Ezra Levant, in yesterday’s post on his blog, gave an example of the recent spate of Tory bashing ideas that almost certainly are dreamed up by Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal war room and disseminated to Grit-friendly journalists and broadcasters.
Mr. Levant points out the inaccuracies in Mr. Martin’s recent column about how the Olympic torch route is heavily biased towards Conservative ridings.
I’ve noticed a consistent bias against the Conservatives on the part of Mr. Martin in both his columns in the National Post and in his comments during frequent appearances on TV. He doesn’t seem to like PM Stephen Harper at all, and that comes through clearly whenever he speaks or writes on the subject. Not really fair, but that’s life in Canadian journalism. I just wish a bit of professionalism would keep these guys from replaying the Grit party line at every opportunity, or when they do, they’d get their facts right.
On CTV’s Power Play yesterday afternoon they prattled on about the cost of Tory-originated 10-percenters and how Tories and other MPs abused the process. Criticism was levied mostly at the Tories and not a single mention was heard of the most egregious 10-percenter in recent memory: that of Toronto MP Dr. Carolyn Bennett in which she makes several spurious claims without a single scrap of evidence to back up any of them while using the image of a distressed first-nation child to spread Bennett’s disgraceful bit of political spin.
Mr. Martin called the Levant’s post a “cheap shot,” but, as pointed out by Mr. Levant, Martin doesn’t explain “how it’s a cheap shot; either his facts were correct or they weren’t; either my [Levant’s] criticisms are correct or they aren’t.”
Watching Don Martin and the on-air staff of the five o’clock political news shows is like watching propaganda arms of the Liberal Party of Canada in action. The odd neutral, even mildly complimentary, comment about the Tories to pretend balance totally imbedded in an hour of relaying the most recent Grit war room nonsense and a whole lot of government-bashing. Even the rare compliments thrown the Tory’s way are usually tinged with irony or sarcasm.
But that’s Canadian journalism.
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