Friday, July 04, 2008

Comparing Harper to Hitler diminishes public discourse...

...but comparing Harper to Darth Vader is OK.

The Toronto Star clarifies its editorial policy:

The Hitler label is regularly attached to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as well. A Google search using his name and Hitler's turned up 81,900 hits – many of them from the blogosphere but some in the mainstream media.

Such comparisons – while now apparently legally defensible – insult the memories of the victims of the real Hitler and diminish the quality of public discourse in this country.