1. I am not a fact-checker.
2. I am not a journalist.
3. I am not a writer with a column in Esquire.
BUT WE’RE GONNA DO THIS THING ANYWAY.
Earlier today, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old reservist, was killed – gunned down while standing guard at the National War Memorial, steps away from Parliament Hill.
Cue shock. Horror. Incredulity. Tears.
Followed by reflection. Commentary. Punditry. Partisanship.
The latter was worst on Twitter. It always is.
But the pièce de résistance – the cake-taker, if you will – was this piece by Esquire’s Stephen Marche: Canada, The Idea, Is In Pieces
Let’s read it together, shall we?
If you’re on the internet as much as I am, you’ve doubtless encountered websites with end-of-article features like this:
This one is by Outbrain, which bills itself as “the leading content discovery solution.” I used to do PR for technology clients, so let me apologize — once again — for ever having used language like that.
I thought about doing a HuffPo Spoilers-style post where I would, in their words, “give in to (the) click-bait so you don’t have to,” but I really don’t want to give in to the click-bait. Instead, in the spirit of “how to dress for your shape,” I’m just going to go ahead and guess what these Teasy Teasersons — found on TLC.com — might be all about:
Check out my op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen, Taking on the transit trolls.