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Montreal tabloid rips Cunneyworth for “another loss”

Dec 20, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

Le Journal de Montreal  — the largest-circulation French-language newspaper in North America — opted for a muted, subtle front page spread this morning after the Canadiens lost their second consecutive game under interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth:


[Rough translation: “Opinion Poll: Quebec is 72% against a unilingual coach.”]

Now, keep in mind Le Journal has been accused of sensationalism and “lacking truthfulness” when it comes to covering certain events. Here’s a snippet from a 2007 editorial that ran in the Montreal Gazette:

Le Journal is not an unimpeachable source of information on the state of relations between majority and minorities in Quebec. Just as it used to be said that the Mounties always get their man, Le Journal always finds what it’s looking for – even if it’s not really there.

But even knowing this, folks are still outraged at Le Journal’s treatment of Cunneyworth.

“My beef with the Journal’s front page is using English headline solely to ridicule Cunneyworth,” tweeted the Gazette’s Dave Stubbs. “That is garbage and nothing else.”

“I’d love to see how Le Journal would react if Cunneyworth’s Habs suddenly won at a 125-point pace, and got deep in the playoffs,” added the National Post’s Bruce Arthur.

If you think this story will go away soon, think again. The topic made it all the way to Montreal city council this morning.

  1. govtminion - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    I thought after the whole ‘lawsuit on Chara’ thing that my respect for Montreal couldn’t get much lower. And I’ve been proven very, very wrong. This is just ridiculous.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      Welcome to Quebec. This is a province that voted on an attempt to secede from the country that pays its life support bills 50.6% against to 49.4% for, all because of imaginary “discrimination” by Anglophones. By the by, that “discrimination” they’re all subject to can be roughly summarized as “people having the nerve to speak English in the same country as us.” The French are really quite pleasant, reasonable people, if a tad arrogant. The Quebecois are BATSHIT FUCKING INSANE.

      • tendrepeches - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        You first qualify the discrimination from the Anglophones as “imaginary”, and then you accuse Québécois of being “batshit fucking insane”.

        Very sound logic there, smart guy.

      • ribs108 - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        The “imaginary discrimination” he is referring to comes from separatists/nationalists who think that they’ve been insulted whenever an english person is unable to speak french. Others may find it odd that in order to apply to most federal jobs in ottawa, a person must be bilingual despite the fact that canada is approximately 80% english. I think we all know which minority gets the “special treatment”. Anyway, we all know that it is a small fringe group of the media and government types that care about the language of the coach. They just happen to be boorishly loud when it c,omes to their “rights”.

    • councilbrad - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:34 AM

      While I agree that this is ridiculous, i’m very annoyed by people who generalize this by saying Montreal is insane. This insane nonsense comes from a minority group. Unfortunately this minority group creates this huge issue that everybody has to hear, which then leads people to bash all of montreal. True Canadien fans don’t give a damn who the coach is, english or french.

      These people ripping Montreal for not hiring a french coach are the same nutbags that wanted to separate quebec from canada (bloc quebecois) There is a large number of them out there, but they still are the minority. Thankfully the bloc quebecois is non existant anymore after the last election, but the moronic followers still are.

      Don’t generalize all of montreal, or even all of Quebec…Having said that, I understand why people are quick to jump all over Montreal for things like this, it looks ridiculous. Unfortunately, it’s these select few “fans” that make Montreal look like a joke.

      • polegojim - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

        You’re absolutely right. I don’t think Quebec is insane because of this article…

        Nous savons que le Québec d’être fou, sans aucune aide!!! ; )

  2. terminalcityhockey - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    A one-goal loss, on the road, to the defending Stanley cup champs & current conference leaders?

    Unacceptable. Fire everybody.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      And now you understand why the Habs haven’t won a Cup in a while.

  3. drewsylvania - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    It’s a tabloid. They’re always (like Don Cherry) ridiculous.

  4. davebabychreturns - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    As an aside, I love when people totally outside of some organization deem something inside that organization to be “unacceptable.”

    Unless the folks at Le Journal are going to encourage their readers to riot in the streets or something, I am pretty sure they are just going to have to accept whatever it is Canadiens brass decide to do.

  5. pack15forever - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    It’s sickening of what has become of a once great organization. Instead of the idiots being concern about what language a coach speaks why don’t they concern themselves if he is a good coach or not. If the coach is good and has the leadership qualities to be successful he can speak Swahili if he wants. The problem with the Habs is that the system is broken and it all starts at the top. Pierre Gauthier has to go and he speaks French.

  6. mydadyourmom - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM


  7. bcjim - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Canada ought to just excommunicate Quebec and be done with it.

    • joeyjojoshabadoo - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:45 AM

      I hate hearing all this anti-Quebec stuff. I’m an Anglo, born and raised in BC, lived in Quebec for awhile. There’s so much casual anti-Franco sentiment with a lot of people. If it were directed against a group more easily racially definable it would be called racism. This is an article about one tabloid making an outrageous statement, and you immediately go to ‘Canada should excommunicate Quebec’? Ugh.

  8. cammtl - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    The best coach for the job for the best team in the league regardless of language!

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