Canadian author Margaret Atwood is a free-speech activist. She is the vice-president of International PEN, the advocacy group for imprisoned writers.
As a civil libertarian, Atwood defends freedom, even for odious people. Like Al Jazeera, the satellite network owned by an Arab sheik. Al Jazeera helps publicize terrorists like al-Qaida, who send snuff videos to the channel, knowing they will be obediently aired as propaganda.
... So imagine how bad the Sun must be — I’m talking about this newspaper, dear reader! — for Atwood to sign a petition demanding that a TV news channel proposed by Sun Media be stopped by the Canadian government.
... Peg Atwood violated everything she stands for, by asking the government to censor it.From commenter "batb" on Ezra's blog:
There's no longer any doubt: Peggy Atwood is a CanLit whore, living high off the hog of ... cultural welfare. Without all the government largess, Peggy-I-can't-be-bothered-to-open-my-mouth-when-I-talk Atwood couldn't possibly be a millionaire socialist ...