Commentary is one of the key pillars of the National Post, and our columnists — the best in Canada — consistently draw the biggest audiences online. Unsigned editorials rarely command anywhere near as much interest. We want to make room for more of the columnists and commentary that readers love.
We are reducing the frequency of unsigned editorials in our comment pages. Newspaper editorials are a storied part of the industry’s history. We will continue to run them weekly in the Saturday paper and whenever there is an issue of such paramount importance to this newspaper that we feel compelled to tell our readers how we feel. Our business is evolving. Our print product, and our print audience, remains very important to us, but we are also trying to make decisions that help us as grow into a more integrated, successful digital operation.
As long as they are of the calibre of Black and Murphy I say, "Bring them on!" But this paper has become so much like every other left-of-centre rag in the media world, that I fear what might be foisted on us.
Further evidence of the slide of this once illustrious newspaper. I predict that they will shortly stop allowing our comments on the columns. Several other papers have already done so. They have stopped publishing the printed letters to the editor several days a week. Less and less to see in this rag. My subscription is now due and I wonder if it's worth resubscribing.
I agree with Michael T that this decision is "further evidence of the slide of this once illustrious paper." Unsigned editorials are meant to represent the collective voice of the newspaper's editorial board and as such should be the best written, best argued and most persuasive article of the whole issue. Day-in and day-out, addressing the widest possible range of topics and stories, they should illustrate the clarity of vision, purpose, and mission of the paper. Without this, I expect we will see more mish-mash and more whipsawing and this is exceedingly lamentable. A strong, consistent journalistic voice—what should be loud and clear in the unsigned editorial of the day— dedicated to clarifying fact and wisely opining thereon is foundational for a liberal democracy. This is an abdication of that role. The lack of interest you perceive in your readership should cause you to redouble your efforts, not to give up.
The NP must be very careful in their editorials, lest they offend Justin and then be cut off whatever support is offered by the government in the hope to save print media. This is a smart move for them
I agree Timber.Im sure they are watching commenters who use this place for their own amusement to harass others. ..they even have a fan or two who encourage them on. I sometimes wonder if it is done to actually bring down the comment section. DONT ENCOURAGE THEM.