Needed: Badguy flashcards for politicians

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  • Liz J

    I’m sure Elections Canada will get onto right away.

  • Anonymous

    Different rules for Lefties, I guess!

  • j_j

    Thank you for exposing this. I feel Wai Young is being unfairly treated by the media. I’ve personally met her, and I think she is a brilliant lady who has accomplished a lot for our community. Unfortunately, she has been getting a lot of bad press because she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time (not her fault). Perhaps it’s just too much negative press for her to win. It’s such a shame because she is a fantastic person who SHOULD replace Dosanjh (as you may know, one of the slimiest politicians around).

  • j_j

    Thank you for exposing this. I feel Wai Young is being unfairly treated by the media. I’ve personally met her, and I think she is a brilliant lady who has accomplished a lot for our community. Unfortunately, she has been getting a lot of bad press because she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time (not her fault). Perhaps it’s just too much negative press for her to win. It’s such a shame because she is a fantastic person who SHOULD replace Dosanjh (as you may know, one of the slimiest politicians around).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHG7OC7S2YZT3VX5EGZ43DHVYI Rob Vollman

    Norm MacDonald is the mayor of Vancouver?

  • Liz J

    Any comment on the Frankie Graves EKOS poll and what could happen to the country if the NDP were to win more votes than the Liberals and they team up to take over the country.

    People had better decide what kind of country they want to live in before they place their mark for either of those parties. The Liberals in turmoil are vulnerable and Jack Layton and his policies would bankrupt the country. Together they spell disaster.

  • Gabby in QC

    Please allow me to add to the title of your blog post, Stephen:
    “Needed: Badguy flashcards for politicians answering reporters’ questions”

    The media generally does not like to hear criticism about itself, about how it covers individuals or parties differently, hitting some hard and at times seemingly out to destroy a politician’s reputation while letting others off easy or even omitting information that might prove embarrassing to individuals they favour, but it cannot be denied that there are many examples of media bias against Stephen Harper.

    The latest blatant example is a number of leading questions asked of the Prime Minister, which were more like mini-editorials, with a so-called reporter — initials T M working for CBC — asking Mr. Harper whether he thought Libyan lives are more important than Syrian lives, given Canada’s actions in Libya but thus far not in Syria. What a ridiculous premise on the part of the so-called reporter!

    Aggressive assumptions such as Milewski’s make me view most media with utter contempt. Yet they are the ones who go off on hand-wringing binges telling us plebeians how uncivil political discourse has become, how unlike the halcyon days of robust but respectful debate — code for when their party was in power.

    I’m sick of it.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, boo hoo. Seen any US or European news lately? All governing politicians have to be able to field the tough questions. Chretien, Martin, Trudeau – they all took shots from reporters. The lines we remember best are when the PM gave back as good or better than he got.

    The Harper approach? Duck and cover. Stick to the teleprompter, avoid questions. Point and blame. Lie, and lie some more.

    Why is Harper afraid of the media?

  • Gabby in QC

    Stephen, I wonder where my reply to Kenn2 went. I posted it about an hour ago (Apr 26 @ 2:20 pm).

    Are the two A words I used — the one the name of a supposedly Canadian organization that signed up with Elections Canada as a third party, enabling it to campaign against the current government both in the 2008 and the current election, the other the name of a Canadian writer — are those A words verboten around here?

  • Mikey

    “No clarity in Layton’s stance on Quebec referendum” Joan Bryden, Canadian Press

    http://tinyurl.com/69bs983

  • Liz J

    What’s new?

    Wondering if there’s a comment eating monster somewhere in this site?

  • Anonymous

    I suspect hyper-moderation, in these last days. Stephen?

  • Anonymous

    Needed: integrity flashcards for the CPC

    (Wow, never thought I’d be saying anything nice about SUN)

  • Anonymous

    Dasanjh like Rae see the writing on the wall.No more elctions they have run out of parties

  • batb

    I’d sure like to see your response, Gabby, seeing as there are a few hundred arguments you could make. I’ve been monitoring the CBC for over 30 years and can attest to their aversion to agendas/policies either to the right of the political spectrum or, God-forbid, Christian in any way. Their coverage of anything is predictable and, once you know their bias, you’re usually looking for the dial changer to see if you can find anything more original and less juvenile.

    More to the point, why is the media afraid of Harper?

  • batb

    Sorry! See above response to kenn2, which was my response to your post.

  • Anonymous

    I just love that after hollering “media bias” you scurry back behind the CBC and point to them. So, some clarity – who exactly are you accusing of bias – all the media, some of the media, or just CBC? Or just some specific reporters at the CBC?

    Gabby has recently found out just how rough-and-tumble politics can be. I sympathize, but honestly, it’s always been that way and always will, and the ruling party always gets the most heat. Calling it bias when it’s your team under the microscope is not helpful.

    The media isn’t the problem, in this case. If you open a door and see a rat, you shout “rat”. And right now, there a whole lotta rats in the CPC, that have managed to find daylight even in this last week of an election!

  • Gabby in QC

    Nothing earth-shaking in my reply to Kenn2, Batb.

    Funny he should mention European and US media, though. So some Canadian journalists’ trashy tactics are nothing like European and US media trashy tactics. What an argument! If memory serves, Kenn2 himself has deplored that kind of argument when conservatives have likened some Conservative action or other to a similar Liberal one.

    Even if the argument that the governing party is usually subjected to closer scrutiny than other parties were a logical one — silly me! and here I thought all politicians were newsworthy — how is suggesting the PM values Libyan lives more than Syrian ones an example of a “tough question”? That is editorializing of the crassest kind.

  • Liz J

    Stephen Taylor, please do up some flash cards for the Conservative war room, get a message to them to get heck out and inform the people of the impending disaster a Layton led coalition will inflict on this country. It’s going to be the worst nightmare we could ever imagine if we allow the uninformed or just plain stupid electorate to take us into economic ruin in a very tenuous period.

  • Anonymous

    Funny he should mention European and US media, though. So some Canadian journalists’ trashy tactics are nothing like European and US media trashy tactics.

    No, that’s not quite what I meant. Tough questioning is… tough questioning. I don’t happen to consider tough questions as trashy. And I expect the serving PM to be able to handle tough questions. Don’t you?

    (oh – you want to know about trashy? How ’bout a political party sending a compromising photo of an opponent to a news outlet. only it wasn’t actually of that political opponent? THAT’S trashy. )

    how is suggesting the PM values Libyan lives more than Syrian ones an example of a “tough question”? That is editorializing of the crassest kind.

    I agree that it was a crass way to ask a valid question. So, can’t Harper handle this?

    You already know that it is a hallmark of the Harper style that he shuns and avoids media.It’s one way they control the “message”. He’s done this since day one. It’s no secret that Harper has barely-concealed contempt for the media, and actively avoids all but the minimum contact with them. (Except of course when they’re trying to swift-boat Ignatieff with a photo.)

    So you can hardly blame the media for being a bit testy about this treatment. All of us posting here know about being provocative.