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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Thursday Poll


Vote here. H/t Uncommon Truths

Posted by Darcey on May 25, 2006 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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Waaaaaaaaa!!!!! Mommmmmyyyyyyyy!!!!! The media are picking on me again!!!! Make them stop!!!!!

At least you guys are admitting that "The Western Standard" is not a part of the media ... or the "Sun" chain ... or "The National Post" ... etc. Anyone who thinks they give the Conservatives a harder time than the Liberals is just plain delusional.

Grow up. Seriously.

Posted by: Mark Logan | 2006-05-25 8:34:20 AM

Have another glass of kool-aid Mark.

Posted by: deepblue | 2006-05-25 9:05:25 AM

Hey Mark,

Can you read? The WESTERN Standard is a WESTERN media source. The Sun Chain runs a bunch of LOCAL papers.

The poll was referring to the NATIONAL media. The Ottowa press corp to be more specific.

The National Post is only one source and it isn't as right as it used to be. There are many anti-CPC sources (both print and tv.)

Posted by: Warwick | 2006-05-25 9:26:42 AM

Chill, guys and put this in the proper perspective.

The battle is between PM Harper and the group of reporters sent by various news organizations to report about the going-on in Ottawa, commonly referred to as the Ottawa press gallery (even though television hardly uses presses).

Any collection of human beings is succeptible to groupthink (Orwell again?), in which how you fit into the group becomes more important than independent thought.

So, if one guy like Lorrie Goldstien of the Toronto Sun (see his Wednesday column) goes against the pack and dares say nobody gives a shit about how tough it is for the media to get the story, he risks being ostracized from the group.

Totalitiarians know this tendency of human nature to group and invent its own reality all too well ... that and fear are useful tactics in controlling others they deem intellectually inferior.

Now, if any of you would have had to endure falisified personal attacks (such as Justin has used against me in the past), you would be well within your rights to view them with a healthy dose of skepticism.

I guess Harper is attempting to break up the groupthink of the Ottawa pack. By taking away their power to control the message, it's no wonder they have been reacting in a desperate way.

I find this whole battle amusing ... and that's because I consider the Ottawa press gallery to have the collective intellectual weight of a typical kindergarten class. I'm sure its individual members are quite intelligent, but by creating their own collective reality, it's quite easy to see how they've literally dummied down.

Sound just like the outcome of the commie dream.

Posted by: Set you free | 2006-05-25 9:43:54 AM

To say that the media does not have a liberal bias and gives everyone a fair shake is like saying Iran really loves Israel, and was just kidding when the president said he wants to "wipe them off the the map." The greatest part of Harper exposing this is that people who have known this for so long finally get a voice. Oh, and by the way, the Western Standard is not a Conservative magazine, it is a magazine that simply tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Now it may appear to be Conservative to an average big government loving, global warming Suzuki junky, CBC watching Liberal, but it just accurately gives the story the way it happened. Welcome to responsible journalism. They have to worry about giving the truth because they are privately funded, not funded by the big firm on parliment hill. When the CBC gives more support to a seperatist party than they do a national party you can declare bias. The best shoot down I saw of a Liberal CBC reporter was when she questioned the HON. Vic Toews by saying that harsher penalties for minor crimes will not lower crime because it hasn't happened in any country. Vic responded by giving 10 examples of where it had made a difference, and asked her for the statistics which she could not deliver. Congrats Mr. Harper on your stand, and wise choice of taking your platform to the media that does want responsible journalism.

Posted by: Dave | 2006-05-25 9:59:03 AM

You will have trouble winning over the crowd who cannot see the bias. Some, like Acer, believe that a story on what some report said is enough. There is no requirement or need to seek out the other side of the story. The story itself was simply about what one person or what one report had said.

While I agree that the Western Standard does report both sides of the story many times, there are several pieces that take one side much more critically. Like Pierre Lemieux's Penal Envy column (May 22, 2006), there is a slant away from the idea of minimum sentences that the conservatives were touting. They also lay in hard on Harper's choices with David Emerson crossing the floor. Other columns slant toward how many conservatives think. Then again, with newspaper readership numbers dropping, people must be getting their news from the internet, local news outlets, some other source or have just given up on the news.

John M Reynolds

Posted by: jmrSudbury | 2006-05-25 11:31:00 AM

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