Next to Rob Ford one of the favorite targets of the Toronto Star's soft left journo crew is Vladimir Putin. This morning sports writer Cathal Kelly takes a turn at international relations and is rewarded with a spot on the front page. Here are a few quotes;
Vladimir Putin doesn't make entrances. Like the devil, he appears.
He took a seat up in the rafters, leaned forward like a gargoyle.
...the expression of raw power.
Putin looks like he's wearing his own death mask.
...Putin is full-on evil.
He rules through a personality cult.
...combination of power and malice.
Well! Move over Masha Gessen! This kind of objective and carefully balanced reportage should get Kelly off the sports beat and into the Washington bureau in no time!