Margaret Atwood column pulled, re-posted on National Post website

The edited portions were likely considered libelous. h/t OJ


  • ontario john

    And Michael Coren is upset about this. According to him she is a world class writer. How dare anyone censor the most important cultural icon in Canadian, world and galactic history.

    • DD_Austin

      She is also world class pervert, you can’t win a governor generals award
      without sex with animals (bears)

      • Frances

        I thought that books was by Marion Engel.

        • DD_Austin

          Your right, I do get my governor general award winning
          pervertions confused.

          Of course they, like harlequin romances all run on the same formulas, in this case evil straight white men and insane sex

    • truthdareisay

      Don’t quote me on this but pretty sure he once really put her down.. but I may be mistaken….not sure if Coren or another host when SNN was on the air..

    • She’s some withered old hag who thinks that simply because she has a cabin in northern Ontario that she is the soul of Canada or something.

    • Scaramouche

      Here’s some of what the “world class writer” wrote:

      “Will the Conservatives now lay off the personal-appearance attack stuff? Doubtful: they’ve got a thing for it. Jean Chretien’s paralyzed face, laugh a minute! Trudeau’s hair, woo-woo! Who’s next? “Nice tits,” Elizabeth?””

      If I were her, I wouldn’t include it her submission to the Nobel Literature Prize folks.

  • Waffle

    Yawn . . . so much fun to wake up to the “old -school-chum” ramblings and snipings of our “betters”.

  • andycanuck

    Remember when Preston Manning’s hairstyle change was front-page news in all of the Canadian MSM? The Red Star even raised it as a topic of discussion years later during one of the elections. Oh, and they continued to run old photos of him with his worse hairstyle in (then) current “news” stories.

    • Scaramouche

      If I had Margaret’s ‘fro, I wouldn’t be making fun of anyone else’s hairdo.

  • ismiselemeas

    I can’t stand Atwood’s writing. Predictable, plodding and cliched. In the literary world she’s a small fish in a smaller pond. Just because she’s a Canadian writer doesn’t make her a good writer.

    • Abu Nudnik

      Big fish in small pond. Otherwise agreed. Don’t forget a paranoiac vision.

    • Thank you.

    • Justin St.Denis

      My wife has been close friends with people in the publishing field for decades now. Atwood is no stranger to the editor’s pen, trust me. I had the opportunity to see an Atwood manuscript as submitted. I was astounded! I had never been a fan, but had assumed a basic competency on her part. I was wrong. Atwood is a creation of the publishing world. She is not a “literary talent/giant” say, like Mavis Gallant or Morley Callaghan. Atwood is very small Canadian literary potatoes.

  • simus1

    One could understand the National Rag seeking input from such “a renowned writer of serious fiction” and opponent of free speech for three prattles around the Halloween season.

  • Let’s not forget she supported Ghomeshi.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Perhaps Gian stooped to “hatefuck” the old hag and she liked it. One never knows……

  • mauser 98

    Canadian media is star starved for intellectuals.. fake, phoney or fraud Toronto media elite don’t care… spew some liberal BS and they swoon

    • Clausewitz

      How can you tell if you are near a Canadian celebrity? By their name tag.

      • mauser 98

        world famous ….inside the CBC HQ

  • Abu Nudnik

    She calls it an innocent little column on hair but it’s really a hit piece on Harper.

    • pike bishop

      If anybody knows about hair it her. That frizzy unkempt mess on her head is a real fashion statement.

    • David Murrell

      Any censoring upsets the left-wing Globe, in this posted article. The article fawns over her book, “A Handmaiden’s Tale”, a hate-filled attack against men. And why does the National Post publish Atwood, for goodness sakes?

      • That’s hilarious because the Globe routinely censors reader comments, factual or otherwise it matters not, the aim is to not upset the narrative.

      • Abu Nudnik

        Handmaid is pure paranoia.

    • occupant 9

      Well, she only says that because she’s lying. If the Left were to ever speak the truth of their goals and plans, they would not be elected, ever; they would be in prison.

    • Justin St.Denis

      “but it’s really a hate piece on Harper.”

      There! Fixed it for ya!

  • pike bishop

    The by-line was as far as I got. The NP aint what it used to be.

    • No it isn’t.

      • pike bishop

        I really loved that paper when it first came out. It was the first time I read Mark Steyn, Wow, I had never laughed so hard reading an editorial column.

        • andycanuck

          I found even back then in the good old days that they ran too many gay pieces in the Arts section etc. so I preferred buying 2 or 3 a week instead of sticking with the full subscription.

          Still it was a refreshing change to get liberal, conservative and libertarian opinion (and with retorts to the leftist views) when there was nothing like that, not even in the Sun chain that, of course, stuck with the Red Tories for the whole period until the CPC formed.

          • pike bishop

            I never was the type to read the arts section, or the sports either.
            I’m more the all politics all the time type.
            There is very little divergence in media opinion. CTV QP is such a joke, four or five self satisfied panelist all with the same view.

    • Justin St.Denis

      It used to be a conservative newspaper back in the day when the brilliant Conrad Black started it up. I used to actually subscribe. That was back when David Bowie still toured regularly, and the song Scary Monsters (& Super Creeps) didn’t immediately make me think of liberal and progressive politicians, the way it does today.

      • pike bishop

        I remember driving 40 miles one way to pick up two copies. One for a friend, and one for me. A simpler time.

      • pike bishop

        Sorry, switched to C & W shortly after seeing him in Edm. (circa 1983)
        Modern World? Good Concert. A very large & very polite crowd.

  • The Wicked Witch of the Annex tries desperately to stay relevant.

  • Anything Margaret Atwood has written should be pulled.

    She’s just awful.

    • warrenzoell

      You I have yet to meet anyone who has actually read one of her books.

      • The average teen-ager may have been forced to read her garbage.

        • Clausewitz

          Who says we still don’t have corporal punishment in our schools?

          • pike bishop

            I was “forced” to read A Tale of Two Cities, thanks Mrs. Gould.

          • I’m sure teen-agers would be on their best behaviour if threatened with that kind of homework.

  • T.C.

    Well, since the National Post is already fighting a libel lawsuit launched by green MLA Andrew Weaver – a lawsuit that is so egregious that Canadian media should be graciously funding the NP as it fights to maintain their “freedom of the press” here in Canada – it would appear that the NP is doing nothing more then follow the rule book already put in play by Atwoods fellow leftists and ecofascists. The press keeps asking about Duffy. I would like to see them persistantly aske the Greens why they feel they need to sue their political opponents – including pensioners – into silence. And where they get the money for their lawsuits?

  • warrenzoell

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Margaret Atwood looks like Pierre Trudeau in drag.