January 04, 2016

"Conservatives won't hound Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan about his addictions the way leftists" -- including O'Regan himself -- "hounded Rob Ford"

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

So a Liberal MP from Newfoundland named Seamus O’Regan just announced that he's "adopting an alcohol free lifestyle" and has entered "a wellness program."

Let's wish O’Regan well.

I predict that conservatives will not hound him about his addictions the way leftists hounded Rob Ford, the former Toronto Mayor, about his.

Like how the CBC sent Mary Walsh to Ford’s home to badger him.

Or how the Toronto Star started paying people thousands of dollars for footage of Rob Ford drinking, even in private homes on his own time.

Because Ford was a fat, populist conservative and O’Regan is a fashionable, sleek liberal. Reporters would never say a word against him.

And we won’t do it either.

But it would be journalistically corrupt if we didn’t take a moment to reflect on how O’Regan himself acted towards Rob Ford’s addictions.

In a word, he was merciless. He was jubilant.

WATCH to see some examples.

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commented 2016-01-04 12:18:56 -0500
Just wanted to add sometimes it is the shame and fear of how people will react if they admit they have a problem that prevents them from seeking help.
commented 2016-01-04 12:15:27 -0500
Excellent perspective. Beneath the headlines and the strong political differences is a person’s whose very life is hanging in the balance and some only see this as a tool for gaining political leverage completely ignoring the gravity of the situation and reveling in some weird self righteous sense of vindication as if we don’t have our own sins to contend with. Sadly sometimes it takes our own fall before we can learn sensitivity towards the suffering of others and the families who had nothing to do with it and have to sit and watch the gruesome reality of haters publicly expressing joyful derision as a person’s life hangs in the balance. This is the time when we all need to offer our prayers and support to anyone fighting and addiction and cast aside our differences. Any of these people could just as easily be one of our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters and it could even be us.
commented 2016-01-04 11:55:42 -0500
Shame on you, Seamus O’Regan, for your hypocrisy! You were the pot calling the kettle black!
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