Tell your prophets to pray and tell your bandits to run.
Black is very well read and he brings a long view of canadian history to his writing. He also brings a blunt commentary to matters that contemporary writers are afraid to touch. He does tend toward extranious bombastic locution and that may well be lost on many people to the extent that they don't get what he is saying or give up trying to figure it out. I think that too many $5.00 words is self indulgent and you have to write in a straight forward manner for maximum impact but without dumbing it down. Black does have good stuff though like when he referred to some snot faced bitch as having come "snorting out of the undergrow" on an issue.Conrad Black is even better. He is either a walking thesaurus or actively uses one for all his writings.
I often find a new word to look up.
Don't agree with him all that often, but he's more eloquent than Rex with less frothing at the mouth.
I like Murphy as well. He is not afraid to call things as they are rather than adopt the woke "newspeak" of this brave new world that has such losers in it.
Tarek Fatah is another one who I like and he has recieved a few death threats for his literary efforts but did not back down.
I recall some prof from ryerson technical college saying that she was shocked at the fact that her journalism students knew absolutly nothing about history.
When the likes of Murphy and Black are gone I wonder who will replace them.