella is a lightening rod for right-wing invective, and frequently deserves—make that earns—what he gets. But, give the fellow credit, to write for an acknowledged conservative newspaper takes character for someone with his reputation and political history.
Of course, we don’t expect the “Jackal,” as I’ve heard him called, to change his spots (or should that be stripes?), that would be such a waste of his obvious talent. Few progressives get under my thin political skin more than does Warren Kinsella. Having said that, I never miss the opportunity to hear him square off against a conservative pundit, giving as good as he gets and winning his share of verbal joists.
I hope that, if the Sun’s proposed all-news channel ever gets off the ground, Kinsella will have a regular opportunity to counter-balance the conservative views of which we’re likely to get plenty. Watching paint dry would be more interesting and stimulating than a 24/7 news outfit giving us only one point of view, even if its a conservative one.
I am offended by the excessive bias towards the political left shown by CBC and CTV networks. I’d be no less offended if we got the same level of bias to the right from a conservative network. What I want is to hear conservative thought and philosophy openly expressed and respected. That it might also be debated, tested and challenged by opposing views is an added bonus.
Congratulations on your new gig, Warren Kinsella.