Gnomes defends Harper

I’ve never bought into the supposed liberal bias of the media, but one story from the weekend has made me wonder about the Liberal bias of CTV.

It all started on Friday, when self-styled Prime Minister-elect Stephen Harper introduced his Accountability Act. Public Works Minister Scott Brison was quick to point out Harper’s hypocrisy. Was not the National Citizens Coalition, which Harper led, charged six times for violating the Elections Act? A stunning retort, which would have been terribly effective, had it not been completely untrue.

Brison, along with Keith Martin and Belinda Stronach, holds a special place in my political heart for making the Conservatives look like a party that lacks the ability to have widespread appeal. But when you make an error as egregious as he did, you’ve earned a swift and bloody body blow from the media. So what headline did Brison get from CTV?

Brison calls for civility in Parliament

Its almost like Brison himself wrote the story. Of course, the majority of it is quotes of Brison lauding himself, so I guess he pretty much did. He did the right thing, after all, by apologizing (never mind what for), and if everyone could be more like him, wouldn’t we all be better off?

Both the controversy, which is what the media is supposed to be after, and the content of the story itself are buried inside dull posturing. What’s going on here?

All of this detracts from what the real story should have been, which is focusing not on imagined transgressions of the NCC, but on the actual ideas Harper put forward in his time there, and how they just don’t mesh with what he put forward a few days ago.



  1. Manatee said,

    Monday, 7 November 2005 at 4:56 pm

    Manatee calls for accurate headline writing

    I’ve never bought into the supposed wit and sense of irony my friend Gnomes has self-glossed himself with. But a post from this afternoon has made me wonder about the irony bias of Gnomes.

  2. Gnomes said,

    Monday, 7 November 2005 at 6:48 pm

    That’s harsh. Don’t you have anything substantive to post?

  3. Manatee said,

    Tuesday, 8 November 2005 at 10:10 am

    I retract my comment. I think blogging would be far more civil if more people would do that.

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