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Media double standard on what reflects grassroots support?

A question popped up into my head:

Did any of the media columnists currently going after the Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament (from here on in referred to by its acronym CAPP) Facebook group over how it doesn’t really show grassroots support say the same for Stephen Taylor’s group? You know, the anti-coalition group that got up to 127 000 members last December (and is Stephen’s target mark for CAPP showing grassroots legitimacy, but thats another blogpost).

For example, did Dan Cook, blogger/snarker extraordinaire of the Globe & Mail, get snarky at that group’s big numbers as well? Did the National Post do an editorial on how Taylor’s groups […]

Don’t drink and write on this long holiday weekend.

That would be my advice to Fazil Mihlar, who is warning patriotic Canadians that The Liberals Green Shift will possibly lead to the breakup of this country if implemented, and to stop Dion and the Liberals at all cost! Show your patriotism by opposing the Green Shift! 🙄

Impolitical reports this guy is a Fraser Institute alumnus; I’m sure you’re all real shocked or surprised by that.

UPDATE: This screed that passes for a column is being written in a CanWest-owned newspaper. That shouldnt shock or surprise anyone either. Maybe Warren or Senator Grafstein need to buy more then just the National Post in order to clean house – how about the whole Canwest chain?

Better disclosure on your guests, CTV (and maybe better guests, too).

In brief, I was reading this post by Jeff this AM afternoon, and I have to say along the same lines that for a pro vs con debate on a controversial topic, such as Omar Khadr, CTV can certainly bring on to debate whoever it wants – the choice of US Navy JAG Lawyer Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler, who is defending Khadr, is a solid choice, and good on CTV for bringing him on. Everyone knows quite crystal clear where he stands and why his views are what they are.

But, CTV has a duty to the viewers to properly identify the representative of the opposing viewpoint above and beyond the rather vague description of him as a security analyst and former Crown prosecutor. They should have mentioned, in my view, that he worked in Stockwell Day’s office at one point, and let people know this fact so they could see where his point of view is partially coming from. The fact he has rather extreme views on the Charter of Rights and the judiciary in Canada, as Jeff has pointed out at his blogpiece, also makes one wonder if CTV couldn’t have found a better representative to articulate that side of the argument.

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