to me this is a little puzzling..mbg wrote: ↑ I used to defend the Star by saying that it had some value by holding a contrary opinion to other Toronto newspapers. However, the opinion is increasingly unhinged, off-kilter, and generally clickbait-y, though there are a handful of decent columnists (David Olive, Chantal Hebert).
However, if you actually get ahold of the print copy and look at it, you find a lot of this:
- Opinion, as stated above
- Syndication from US newspapers (you'll often read an article that talks about "us" and when it doesn't make sense you see the byline and realize it's talking about the US or Americans)
- Syndication from press associations
- Personal stories of people you've never heard of (often sob stories) that have no relevance to the bigger picture
- On Saturdays, a lot of content that is essentially there to provide pages for relevant advertising - Wheels, Real Estate, etc.
It still has some value as a provider of Toronto and Ontario news, which is in significant decline elsewhere, but it's quite shallow. I think they decided some time ago to carve out a segment of the market and pander to that segment, just like many other news outlets have done.
the Bitoves are not stupid business people...they are Cons through and through...unless they saw value in dismantling Torstar and piecing it out to make a shitload, I dont think they bought the paper just to change the political opinion of it...I expect the former rather than the latter