Thursday, 8 November 2007

Marsden update

Rachel Marsden updated her Sun Media statement on her web site today to say:

"And yes (to respond to some of your queries), after more than 2 years of writing weekly for the Sun, I've been under a new Editor-in-Chief, since October 5th, who comes from Canada's most liberal newspaper: The Toronto Star. My column about Islam was spiked on his first day at the job. Best of luck to any principled conservatives who remain."

She would be speaking of Lou Clancy, who has been credited with lifting the morale of the newsroom since his arrival.

One Sun columnist tells TSF: "You may also want to note on Sun Family that Marsden actually alleges some sort of Liberal conspiracy headed by Lou Clancy as the reason for her firing. WOW - I was always taught to leave a job graciously."

Another TSF reader says: "Thank you, this has re-affirmed my faith in Canadian decency and the rejection of US style divisive/wedge issue politics being accepted here.

Kudos to the Sun for standing up for decency and Canada by not assisting in the degradation and polarization of our national political discourse."

TSF also received these "anonymous" comments and we'll leave it to our readers to judge their merit:

"Be real. This blog has never liked Marsden because she's not a "day one-er" and shows up the old-timers. Warmington, Granatstein, Goldstein, Williamson, Jennings, Pyette, and everyone who has actually worked with her has always liked her and have nothing but good things to say about her.

And she didn't get "thrown out" of Fox. She left a variety show to do politics with CNN and got escorted out, as did Paula Zahn and Kiran Chetry when they left Fox.

You're making stuff up that doesn't exist. And your seething jealousy and hatred are all too evident."

(TSF: Jealousy and hatred? We have barely mentioned Rachel since we launched this blog. Toronto Sun readers repulsed by her flippant attitude about torture have said more about her in two days than we have in the past year. Good luck in her new ventures.)


"Marsden always lands on her feet, at CNN for example. Controversy sells, she'll do just fine, as usual. You have to applaud those who stand by their principles, as she does."

Well, TSF does applaud Toronto Sun management for standing by their principles, siding with readers and showing Marsden the door. They will most likely avoid Ann Coulter-style writing in the future.

So Rachel Marsden is history at Sun Media. Check out TSF's latest for asking: "How should the Sun fill her Monday column slot."


  1. Give Marsden's slot to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. That's the direction the paper's headed in anyway.

  2. Clancy fell for letters that came, not from SUn readers, by from an email campaign by the biggest leftist blog in the USA, the Daily Kos.

  3. Ann Coulter's articles get spiked and banned from newspapers all the time ~ SHE doesn't crawl into a hole and die, she just writes another bestseller. Rachel will be just fine. Whether you agree with her or not, controversy sells papers so she'll just have to make money for another publication. I don't even live on the East Coast so truth be told, I could care less if she writes for the Sun or not, I'll read her on her blog/website anyways.

  4. Anyone who reads the statement on Marsden's website can clearly see that Marsden doesn't allege a "conspiracy headed by Lou Clancy". Marsden said the problem IS ONLY with Clancy. And this blog has already said it's about her conservative politics since he took over, so she's just pointing out what's already obvious to everyone else under the sun.

  5. "Give Marsden's slot to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. That's the direction the paper's headed in anyway."

    So by firing a pro-torture lunatic, the paper is MORE like pro-torture despots?

  6. It seems to me that the real problem with Marsden isn't so much left vs. right or insane vs. sane. The problem is that she's not very good.