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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

So good it just has to be fattening

Oh dear, Jason Kenney — look what you did:

MP Jason Kenney held a news conference in which he complained — incorrectly — that Martin speechwriter Scott Feschuk had insulted ethnic minorities. Feschuk had written a humorous note on the Liberal party website referring to "socially awkward Omni subscribers."

Kenney thought Feschuk was talking about viewers of Omni TV, a multicultural channel based in Toronto. In fact, he was actually referring to now-defunct Omni magazine, a science and technology publication long cherished by nerds.

Feschuk quotes Kenney as follows:

(Feschuk) said that Omni subscribers were socially awkward people who believe in UFOs. Scott's a funny guy, and I'm sure he'll say it was just a joke, but I think it's a joke in bad humour. What's he saying? That people from ethnic minorities who are the television viewers of Omni are paranoid, are abnormal, are ungrounded in reality? What's he saying?... I think he has to explain himself, and so does the prime minister.

(What, no call for Paul Martin's resignation? I suppose it would be a bit moot these days.) You know that feeling you get when you see someone who's just a little, you know, much, inadvertently bringing himself down a few pegs? That's the feeling I got reading about Kenney's little episode there. Nothing against the guy personally, but election grandstanding is always tiresome, and it's always fun to see the grandstanders get a metaphorical pie in the face. I suggest enjoying this moment of levity while it lasts.

(And hey, what's with all the negativity about Feschuk's campaign blog anyway? Partisan harrumphing is one thing, but some people seem to find it somehow… inappropriate. I don't see how, and I think it's pretty funny to boot.)

(Cross-posted to Tart Cider.)

Posted by Chris Selley on November 30, 2005 | Permalink


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He needs to ask someone older next time. Omni is practically a trivial pursuit boomers editon question.

Posted by: yyc | 2005-11-30 3:24:30 PM

That's hilarious... Is this the first bona fide gaffe of the campaign?

Posted by: JKelly | 2005-11-30 3:27:15 PM

It depends on your definition on gaffe. It was a mistake and a moment of levity. If it's carried it might actually help in the ethnic communities as the same misunderstanding was probably swirling there.

Still curious if the press conference was only about that. if was about the statement he sent out last night he's making a pretty serious charge and the media is still ignoring it.

Posted by: yyc | 2005-11-30 3:44:21 PM

He may not have insulted ethnic minorities, but Paul Hellyer should be demanding an apology.

Posted by: TimR | 2005-11-30 4:02:21 PM

actually i'm feeling sorry for the electoral appliances.

Posted by: yyc | 2005-11-30 4:07:45 PM

Now I understand why you never see Jason Kenney and Eric Theodore Cartman in the same room.

Weak, dude.

Posted by: Paul Canniff | 2005-11-30 4:10:29 PM

Feschuk: "the fact that I know of Omni mag and Jason doesn't may speak to the fact he had a more socially successfully youth than I did"

Posted by: yyc | 2005-11-30 4:12:35 PM

Kenney's probably getting as good a laugh out of this now as everyone else. The serious stuff will show up another day and who would possibly want to miss his next press conference?

Posted by: yyc | 2005-11-30 4:16:15 PM

I didn't say the Liberal party blog was "inappropriate", though God knows there's an argument to be made for that.

I think the content suggests Feschuk has little to no understanding of his own demographic, and he comes across as a bit of an idiot. But I agree, idiots can be funny at times.

Posted by: Kate | 2005-11-30 4:30:38 PM

Kate started a whole raft of 60's jokes at the time. By day 3 Feschuk has worked his way to the 80's. Kind of like the Liberal platform.

Posted by: yyc | 2005-11-30 4:48:21 PM

The Liberals have a platform?

Posted by: jhuck | 2005-11-30 4:53:34 PM

yep. recycled promise from the 80's.

Posted by: yyc | 2005-11-30 5:03:42 PM

Kenny will be the first guy to admit to a screw up. Remember when Rick Mercer took over his domain and its now linked to Egale. Kenny had a big laugh over it and said he deserved it. If you want to talk about gaffes how about Ignatieff??

Posted by: MikeP | 2005-11-30 5:05:39 PM

And now for some reasoned debate on health care, the confusing of federal/provincial/municipal jurisdictions, what to do (if anything) to meet the Kyoto targets to which the country is legally committed, or the necessary equipment for the Canadian Forces.

Just kidding. Kim Campbell was right.


Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-11-30 7:11:49 PM

This would've been a great parody of the faux-outrage that politicians regularly use to score grievance points.
Too bad he was serious...

Posted by: dr_dog | 2005-11-30 7:54:24 PM

As opposed to writing anti-semetic hate crimes on someone esle's property and being denounced even by your own side Robert?

Posted by: Warwick | 2005-11-30 8:36:58 PM

Speaking of fattening and minority groups ... since it's been shown in many stats that the majority of Candians are now overweight to obese to even morbidly obese ...

is it okay to start slagging fat people? ... they must contrubute a bit more to global warming than thin people since their body-mass produces more heat and their diets will dicate that they blowing a lot more methane gas out their butts ....

just a thought. Maybe it's time hold a meeting in Montreal to cut back on fat people.

Have a laught at http://dukemcgoo.blogspot.com

Posted by: Duke | 2005-11-30 8:50:33 PM

Hey Mclelland .. how much do you weight?

Posted by: Duke | 2005-11-30 8:53:55 PM

I used to buy OMNI magazine ; I don't know why a Liberano would be spewing on scientists. OMNI was a serious magazine and it went out of business because it was so high tec that most people would not expend the brain power required to read it. Jason Kenny was correct when he assumed the Liberano was spewing on people watching OMNI T.V.; some old Liberano remembered that magazine and came to the 'loose lip 'defense. I know quite a few Liberanos and I think it is a huge stretch to think that any of them read OMNI.

Posted by: jema54j | 2005-12-03 11:42:39 AM

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