Watching CTV’s Question Period on Sundays, I often wonder how the host and quests can find so much to criticize and nitpick when, if fact, Canada is enjoying widespread prosperity and praise from around the world.
Have things ever been better? Perhaps, but only by a few degrees. Are there problems? Sure, but has there ever been a period in Canada’s history when there were no problems?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has just returned from a visit to Israel where he was cheered at virtually every turn. Yet all Laurie Graham, CTV’s Deputy Bureau Chief filling in for regular host Robert Fife, wanted to talk about was the poor attempt at humour by Conservative MP Mark Adler who made his now infamous “This is the million-dollar shot” comment.
The prime minister scored big-time on the international stage in Israel, addressing the Knesset, the Jewish state’s parliament. PM Harper enjoyed several rounds of applause with but a couple of hecklers to mar the occasion. By the time he had wrapped up his speech, the room was on its feet giving the PM a standing ovation, with no descent that I could see. In other words, it was not solely the conservative members cheering the PM—the hecklers had walked out during the speech.
In his speech the PM made several statements that drew wide applause. Andrew Coyne, not normally a Harper cheerleader, described the speech in the National Post as “passionate, sincere, and—for the most part—right.” So what had CTV’s Deputy Bureau Chief Laurie Graham to say?
You guessed it. Graham highlighted the charge that the trip to Israel was all about internal politics, and showed a video clip, twice, of the Adler incident at Old Jerusalem’s Western Wall. From a delegation of somewhere between 150 and 200 people, one short video clip emerges as the main item for two segments of Question Period.
We heard from CTV that the PM faced some “hecklers” as if implying there were a few, but I counted only two on the TV coverage, suggesting to me that many left-wing Israeli parliamentarians were enjoying and cheering the PM’s speech. But CTV chose not to showcase on their flagship weekend political show even one video clip of the historic speech.
How about the part when PM Harper said, “Israel is the only country in the Middle East which has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.”? Or this one, “Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is absolute and non-negotiable” Or even this, “a Palestinian state will come … when the regimes that bankroll terrorism realize that the path to peace is accommodation, not violence”? [Credit: quotes from National Post]
Is it any wonder we right-of-centre bloggers believe CTV News is guilty of political bias in their broadcasts?