By Frank Moher
Maclean’s gaily partisan coverage of the Conrad Black trial has now spread from Mark Steyn’s blog to what we thought was its straight news reporting (if there’s such a thing in Maclean’s anymore). “In a piece that cries out for a copy editor like a wounded seal pup for its mother,” writes
Jordan Timm Chris Selley on their site today (see Comments below), “Allan Fotheringham expresses his disapproval of just about everything to do with the trial.”
One of the subjects of Fotheringham’s disapproval is Steyn’s coverage — hence the need to take him down a notch. However, before Maclean’s starts trash-talking other publications’ copy editing, it might want to go back and check one of Steyn’s dispatches from earlier in the month, in which he sounds, first, like Pancho Gonzales and then like Borat: “The Chicago boys may be right about the jury but I think Greenspan he’s the licensed bad cop . . . . It was tough going with a combative Radler, but eventually a drained witness was reducing to a series of weak monosyllables.”
Update: We note that within hours of our posting the above, Steyn’s speaking in tongues had been corrected.
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