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Does This Count as a National Post Apology?

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The National Post, having humiliated itself on the weekend with an assault on everything from Mother Teresa to UN peacekeeping has offered a Counterpoint today that reads awfully like a mea culpa.

Entitled Hate Al Gore All You Like, Global Warming is Real, the article by CFRB DJ John Moore rips into the Post’s anti-Gore screed and especially business editor Terence Corcoran’s desperate effort to suggest that the science behind climate change is still somehow uncertain.

Moore says, “To continue to deny global warming, you have to first believe that the overwhelming majority of the planet’s scientists are stupid, misguided or lying for personal gain.” He also says, “If the deniers want to consume themselves with finding holes in Gore’s film like obsessive compulsives looking for the deliberate error in a pattern of Arab floor tiles, they can knock themselves out.”

The Post, never long on graciousness, deserves some credit for printing this piece, for offering this tiny gesture to balance and accuracy. But a newspaper with a shred of integrity would have issued a front-page apology, at the very least, to the Canadian soldiers who have risked their lives over the years to keep peace from Korea to Cyprus, from Rwanda to the West Bank. Those, among others insulted in Corcoran’s vicious rant, don’t deserve to be dismissed as “obscure and absurd,” as “fringe” or “futile” players on the world stage – adjectives that, when you think of it, apply much more appropriately to the the current National Post.

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