Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Mainstream Media Pounces on Conservative Show of Weakness

The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail both delivered stories today, bashing conservatives for abstaining from a vote. The vote was a confidence motion that would have brought down the government and sparked an early election. In both articles the mainstream press used the opportunity to paint the Conservatives as bunch of spineless politicians that are not doing their job.

The liberal media called it the largest abstention in Canadian parliamentary history “They [Conservatives] sat in the House of Commons and didn’t cast a single vote,” is how the press reported it, “As Liberals passed their budget over the objections of the Bloc Quebecois and the NDP.”

The press then went running to the radial left-wing party leaders for sound bites.

"This idea of coming to Ottawa only to sit on your hands when the most important vote comes up. . . . He [Stephen Harper] wants to pretend he's voting against it while at the same time holding the government in power on the budget. I don't think he's fooling anyone," said Jack Layton, leader of the socialist NDP.

"I imagine that during the next election campaign their slogan will be 'vote for us, we won't show up,' '' said Bloc Quebecois leader, Gilles Duceppe.

The liberal Finance Minister was quoted as saying, “They obviously concluded that this budget was sufficiently strong that they did not want to risk their political position on an election. That says the budget is popular with Canadians.”

This is the latest example of classic liberal bias in the media. After spending the first week of February sowing the seeds of voter resentment over the possibility that Conservatives may bring down this minority government, now they are painting them as spineless cowards for not bringing down this minority government. Back then, they wanted Canadians to go to the polls resentful, with a vendetta to punish the Conservatives for forcing them to vote too much.

One thing is for sure, the Conservative Party has to get over this fear of forcing another election. They simply cannot wait for the press to say something nice about them and give them a bounce in the polls. The sooner they bring down this government the better it will be for all Canadians.

If Iraqis would risk terrorist attacks, mortars, suicide bombers and death in order to cast a ballot in an election, then Canadians will survive marking an X twice in one year.


At 10:34 a.m., Blogger Hector said...

Sorry Michael,

I mean, even accepting your larger argument that there is a liberal bias in the MSM, I do not see this as a very good example of it.

Surely the fact that the C's did not stand up to vote, and that this is something of a first is newsworthy? Ok, so you're probably not disagreeing with talking about it.

And you know darn well that the MSM is going to talk to the parties. So both the C's and L's make some neutral non-inflammatory comments, and the leaders of two lesser parties lose their cool and spout non-sense. It's hardly liberal bias to report their ravings.

According to you, the 'spin' of the MSM is, and you quote, “They [Conservatives] sat in the House of Commons and didn’t cast a single vote,”

Which is, true, and phrased pretty neutrally, wouldn't you say?

You also quote them as saying, “As Liberals passed their budget over the objections of the Bloc Quebecois and the NDP.” Which is true, and also, neutral, wouldn't you say?

If you really think this is a good example of liberal bias I think some more examples are required, or else further explanation of how the MSM quoting the leaders of the parties qualifies, or how mentioning the story qualifies.



At 11:11 a.m., Blogger Hector said...

PS. I note you're a fellow pegger, salut!


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