Ispend most Sunday mornings watching political talk shows on television: Face the Nation, Meet the Press and The McLaughlin Group from the U.S. and CTV’s Question Period from this side of the border. Of these, CTV’s offering is by far the weakest and least engaging.
The CTV.ca website promotes Question Period as, “… the program is a must-see for political junkies,” as having “two of the strongest political journalists in the country,” and “as the authoritative source for candid discussion and debate about Canadian politics.”
This is pretty well all hype and little truth. What the viewer gets instead of “candid discussion and debate” are biased interviews and progressive-liberal journalists having a congenial chat while bashing the Conservative government, and more especially bashing PM Stephen Harper.
This morning, co-host Kevin Newman led a panel discussion on third-party political ads, centred around the recent National Citizens Coalition’s attack ad “defining” interim Liberal leader Bob Rae. They also briefly covered U.S.-based attack ads run during the GOP nomination campaigns.
Nothing at all was said, though, about the expensive anti-Hudak television attack ad campaign that trade unions ran during Ontario’s fall election. No, Question Period stayed well clear of mentioning any political attack ads run by third-parties supporting progressive parties. They only talked about those attack ads run by conservative groups, as if conservatives were the only ones doing that sort of thing.
It seems to me that once Sun News Network went on air with their right-of-centre-bias, CTV dropped all pretence of balanced journalism and went all-in for their Liberal and NDP friends.
I concede the discussion about the ads is a relatively small point, but I thought it said volumes about the political bias so evident on CTV these days. And that’s really too bad for we could do with a balanced Sunday morning show on our side of the border.