The oddly negative articles of Konrad Yakabuski in the Globe and Mail

His latest, With bitter pills, Obama gets his health vote, is typical of his articles in the Globe. While it’s a good thing to have editorial columns criticizing Obama (and all other politicians, left and right), to see it in articles is another thing. If you read this, and his other columns, you will see how Yakabuski sees Obama and his situation in a very negative light. The overall column is more balanced. For example, this is true:

That is a singular achievement and the second in as many days for the President, who also extracted a commitment from developing countries to join the fight against global warming. But in both so-called successes, Mr. Obama acted as a broker of deals rather than a principled idealist. As such, he risks alienating his most fervent supporters.

Sounds pretty positive, yes? There’s lots more, too. And that’s what makes them odd: the articles themselves are balanced and well written, but there is almost an attempt to make them more negative then they are or need to be.

For example, on this article that I referenced, it is true that there is a strong negative reaction to this. But there’s also columns by such notable people like Paul Krugman and over at TPM media that balance that out. That’s the bigger picture, and from the Globe and it’s writers, I would like the bigger picture. If I want smaller more partisan pictures, there’s lots of blogs and other places for that.

There’s alot of good coverage in Yakabuski’s articles. But his negativity is odd, to say the least.

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8 responses to “The oddly negative articles of Konrad Yakabuski in the Globe and Mail

  1. I’ve noticed that too. He consistently frames things in the worst possible light, often using the same phrases that the Republicans use, even when they’re clearly lying. One of his recent articles referred to a huge tax raise, instead of the more correct “expiring tax cuts (as planned)”. He’s related to Conservative MPP John Yakabuski (brothers?), so I wonder if his reporting isn’t influenced by his own politics (assuming they’re similar to his relatives – these ideologies are often forged during on’s youth).

    • smartpeopleiknow

      It does seem conservative influenced, for sure. But worse than that, as you say, it is consistently framed in the worst possible light. There is rarely even an effort to give some benefit of the doubt. It’s odd.

  2. It’s important to keep in mind that headlines are often written or edited by an EDITOR and not usually finalized by the columnist him or herself in most cases….

    • smartpeopleiknow

      True. That is also true of the blurbs. That said, I would still state that the headlines and blurbs do line up well with the articles.

  3. Terrence Hryniuk

    Clearly, Mr. Yakabuski is consistently a very conservative writer who thoroughly believes in right wing economics/Reagan Supply Side stuff and is not very open to any other view or the needs of people. What concerns me is that the Globe and Mail avoids having any other writers who may strike a note for government of the people by the people for the people and which as Lincoln hoped “would not perish from this earth.”

  4. Terrence Hryniuk

    I have given more thought and study to my impressions of Yakubuski’s consistent negativity to Obama and his fellow writer, Crystia Freeland whom he attacked in this Saturday’s paper about her huge overreaction to the Republican assault on the middle class. As well as being somewhat patronizing to her stance, I noted further after watching the move biography of Harry S. Truman that Republican’s hatred of any social legislation became one of his mantras “the people’s good is the law.” Further, Lyndon Johnson used the mantra “the greatest good for the greatest number.” as he fought the congress who opposed the black integration in the south tooth and nail. I just cannot believe that Canadians would oppose integration or health care for the public, but reading The Depression by Pierre Berton, The Globe was vociferous in opposing any help to Canadians since it might harm the elite financial interests of Toronto. I just do not think Canada’s financial interests are harmed by a safety net, but maybe the Globe and Mail are really closet Republicans.

  5. Take look at todays column on John Stewart. Konrad clearly wears his bias on his sleeve. John Stewart does not hide the fact that for the most part he sides with the progressive view of the world. Would like to see a column from Konrad on the diversity and fairness of opinion on Fox news

  6. Yakabuski is an awful columnist. He is a Toronto hipster who pontificates as though he knows everything about everything, when he in reality knows nothing about anything.

    He jumps all over the place, talking about US politics one week, how Bombardier should be run the next, transit strategy and urban planning after that.

    Even when I see a promising headline and have hope that he will be writing an article of some use, in the first few paragraphs he wrecks it entirely with some completely wrong statement written as though it was a fact everyone should know. If he even read his own paper he would be more accurate; let alone doing any research for his columns.

    Honestly, I think they should kick him to the curb and hire a part time high school student. The quality of the articles would be better and it would be more focused than his scatterbrained unresearched nonsense.