Stockwell Day shoots an old canard
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind seeing a Conservative politician writing a column for CBC. Even if he is a creationist. But I’m dismayed to see, once again, a spirited defence of the “left-wing media” myth being promulgated here in Canada, especially by the state broadcaster.
As befits a retired Cabinet minister, Day doesn’t make the argument particularly well. Instead this column is a strange, rambling mishmash. He worries that Justin Trudeau’s reliance upon left jabs during his asinine boxing match with Senator Douchebag is an ominous warning sign that Trudeau would swing far to the left as future Liberal Party leader. He says that the media suffer from “Kennedy envy” and that they will support the American Federal Reserve’s use of quantitative easing to bolster Obama’s re-election prospects. Hilariously, Day says that “quantitative easing” is a new term for deficit spending by governments. Yikes. This sort of ignorance is scary, folks, when it’s coming from a Cabinet minister. Then, to top it off, he thanks the covert counterterrorism forces who were active at the London Olympics. Huh?
Anyhow, the left-wing media. I’ve written about this before. It’s hogwash. Every major newspaper in Canada, with one exception, endorsed the Conservative Party of Canada in the last election. Conservative contributors to op-ed pages outnumber Liberal and NDP contributors by a wide margin. Representatives of business groups and social conservative organizations outnumber spokespeople of labour, environmentalist groups, and other progressive NGOs by a similar margin.
In response, Day waves a single flimsly factoid: a claim that most reporters identify as liberal. That may well be true. It doesn’t surprise me, and it doesn’t particularly matter. Claims like this surface frequently. For instance, it turns out that employees of News Corp, which owns Fox News, give much more to the Democratic Party than to the Republican Party. That obviously doesn’t alter the fact that Fox News’s very-far-right-wing commentators are engaged in open political warfare against the right-wing Obama administration.
Which is another point, incidentally, that people seem stubbornly reluctant to accept: there is, at present, no significant organized political left in the United States. In Canada, the New Democratic Party might qualify — although you’ll notice that many actual committed leftists disagree with me on that point. The Liberals are not a left-wing party. They were not left-wing under Chretien. They certainly are not left-wing in British Columbia, where the provincial Liberal government is currently trying to shore up its dwindling re-election protests by engaging in — you guessed it — a good old-fashioned pogrom against economy-hating “leftists.” And so on. But I digress.
I have a standing offer to anyone who can demonstrate to me that there is clear evidence of large-scale left-wing bias in the Canadian media to write a guest column making the case for it. Every so often someone tells me that they’re working on it and will be supplying data soon. Yet they never seem to finish their work. I wonder why? So, to those who doubt me, the offer remains open. Make a case that the Canadian media is mainly left-wing, and we’ll publish it.