It appears our dear 'ole Jason Cherniak has brazenly and tactlessly nominated himself in four categories over at the Blogger’s Choice Awards site. Those who have followed his blog have seen how wantonly narcissistic he can be, so it may not come as a surprise. Is it me or is this totally tawdry? I mean why not just get one of your friends to nominate you, unless...
And when I think of all the more deserving nominations for Best Political Blog, this kind of shameless self-promotion is just wrong, not to mention delusional.
Perhaps I should outline some reasons why Cherniak’s blog isn’t deserving of even a nomination. Of the numerous blogs that I read routinely, his is among the most spitefully partisan by far. It is not only entirely constituted by spin, but it is purely ideological. I mean by this that it is utterly chauvinistic. Confronted with criticism and shown to be wrong, Cherniak steadfastly maintains his ideological convictions such that even his rare retractions and “apologies” are themselves calculated. There is narcissitic self investment and then there is ideological chauvinism. Cherniak seems to be brimming with both.
Secondly, Cherniak’s blog is among the most mean spirited and disingenuous I’ve ever read. If he were a satirist, I’d not have the same misgivings, but he presents himself as a reasoned, sincere commentator on Canadian politics. But, underneath the elfin, jolly, earnest exterior is a disingenuous, opportunistic, win at all costs Kinsella wannabe. I first encountered Jason Cherniak when he attempted to spearhead a malicious and scurrilous attack on Emmanuel-Howard Park United Church minister, Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo (now the sitting MPP for Parkdale-High Park). I invite you to revisit those discussions to witness for yourselves the contortions, the willful misreading, the malice, the smugness, the spiteful determination exhibited by Cherniak. This is merely one example among many.
Lastly, the blog itself is of marginal quality and substance. There are far more incisive and intelligent pundits even in the blogosphere. There are also far more unique and interesting political blogs out there. I hope people seek out to nominate them as I have. Some may say that Jason Cherniak is finally leaving behind his model parliament days and playing real politics, but I hold out more hope for “politics” than that.
Update: Isn't it rhetorically very interesting that for Cherniak when a woman holds a doctorate and is married to a Liberal she is called a "doctor", but when a womans hold a doctorate and also has been ordained but happens to be running for the NDP she is merely worthy of having her name smeared??? During his smear campaign (although to hear Cherniak tell it, it was he who was in fact smeared- utterly laughable) not once did he call the Rev Dr Cheri DiNovo "doctor", and only a few times did he refer to her as Reverend.