It’s only February, but the award for most inaccurate cryptocurrency article of the year is already in the bag. The Financial Post, which bills itself as “Canada’s most trusted source of financial news” has published an editorial that reads like something straight from The Onion. This isn’t satire though – it’s a serious piece authored by the publication’s decorated editor-at-large Diane Francis. “Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are like the Bre-X stock — they will leave investor hopes in tatters” reads the title of the editorial in the Financial Post. Bre-X was a Canadian penny stock that reached $286 CAD in the 90s before collapsing. “These are equity issues without rules and investors should avoid them like the plague” runs the subheading by Diane Francis. The 71-year-old has the accolade of being the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada and has had a host of academic accolades bestowed upon her. With bitcoin, she is hopelessly out of her depth however.
Misinformed hit pieces about bitcoin are published on a daily basis, and most don’t warrant the oxygen of the publicity they desperately crave. Francis’ effort for the Financial Post deserves picking apart for posterity, though, as it’s filled with a cornucopia of pithy one-liners. “Anyone can create a cryptocurrency out of thin air,” begins the article, quite correctly. It continues: “Some create fake cryptocurrency exchange sites where bogus trading figures and prices are posted to entice money from the gullible.” That’s a new one, but is still one of the saner claims to be found in the article.