Here, from our lazy, boring, and super left-wing Canadian mainstream media, is yet another “Canada’s Declining Reputation Abroad” article.
You don’t have to read it to know what it says. You’ve read this article and zillions like it since Harper first won in 2006. Big fat meanie Stephen Harper doesn’t play nice. He isn’t sufficiently convinced of global warming. He’s too pro-Israel. He’s too tough on crime. He rejects consensus at the U.N. His hair looks funny.
You could, of course, make use of actual evidence - such as a 2013 study showing Canada’s international reputation was doing fine - to argue otherwise. Here’s a whole Maclean’s article full of facts and figures (if you’re into that sort of thing) showing the good health of Canada’s international reputation.
But evidence can’t compete with the seasoned wisdom of former Prime Minister Joe Clark, who declared firmly for Team Harper’s Killing Canada’s Rep in the pages of the Toronto Star.
Back when Joe Who was Prime Minister, same-sex marriage was a distant dream, residential schools were still going strong, and a woman or person of colour in politics was a rarity worth remarking on. But, by all means, let’s talk about how Harper’s leadership is something for progressives to be ashamed of.
Things must really be great outside of Canada for people abroad to have nothing better to do than tell Canadian journalists how much things have changed for the worse since the CPC took over, huh?
Why does this myth about Canada’s reputation persist? Because the Canadian media doesn’t view Harper as a legitimate leader.
Now, you can have your quibbles with the CPC. But let’s make one thing absolutely clear. No Canadian with ties to a conservative party - no, not even Joe Clark or the rest of the Progressive Conservative useful idiots who talk about the threat posed to Canadian society by “the neo-cons” - is viewed by polite Canadian society as legitimate.
That’s also why the media gleefully repeats the other big lie about Harper’s government- that because a majority of Canadians voted for other parties, Harper has no right to say he has a majority (despite that this is a massive misunderstanding of how our voting system works).
Now, when called on this, the media will tell you with a straight face that they play no part in conservative alienation.
Remember when the Toronto Star proudly and without hesitation said that the media storm surrounding Rob Ford was his own fault? As if Rob Ford was writing the Toronto Star columns, editorials, editorial cartoons and the rest of the obsessive day-after-day coverage of everything he did?
Of course, Rob Ford did refuse to talk to the Toronto Star, so I guess, kind of like the guy who blames the woman for dressing sexy, that Rob Ford should have known that Canada’s most powerful newspaper was going to reduce him to atoms.
Even if you’re a relative unknown, like, say, Patrick Brown, that wouldn’t preclude the media from writing all of the columns about your social conservatism and checkered past and resemblance to Mike Harris.
So you see, although some of us wouldn’t otherwise ignore the considerable flaws of right-wing politicians in this country, the media leaves us no choice. No matter what you do, you’re not going to get a fair shake from these people.
This- and I hope the mainstream media is listening- is why you have that stubborn 30% of the population that votes conservative, and why sites like TheRebel exist.
But hey, it wouldn’t be the first instance of the press creating a story…and then following it.
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