Nanaimo Daily News racist outfall regarding Don Olsen

28 03 2013

I assume by now you are here because you have already heard about the racist “letter” published by the Nanaimo Daily News March 27, 2013. (Story has since been pulled) Since there has been much already said about the subject of the letter, I will instead address not only  the author, but the publisher and their curious actions.

I use quotes around the term “letter” because that is what it is being referred to by the publisher since the public outcry started.

For sake of my timeline, lets start when I read a blog post my friend Davin Greenwell wrote as an open letter to the publisher. Davin got this as a reply:

In the Wednesday edition of the Nanaimo Daily News, a letter to the editor ran from Mr. Dan Olsen, which has caused considerable consternation among some of our readers.

While we would defend Mr. Olsen’s right to hold and express his opinion, the sentiments expressed were entirely his own and in no way reflect the views of the newspaper.

The letter should not have run.
We apologize for any distress this may have caused our readers.

Hugh Nicholson
Division Manager
VING

What bothered me about this is how it was referred to as a “letter” and not attributed as a story, I thought perhaps I missed something.

I went back and viewed the article and noticed these things:

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  • Nowhere on this page did I see anything about a “Letter to the Editor”.
  • The Daily News is directly attached to his name. He in turn is attributed to the Daily News.
  • Even the URL of the page shows it as a “STORY” not “LETTERS”. If you think this is trivial, just go to any one of their letters and see how not only the body of the page differs, but also the URL.StoryCapture
  • Hugh Nicholson addressed him as “Dan” not “Don”. hmm.

Then I noticed a Facebook post from my friend Jaye Lee where he too got a response from the “managing editor”:

Just received this from the managing editor of NDN;
Hi Jaye:
This was not a column, it was a private citizen’s opinion letter.
Here’s what we’re putting on the website, and in tomorrow’s paper.
In the Wednesday MARCH 27th edition of the Nanaimo Daily News, a letter ran from Mr. Dan Olsen which has caused considerable consternation amongst some of our readers.
While we would defend Mr. Olsen ‘s right to hold and express his opinion, the sentiments expressed were entirely his own and in no way reflect the views of the newspaper.
The letter should not have run.
We apologize for any distress this may have caused our readers.
Mark

Sounds familiar doesn’t it. Again addressed as Dan. Obviously a portion of this was cut and pasted for distribution and you can’t knock them for that. At least they were attempting to respond to individual complaints. What is also clear is their attempt to distance themselves from A)Don (Dan) Olsen and B)their (going to haunt them for a decade) mistake to run the piece. They flat out call him a private citizen, regardless of their choice to post him as an apparent staffer earlier.

Well it’s funny what the internet turns up. A quick google search provides us with this. An article by Don Olsen of the Daily News about First Nations spending written just two months ago on January 17, 2013.

Further investigation finds more “articles” written by Don Olsen and while at least one other appears to call him a staffer, the majority of them look like letters. A lot of negative letters. This guy must write a LOT of letters. Added bonus, one of the links below shows his face:

Him bitching about Teachers

Him addressing pipelines and First nations come up.

Apparently he likes to carve. (up shit)

While all of this is curious, I feel at this point I don’t care whether he was a staffer or not. He’s a dirtbag and he will now live a life of shame thanks to the swift wrath of the Internet. The Nanaimo Daily News made a big mistake, probably in hindsight, but they too are paying for it in the fallout. Outfall may be a better word at this point. Shit runs downhill, and Don Olsen has found himself at the bottom of a very large and populated hill.

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