Torontoist has always kept an eye on The Star. Now, it seems, they’re keeping an eye on us.
Several weeks ago, David Topping launched DiManno Watch, a new column where articles by loudmouth Star columnist Rosie DiManno are rated on a scale of one to six disembodied DiManno heads. Our dislike of Rosie’s writing is not a new thing: we’ve been DiManno critics for ages.
In last Tuesday’s news roundup, we followed up on the confrontation between a cyclist and a motorist at College and McCaul Streets. The altercation came to a bloody end when the cyclist stabbed the motorist several times in the neck and fled the scene on foot. The cyclist was later apprehended by the police, but no details about the cause of the fight (or the cyclist’s apparent mental imbalance) were revealed to the press. We said:
Police have arrested Yonan Inwia for assault, but give no further details. It’s stories like this that need Rosie DiManno: “Yonan Inwia fell roughly to the ground, his hands reaching out in a Christ-like fashion to break the heavy fall. Little did Yonan know, today he would be the messiah of cyclist rage, wielding the cuspidated tool of justice.”
Today, on page three of the Ideas section, The Star quoted from that paragraph, but without noting that we were actually making fun of DiManno’s exaggerated literary stylings. We can only hope Star readers recognize that the bad Christ allusion and “wielding the cuspidated tool of justice” were intentionally schlocky and not written in earnest.
Was the convenient exclusion of context a backhanded retaliation by The Star for our harsh critique of their Queen of Columns? If so, it was a low blow indeed.
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