Few things get the MSM more riled up than Senate appointments. They seem to bring out excessive self-righteousness in even the most fair-minded journalists and columnists. I often wonder, though, where these same voices are when Senate Reform is being blocked by the Liberal Party.
Liberal prime ministers for decades have appointed everyone from professional hockey players to party bagmen, and all we hear from the MSM is how shameful patronage is. But how many of these have launched personal crusades to promote reform of the institution that is the root cause of the problem.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has tried to implement reforms that would have senators elected to an eight-year term. But how much support does he receive from the fifth estate? Not very much.
I think the MSM really likes the Senate just the way it is for it gives them opportunities to puff themselves up to the peak of their moral superiority. And that seems to sell newspapers and attract TV viewers.
As PM Stephen Harper said when he announced the latest appointments: