Well-known political columnist Andrew Coyne has resigned as editor of Editorials and Comment for the National Post, but he will remain as a columnist.
He’s done so because the newspaper, which on Friday endorsed the Conservatives as the best choice in today’s election, killed his column dissenting from that position.
In a series of tweets on Twitter, Coyne says he had a professional disagreement with Postmedia executives, and while their view was that his dissenting column would have confused readers and embarrassed the paper, he felt he was doing what he is paid to do as a columnist and give his honest opinion on issues of public interest.
He argues readers are adults and understand that adults disagree.
Coyne says the owners and managers have a perfect right to set the paper’s editorial position as they wish and they have a perfect right to decide who they publish in their pages.
Coyne says the country will get along very well without him telling them how to vote, but he was concerned that there should be no suggestion he personally was endorsing the Conservatives and he could not do his job as a columnist if he was obliged to stay silent where these views conflicted with those of management.
He says while Postmedia’s intervention was unprecedented in his experience, he could not allow the precedent to stand, so to protect his reputation and to preserve his editorial freedom as a columnist, he felt it necessary to resign the editorial position.