I believe I speak for most Canadians, regardless of our political differences, that the pro-Liberal, pro-Ignatieff bias on both the CBC and CTV (and yes sometimes even the “non-partisan” CPAC) could have an impact on the federal election. Of course, what that impact will be, we won’t know until May the 2nd. But, it could just as easily have a backlash against Liberals as a negative impact on Conservatives.
It is not just what the reporters or news readers ask or say. It’s also what they ignore and deliberately leave out. For example, they rarely show the Prime Minister in a positive light, while they go out of their way to spin what Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is doing as positive.
I mean, the very assumption that Ignatieff would automatically win a one-on-one debate with Stephen Harper is ridiculous. I mean, just because Ignatieff was a professor does not mean he will be able to effectively debate issues relating to how to run a government.
As someone who spent the latter part of her working life in a university environment, I think that former professors are probably the least likely to be effective prime ministers. Why? Because, far too many of them are narcissistic prima donnas. Just ask anyone who has ever had to navigate a master’s or doctoral thesis “committee” and they will concur.
And, frankly, it is very similar with the NDP’s Jack Layton. It is like Layton is the guest the media forgot to invite to the progressive party. Could that be because the liberal media knows that as long as they can keep the Conservatives to a minority, Layton will be guaranteed his place in a Liberal coalition/parliamentary alliance Cabinet?
In any event, whatever the CBC and CTV’s reasons for allowing their journalists to behave like tabloid sharks, they are a disgrace to Canadian democracy and free speech. Peace, order and good government. Wouldn’t those principles ensure that the media, particularly the tax funded media, give equal time to all the main parties? Plus, whatever happened to the old-fashioned notion of professionalism?
Then, to top it all off, the CBC has a “Compass” poll program that is definitely rigged in favour of the Liberal Party of Canada. How do I know? I know because I took the poll this morning. I answered truthfully, including giving the highest marks to Stephen Harper’s leadership abilities and that I would prefer him as prime minister. Yet, as readers can see in the screenshot of my results, I turned out to be a Liberal.
What absolute nonsense. In order to be a Conservative, I would have had to answer in a certain way — to give the highest marks to getting rid of the long gun registry, extending funding to the military, increasing the involvement of the military in Afghanistan and be the least likely to agree that abortion on demand should be extended.
Look, the Conservative Party of Canada is NOT a far right extremist party. It is a big blue tent, with purple around the edges, which represents former PCs and red tories like myself.
Anyway, you know what all this bias and unprofessionalism shows? It shows that the media is afraid, very afraid that the Canadian people are actually going to exercise their own judgment and elect a Conservative majority. Well, putting aside CTV which is a private company and should know better, the CBC is paid by all taxpayers. Where once I might have lobbied on their behalf, I will no longer. If their own self-interests are to such an extent that they would deliberately bias their coverage, then they don’t deserve one cent from the public.
But, they can still turn things around. We are only in the first week of the election campaign. No one is asking them to be pro-any party. All we are asking is for them to be fair and balanced. Isn’t that what professional journalists are supposed to do?
- One name does stand out, however, for his deplorable and disrespectful coverage of the prime minister — and yes, he is STILL our prime minister — and that is the CBC’s Terry Milewski. When he was covering the Air India inquiry, I stood by him. No longer. The man is an embarrassment to all Canadians.
- For professionalism and balance, of all the journalists on CBC, I have found only Mark Kelly to be fair. Similarly, I have found that Global news, both local and national, is usually balanced and watch Dawna Friesen at 5:30pm for election news. I also look forward to SunTV News on April 18th.
- If readers have any other positive role models for fair election coverage, please leave a hyperlink in a comment on this thread and I’ll make a list and put it on my side bar. And, that includes links for such radio personalities as Charles Adler and Dave Rutherford.