Way to go, Fern!
As you might remember, Fern Hill, the political blogger at DAMMIT JANET! was the instigator of what Chris Selley dubbed the “online hellfire” which was unleashed on Tim Hudak last week following Fern’s post on his questionable stance on abortion funding in Ontario. One of the sources that she used was the web site of the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada, where it states that “(Hudak) is pro-life and has signed petitions calling for abortion defunding and conscience legislation.”
Well, this week the saga continues. The Toronto Star published an op-ed written by Mark Penninga, the executive director of the ARPA, who whines about “dumbing-down impact on public discourse” of the Internet.
It’s rather unfair that neither of the whiners bothered mentioning Fern’s name or blog. But the bottom line is: voters have the right to know where each candidate stands on the issue and politicians should be prepared to answer questions.
Also, from the perspective of a media studies student, the entire fiasco points to the fact that the media do a piss poor job on informing people. It only follows that the Star, that bastion of progressive politics in Canada’s largest city, should have been all over Hudak for his comments. Instead, they allowed some idiot to attack a blogger who simply raised an alarm about Hudak’s pro-life stance, which I think is justified.
Fern prepared a letter to the editor, but upon contacting the Star, she was told that it won’t be accepted without her real name. However, she has posted it on her blog, so go over there and read it.