Fellow bloggers are being very kind to CBC’s host of Power and Politics, Evan Soloman, these days. For example, Alberta Ardvark is offering him “kudos” and Joanne at Blue Like You wrote that he “really shone tonight as a moderator when he had NDP Pat Martin squaring off against Opus Dei’s Father Fred Dolan.” Many comments on those blogs have been no less kind to Mr. Soloman.
I’d say that since the CBC was recently criticized over comments by their p0litical opinion pollster, I’ve noticed what I take to be an effort by some of the network’s on-air folks to temper their overt leaning to the political left—at least, during news shows.
I stopped watching Power and Politics regularly because I didn’t believe I was getting a balanced view of Canadian or international politics. I continue to watch similar shows like Question Period and Power Play, however. They too seem to be biased and seem to be harder on Conservatives than Liberals in interviews, but, somehow, bias there seems not to be so unrelenting.
It is clear, however, that Evan Soloman is gaining—at least, in some quarters—a reputation for fairness, and I’ll applaud that trend and begin, once again, to watch his show.
I do believe, though, that the practice of the news networks in Canada of pitting left against right in most panel discussions is a major impediment to helping Canadians understand their politics and the activities of their political institutions. Controversy sells, it seems, better than reasoned analysis. And this is even more egregious than bias in reportage.
For me, listening to a Conservative and a Liberal go head to head with party talking points and “staying on message” regardless of the situation is neither informative nor entertaining. And there is far too much of that on our political shows.
As for more balance on the CBC, I’m all for that.