Thursday, September 22, 2005
More Manipulative MSM Bias Against Harper, CPC
Ah, yes. Here the MSM goes again. With their fetish for negatively reporting on Conservative Leader Stephen Harper. In this article from CNews, written by Dan Dugas, with the headline: "Harper angry at dissidents, media", we see more pure opinion without fact to back it up.
Whoever wrote the headline, be it Mr. Dugas or some special, sinister MSM headline-for-manipulation-of-readers specialist, certainly seems to me to have ignored the lack of evidence of any "anger" on Mr. Harper's part and nevertheless chose to perpetuate the popular MSM stereotype of Mr. Harper as "angry", as if having any kind of emotion makes one unfit to be Prime Minister (hey, Jean Chretien was many times visibly angry, we recall, and current PM Paul Martin is on record as declaring "I'm mad as hell...").
Mr. Harper said:
"Any Conservative, anywhere, at any time, can, by criticizing other Conservatives, become an instant and enormous media star. That's just the way it is, we'll have to get used to it."
How is that evidence of any "anger"? Reporters should simply state what Mr. Harper actually said without declaring their own belief as to what he may have been feeling as he said what he did.
Here's some more of what Mr. Harper said, with reference to a small number of party malcontents who have maliciously, unreasonably badmouthed him:
"The Conservative leader who wins, the leader who brings Conservatives together and unites them, is a leader who, frankly, ignores such people.
"It is a leader who does not spend his time attacking other Conservatives, it's a leader who spends his time attacking the Liberals and that's what I intend to do."
Can anyone explain how in the world this is evidence of "anger"? As far as the I'm concerned, it sounds very rational and leaderly.
Since the early nineties I have noticed the MSM abuse the headlines in an attempt to hurt Reform, the Canadian Alliance and now the CPC. CNews should be ashamed of itself and, I believe, should retract the misleading headline claiming "anger" on the part of Mr. Harper. And declare they regret the mea culpa.
Sept. 23, 2005:
CNews has changed its headline today. It now reads:
"Harper ignores Tory dissidents".
CNews has done the right thing.