Protest launched over firing of Globe and Mail’s Rick Salutin

Vancouver writer and activist Murray Dobbin has started a letter-writing campaign to protest the Globe and Mail’s firing of weekly left-wing columnist Rick Salutin.

“I don’t need to tell you how few progressive voices there are in the mainstream media whether it’s TV, radio or newspapers,” Dobbin wrote in a message being distributed by e-mail. “Someone from outside the country observing the media would assume that this is a reactionary country with virtually no progressive tradition.”

Dobbin stated that Salutin told him he was given no reason for his dismissal. Salutin had written a column for the paper since 1991. “If we don’t respond it will be implicit support for the decision—the ideological gate-keepers at the Globe will gloat and claim no one cared anyway,” Dobbin added. “We do care. Rick upheld the best of what Canada has been and can be again.”

Dobbin urged regular readers of Salutin’s column to write to Globe and Mail editor-in-chief John Stackhouse, executive editor Neil Campbell, and national editor Sinclair Stewart: “just say in your own words what you think of the continuing efforts to diminish Canada—in terms of the role of government, our role in the world and the democratic debate which depends on a diversity of views.”

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Bruce Wark
Has anybody bothered to ask Rick Salutin what he thinks about this? Well, I did: http://www.thecoast.ca/RealityBites/archives/2010/09/29/rick-salutin-out...
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Corrupt
Our MSM is bought and paid for by far right neo-cons. The MSM actively works against the public interest and in the service of corporations and corporate cronies.
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AW
As long as left wingers accuse the press of being right wing and right wingers accuse the press of being left wing then the puiblic are the winners.
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Johntor
Salutin was well past his sell buy date, rehashing failed Soviet era leftist thinking.
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Morty
I take it Murray Dobbin hasn't actually read the Globe in a while.
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martens
"Salutin was well past his sell buy date."

Salutin is more than a jar of milk. Your comment is reductive. It diminishes human complexity and capacity. You've eaten the metaphors of the factories you worship. Drive on, small cog, drive on.
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Camero409
I never read it and now for sure I won't. It's just another version of the National Newspaper. Boring and irrelevlant, just like Global, CTV and CBC. Ho Hummmmm!
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Ummm...
"Our MSM is bought and paid for by far right neo-cons. The MSM actively works against the public interest and in the service of corporations and corporate cronies."

When people like you can actually define what a "neo-con" actually is, I'll start taking you seriously. Until then, they are just words that have no meaning.
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Max
The Canadian press is a joke. The G + M is a piece of corporate trash, certainly not worth the paper its printed on. All Salutin did, as an intelligent man and a good writer, was give it a shred of legitimacy. Oh Canada! The home of Fox newsies, the Sun, G+M, Nat'l Post. Don't buy Canadian papers, you're only encouraging them. Someone told me that a woman who self describes herself as an Islamic Zionist (her name escapes just now) has taken his place! Great! Maybe we can put some pro-Israel kook on the same page, get Karl Rove to write a regular opinion piece, maybe Newt Gingrich can get in too. And any of dozens of Canadian neo-cons can rant daily about gun laws, Tamil immigrants, terrorist plots, and pampered workers sucking off the welfare state. Let's descend all the way, we deserve it!
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Valerie Clark
I find it chilling that Rick Salutin has been fired. He was one of the last mainstream journalists to be able to articulate the rationale for the kind of social programs Canada used to be famous for. He was able to take the ideas of John Kenneth Galbraith and Joe Stiglitz and show how shfts in public policy by Harperites were widening the gap between rich and poor. Now we'll continue to see the ideas of allan greenspan and g. bush dominate the mainstream media in all kinds of explicit and /or insidious ways. He is a huge loss to public discourse in Canada.
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welldoneson
Amazing how many of you think the G&M is "right wing".
That's just too stupid.
Salutin didn't have a job for life at the G&M.
I haven't read his writings often enough to venture an opinion and I'm certainly not going to go on the words of you lot - or of Murray Dobbin, whose writing I am familiar with.
Dobbin is daft. Totally. "Reactionary country with virtually no progressive tradition"? What a tool! Never more fun than when some functionally lobotomized leftist spin doctor refers to his ilk as "progressive"!
The only thing "progressive" about the "progressives" is their favord tax scheme, wherein the more money you make the higher percentage you pay in taxes. It's a mathematical progression. IT's also a euphemism for "make the rich pay", and we've seen what it does in ANY jurisdiction that allows such ideology to run the show. Bloated public sector, reduced services (except if you're a single disable welfare mother), hopeless debt, and lots of (public sector) union money at the ready to blame [your lefty chimera here] for the mess. See NY City or California for examples.
Or BC under NDP rule for ten years.
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The Fox is in the news room
Trying to make chickens out of all journalists who know how to open up their readers to what is exactly going on and it makes you want to go out and buy a pet so the paper can be put to good use.
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Toronto Bob
Salutin has been brain dead for 19 years. It was a mercy to take him off life support.

Irshad has some spunk in her and a real brain. She'll brighten up the G&M - if that's possible.
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RodSmelser
They should have sacked Jeff Simpson.


Rod Smelser
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Lloyd Edwards
It am sure that many readers of the G&M will cease to read it if Rick Salutin's column is no longer there. I am sure that many of us find it one of the few interesting articles.
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Ville Masalin
I am sad to see Rick Salutin disappear from the pages of Globe and Mail. I can't say that I agreed with him all the time, or even much of the time, but he had an original way of looking at things. Maybe thinking this way shows the smallness of my own mind but I don't think show. Whether you agreed with it or not, Rick's different perspective in itself was eye-opening and very much worth spending the time to read his weekly column. And Rick Salutin's views and comments were on a much more nuanced level than simple left and right or conservative and progressive. In many ways, he defied that kind of categorization. And that was the point of his column.
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citizenfirst
"A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself". ~Arthur Miller


Rick Salutin should be part of the conversation.
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Pantagruel
Oh my gosh....What a shock it is to learn of this loss. Hopefully this gifted writer and inspired thinker will find another venue to enlighten us all.

As for the latest changes at the Globe, well, ..."gifted" and "inspired" are not the words that come to my mind.

The Globe used to be the last deposit in my recycling bin. It is now the first.
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