Gerald Butts, a prominent political consultant, slammed the National Post on Twitter for a “misogynistic” headline posted early Tuesday. The headline failed to mention the name of Anita Anand, the MP that will replace Harjit Sajjan as defence minister.
On Tuesday, Justin Trudeau announced his long-awaited “major cabinet shuffle” which saw Harjit Sajjan removed as defence minister, and replaced by MP Anita Anand. Anand is a Liberal MP that represents Oakville. Previously, Anand was an academic director at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. In response to her new role, the National Post published an article on Twitter at 10:55 AM with the headline, “Harjit Sajjan removed as defence minister, replaced by a woman.” The article received considerable backlash on Twitter with people calling the headline “misogynistic.” Gerald Butts shared a screenshot of the Tweet with the caption, “this is pretty bad, even by Postmedia standards. Postmedia is a Canadian media conglomerate that owns the Toronto Sun and the National Post.
Gross! Misogyny is more prevalent than ever.
— Dawn Alene 🇺🇸🇨🇦♏️ (@DawnAlene64) October 26, 2021
The original tweet omitting Anand’s name was deleted and the article was updated to include it. Some Twitter users began to share screenshots of the article with the hashtag #CdnMediaFailed, using it to highlight perceived flaws in Canadian media. The hashtag #CdnMediaFails is trending at the time of writing, partially because of the response to the National Post article. One person shared a screenshot of the article claiming it was “misogynist, sexist and just horribly inappropriate in 2021.”
OK, so NP uses Harjit Sajjan's full name without referring to his gender, but refers to Anita Anand as "a woman" without using her name.
Misogynist, sexist and just horribly inappropriate in 2021.#CdnMediaFailed yet again.
The 1950's called and wants their newspaper back. https://t.co/2QC55UnZ6C
— PeterRatcliffe (@PeterHRatcliffe) October 26, 2021