In his column in The National Post last month, Conrad Black described the attempt by The Toronto Star to intimidate him into speaking out against Rob Ford.
Thornhill MP Peter Kent received the same crude effort by The Star to intimidate him into denouncing Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
His response is an example of integrity and courage that other politicians would do well to emulate and is well beyond the moral grasp of the fatuous, self-absorbed, sanctimonious garbage running the show at One Yonge Street:
DEAR MR OVED,
WHENEVER A REPORTER FOR THE TORONTO STAR MIGHT WISH TO ASK FOR MY THOUGHTS ON AN ISSUE OF THE DAY, I STAND READY TO RESPOND.
HOWEVER, AND DESPITE YOUR "EXTENDED DEADLINE"' I WILL NOT ANSWER THE DEMANDS IN YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 16TH, 2013, WHICH I CONSIDER TO BE A CRUDELY CRAFTED, VEILED THREAT THAT I (AND OTHERS) ENDORSE AN EDITORIAL COLUMN WRITTEN BY TORSTAR CHAIR JOHN HONDERICH...OR FACE CONSEQUENCES IN YOUR EVENTUAL STORY.
YOUR LETTER IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHAT MIGHT BEST BE DESCRIBED AS CRUSADE JOURNALISM; A NEWSPAPER'S ATTEMPT TO IMPOSE ITS EDITORIAL WILL FAR BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF ACCEPTABLE JOURNALISTIC PRACTICE.
MR HONDERICH IS CERTAINLY ENTITLED TO HIS OPINION.
I WILL NOT BE BULLIED INTO COMMENTING ON THAT OPINION.
YOUR MANNER OF NEWS-GATHERING IS, I BELIEVE, AN UNFORTUNATE EXAMPLE OF THE DECLINE OF A CRAFT I ONCE PROUDLY PRACTICED.
HON PETER KENT PC MP
h/t Dodo Can Spell