Robert Fulford (journalist)

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Robert Marshall Blount Fulford, OC (born February 13, 1932) is a Canadian journalist, magazine editor, and essayist. He lives in Toronto.

Personal life[edit]

Fulford was born in Ottawa. He is married to writer and producer Geraldine Sherman, with whom he has two daughters. His daughter Sarah is the editor-in-chief of Toronto Life magazine.


Robert Fulford began his career in journalism in the summer of 1950 when he left high school and went to work for The Globe and Mail as a sports reporter. Subsequently, Fulford rose to various editorial positions at the newspaper before moving to The Toronto Star as a columnist (1959–1962, 1964–1968 and 1971–1987). From 1968 until 1987, Fulford was the editor of Saturday Night magazine. He then worked as a columnist for the Financial Times of Canada (1988–1992), The Globe and Mail (1992–1999) and the National Post (1999— ).

Fulford worked as the co-host of the Realities TV show on TVOntario (1982–1989) and for the CBC radio show Morningside (1989–1993). In 1999, he delivered the Massey Lecture. In 1984, Fulford was awarded the honour of Officer of the Order of Canada.[citation needed]

In his 1988 entry for The Canadian Encyclopedia, Douglas Fetherling described Fulford's politics as being on "the more conservative end of the liberal spectrum".[1]

Fulford backed the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003, writing 12 days before the attack was launched that anti-war activists were motivated by “hatred and envy more than logic.”[2] He offered no apology when the invasion was blamed in peer-reviewed studies for causing up to 650,000 excess Iraqi deaths.[3][4] He has frequently condemned the Palestinian people collectively. He wrote in 2015 of “the myth of the virtuous Palestinian”[5] and in 2016 he asked: “Should a Canadian treat with balance a community that teaches young people to revere terrorist martyrs?”[6]  In that column, he denounced the erection in Ramallah of the marble bust of a Palestinian terrorist, but made no mention of Israel’s decision to commemorate its own terrorists with far larger monuments.[7] [8]

Fulford is also a critic of literature, art and films. He has written extensively about the Canadian abstract art group Painters Eleven, its members (particularly William Ronald, Tom Hodgson, and Harold Town), and the Saskatchewan abstract artist Mashel Teitelbaum.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • This Was Expo - 1968
  • Crisis at the Victory Burlesk: Culture, Politics and Other Diversions - 1968
  • Harold Town Drawings - 1968 (editor)
  • Marshall Delaney at the Movies - 1974
  • An Introduction to the Arts in Canada - 1977
  • Canada: A Celebration - 1983
  • Best Seat in the House: Memoirs of a Lucky Man - 1988
  • Accidental City: The Transformation of Toronto - 1995
  • Toronto Discovered - 1998
  • The Triumph of Narrative: Storytelling in the Age of Mass Culture - 1999

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Douglas Fetherling. "Robert Fulford". The Canadian Encyclopedia. 
  2. ^ Fulford, Robert (March 8, 2003). "War on Iraq: the least bad option". National Post. p. A16. 
  3. ^ Burnham, Gilbert (October 21, 2006). "Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey". The Lancet 368 (9545). doi: Check |doi= value (help). Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ Hagopian, Amy; Flaxman, Abraham D.; Takaro, Tim K.; Shatari, Sahar A. Esa Al; Rajaratnam, Julie; Becker, Stan; Levin-Rector, Alison; Galway, Lindsay; Al-Yasseri, Berq J. Hadi (2013-10-15). "Mortality in Iraq Associated with the 2003–2011 War and Occupation: Findings from a National Cluster Sample Survey by the University Collaborative Iraq Mortality Study". PLOS Med 10 (10): e1001533. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001533. ISSN 1549-1676. PMC 3797136. PMID 24143140. 
  5. ^ "Robert Fulford: The plight of Palestinian women". Retrieved 2016-07-30. 
  6. ^ "Robert Fulford: Why should we be 'balanced' in our opinion of the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority?". Retrieved 2016-07-30. 
  7. ^ "About the Center". Retrieved 2016-07-30. 
  8. ^ Heller, Stanley (August 31, 2015). "How Israel Honors the Murderers in its Midst". The Electronic Intifada. Retrieved July 30, 2016. 

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