May 31, 2007

Blame Canada
— Slublog

It seems our friends up north have known about Ms. Marsden for some time. She was even encouraged to run for office as a Conservative.

The only thing that got in the way? Um...(opens pdf)

Peter Worthington, founder of the Sun chain of newspapers and senior columnist with the Toronto Sun, says he's puzzled by the hiring. "She's good-looking, she's articulate, but she's nine miles of bad road," he says. "You might want to live dangerously, and they seem to have decided they want to do that." He admits the Sun has lived to regret its share of strange hires and is willing to give his rivals the benefit of the doubt that maybe they've made a mistake. But, he warns, "the editor better not be in a room alone with her--she has a lethal reputation."

That reputation began in 1996, when Marsden publicly accused Liam Donnelly, a swim coach at Simon Fraser University, where she was enrolled, of sexual harassment. After an investigation--which Donnelly boycotted--the coach was fired and publicly censured by SFU. The story made national news, but later, Donnelly was able to prove that, in fact, things were the other way around: Marsden had been stalking him. In July 1997, he was reinstated. Just days later Marsden contacted the CBC and went on The National to accuse Donnelly of rape. The charge was false, but the episode became such a scandal for SFU that the university's president resigned, citing stress. Marsden was unfazed and unapologetic. Of the fallout, she told a reporter: "Fifty per cent of people want to sleep with me, and the other 50 per cent want to kill me." (Marsden has long cultivated a highly sexualized image. Her website, until very recently, contained near-pornographic images of the columnist in skimpy lingerie, as well as photos of celebrity Julia Roberts with Marsden's face digitally superimposed over the star's.) A few years later, she was warned by RCMP to stop harassing SFU criminology professor and author Neil Boyd.

In 2002, Marsden was arrested and charged with criminal harassment for repeatedly phoning and e-mailing a former lover, Michael Morgan, then a 52-year-old Vancouver radio personality. Search warrant documents obtained by the Vancouver Province alleged that Marsden threatened to publicly humiliate Morgan with nude photos she had taken of him and documents she had stolen from his office. She had also harassed his former girlfriend and her daughter. Just last year, Marsden pled guilty. A B.C. judge ordered her to keep out of trouble and sentenced to her to 12 months probation, which she is still serving.

With a history like that, one wonders whether there is more to the story with Fox.

Now, I'm not saying there is, but come on...

Posted by: Slublog at 10:07 AM | Comments (30)
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1 http://www.rachelmarsden.com/marsdenoreilly.jpg

I mean, she looks kinda of sane in a way.

Posted by: E Buzz Miller at May 31, 2007 10:18 AM (LqTJb)

2 Yeah, I know Slubbo, of course, this didn't break for a while in the US in a public manner till fairly recently, I didn't know about it until I saw it a few months ago. But FNC had to know, right?

Posted by: Sinistar at May 31, 2007 10:18 AM (1Wvre)

3 Yeah, I know Slubbo, of course, this didn't break for a while in the US
in a public manner till fairly recently, I didn't know about it until I
saw it a few months ago. But FNC had to know, right?


It was in a number of Canadian newspapers, so they had to know.

Posted by: Slublog at May 31, 2007 10:19 AM (R8+nJ)

4 That's what I figure too. Why risk having her on the network if she could be such a potential embarrassment? It just makes no sense.

Posted by: Sinistar at May 31, 2007 10:21 AM (1Wvre)

5 Ace,

What can I say?

I can pick the Hot but Crazy (and Dangerous) chick out of a thousand.

It's a Gift.

Or something like that.

!

Enjoy!

Posted by: mtt at May 31, 2007 10:21 AM (y1SJF)

6

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I just don't care -- she's hot, and I can handle her crazy-fu!


But still, I wonder about the Security thing.  Surely she could have gone back to being on O'Reilly, right?  Did she really need to be escorted out by security?  Is that normal?  Would Hannity get that if Colmes staged a coup?


Posted by: Kensington at May 31, 2007 10:22 AM (kFwRi)

7 Speaking of crazy bitches, I hear Edwards paid $400 to become Bridget Fonda's identical twin roommate.

Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at May 31, 2007 10:25 AM (JefgB)

8 Be careful, man, or you'll be next on her list of people to stalk.  She has the time to be thorough, now.

Posted by: cranky-d at May 31, 2007 10:29 AM (0cofO)

9

Did the lead singer from Buckcherry date her or something?  That song fits her to a tee!


 


Hey
You're crazy bitch
But you fuck so good, I'm on top of it
When I dream, I'm doing you all night
Scratches all down my back to keep me right on


Posted by: EC at May 31, 2007 10:30 AM (mAhn3)

10 "Why risk having her on the network if she could be such a potential embarrassment? It just makes no sense."

Whorealdo???

Posted by: E Buzz Miller at May 31, 2007 10:32 AM (LqTJb)

11

She's good-looking, she's articulate, but she's nine miles of bad road,"


Story of my love life right there.


As for this


It was in a number of Canadian newspapers, so they had to know.


That's funny. As if people in America read Canadian "newspapers".


Wait, you were serious? Oh.


Posted by: Veeshir at May 31, 2007 10:33 AM (ThMnZ)

12 Well, I'm sure Canadians read Canadian newspapers.

Not that I know of any...isn't there one named after a moose or something?

Posted by: Slublog at May 31, 2007 10:33 AM (R8+nJ)

13 Veeshir, I'm talking FNC. They oughta know.


As for Geraldo, yeah, I know, but to be fair, does he have a record?

Posted by: Sinistar at May 31, 2007 10:40 AM (1Wvre)

14 "4] There are some mitigating circumstances.
The complainant had previously rejected the accused and then resumed
his relationship with her, sending mixed messages. However, he was
unequivocal as to his intentions during a confrontation on October 7,
2002 and she persisted nevertheless. Her conduct was entirely
inappropriate, but it must be kept in mind that this was the severing
of a romantic relationship where responses are more emotionally charged
than other situations."

Funny how female stalkers can claim the "maybe no meant yes" defense, but it never seems to help male ones.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: Scott at May 31, 2007 10:43 AM (FAHM2)

15

Well, I'm sure Canadians read Canadian newspapers.


I don't even read American newspapers.


I don't see why we're so certain Canadian's read their own.


Posted by: Entropy at May 31, 2007 10:43 AM (m6c4H)

16

Outwardly she gives a good interview - seen her several times on FOX.  Some gals hide their crazy really well.


As far as Fox News knowing or not knowing - they have plenty of loons on. Fair and and somewhat unbalanced....Geraldo, Geraldine Ferarro, Wes Clark, just to name a few.  I think her looks and ability to speak trumped her past.


Posted by: Nurse Cheri at May 31, 2007 10:46 AM (cz6lG)

17

At any rate...I got $5 that says she was escorted out by security because she took offense to an innocuous comment and attacked somebody with a pair of siscors.


Posted by: Entropy at May 31, 2007 10:47 AM (m6c4H)

18

Some gals hide their crazy really well.


They can't do it for 28 consecutive days though.


Posted by: Dave in Texas at May 31, 2007 10:48 AM (pzen5)

19

And yes, I would still hit it.


But I wouldn't go to sleep next to it. But you don't want to leave either, because that might provoke her...so you gotta just lay there with one of your eyes squinty pretending to be asleep all night.


But it's worth it.


Posted by: Entropy at May 31, 2007 10:49 AM (m6c4H)

20 But still, I wonder about the Security thing.  Surely she could have gone back to being on O'Reilly, right?

Only if she brought a loofah.  Or maybe a falafel.  You know, whatever.

Posted by: Alex at May 31, 2007 11:01 AM (fgyj8)

21 From my experience, all women are nuts.

Posted by: E Buzz Miller at May 31, 2007 11:03 AM (LqTJb)

22 She can stalk me if she wants. I like to feel appreciated.

Posted by: Mike at May 31, 2007 11:06 AM (NnpEK)

23 Speaking of crazy bitches, I hear Edwards paid $400 to flash his vag to room full of cops.

Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at May 31, 2007 11:08 AM (JefgB)

24

Gee, the reading Canadian newspapers comment was a joke. I thought it fit well with the earlier posts about how our State Dept. didn't know that Canada had some special coins that weren't spy devices.


As for FNC, I would bet they knew exactly what kind of person she is. Fox's programming strategy for most of their networks appears to be, "Crazy sells".


Posted by: Veeshir at May 31, 2007 11:08 AM (ThMnZ)

25 Gee, the reading Canadian newspapers comment was a joke.

I know.  I was just goofing off that.

I'm practically Canadian myself.

Posted by: Slublog at May 31, 2007 11:10 AM (R8+nJ)

26 And to think she's exactly like my exwife..........damn.........at least my ex could have been that hot!

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at May 31, 2007 02:08 PM (WNnHL)

27 Slightly off-topic, but guess what Alison Stokke's Dad does...

Criminal Defense Lawyer...

Guess who he defends...

Female teachers who molest teens.

Shit you not.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,143920,00.html

Posted by: E Buzz Miller at May 31, 2007 02:35 PM (2WK36)

28

Wait.


This is a man who protects the Debra LaFaves that embody our adolescent dreams, keeping hope alive, and sires bodacious poll vaulters?


Truly, we owe him a debt we can never hope to repay.


Posted by: Entropy at May 31, 2007 03:06 PM (HgAV0)

29

I remember the first time I saw her on FNC, thinking "there's no way it could be that Rachel Marsden" - he story was pretty big news back in Vancouver - a few of my friends were at SFU (Simon Frase University) at the time of the swim coach thing. 


I bet she could suck-start a B-52 - all 8 engines at once.


Posted by: holdfast at May 31, 2007 03:51 PM (Gzb30)

30

Wait!  So, if she's been canned from FOX, does that mean she might finally restore the "near-pornographic images of [her] in skimpy lingerie, as well as photos of celebrity Julia Roberts with Marsden's face digitally superimposed over the star's" to her website?


Hawt!  Hell, I'd even pony up a few bucks for that.


Posted by: Kensington at May 31, 2007 05:00 PM (vhORJ)

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