by Warren Kinsella
So, there’s this fellow who works at Sun News.
We often share the same page in the paper for our columns. He is quite famous, and I decidedly am not. I don’t ever mention him, and he doesn’t ever mention me.
There are a lot of good reasons for that, but suffice to say that our benign and baby-faced Sun News overlord, Kory Teneycke, was somehow able to obtain a truce between this fellow and I.
For years, it had been the War of the Roses between us — on steroids. The fact that Kory was able to achieve a cessation of hostilities suggests to me that if you ever want somebody to solve the Middle East crisis, Teneycke’s the guy.
Suffice to say this fellow — who I do not, and will not, name — disagrees with me fiercely on just about everything. The reverse is also true. There is nothing we agree on, pretty much.
Except one thing: Stephen Wicary. Stephen Wicary was the online editor for The Globe and Mail for a number of years. He’s a weedy, pompous bore, like not a few folks on Parliament Hill.
Part of his job, apparently, was to attack people on Twitter he didn’t like. This included my friend Norman Spector, and pretty much anybody who has ever had anything to do with Sun News.
The fact that Wicary used his slender online perch to assail a competitor was, in my opinion, both boring and predictable.
As I have written many times before, I find Sun News’ broadsides against the CBC to be both boring and predictable, too.
The way I figure it, there’s nothing that bores you folks out there in Reality Land more than the media talking about the media.
But that’s just me. My Fellow Columnist Who Shall Not Be Named is irritated by Wicary because Wicary is popping off to Cuba, all expenses paid, because his wife has taken a posting as CARE Canada’s country director. She may deserve it, I don’t know. She may be undeserving, like the gormless, hapless Vic Toews, who on Monday was reported to be heading to the Manitoba Court of Appeal.
Either way, The Unnamed Columnist Who Is Famouser Than Me was ticked off, big time. He doesn’t like Wicary benefiting from a cushy gig in Castro’s Cuba. For him, it’s an ideology thing.
Me, I dislike Wicary for a different reason. A little while ago, Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells and a lot of other Ottawa-centric media folks decided it would be fun to make jokes about the murder of Jun Lin, who was allegedly murdered by Luka Magnotta.
Coyne, for instance, joked on Twitter about “dismembering a corpse.” I objected to that, on my website and elsewhere. I didn’t think what happened to that young man was the stuff of jokes. I thought it was horrible and evil.
Stephen Wicary, however, defended joking about it, vigorously. He even attacked me for objecting to what Coyne, et al., had done.
Me, I agree with my Nameless Colleague when he suggests Wicary is a jerk. He is. I disagree, however, that Cuba is a bad spot for him.
The Cuban dictatorship is uninterested in human suffering, too.
I think Stephen Wicary will fit right in.
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