It’s no secret that the mainstream Canadian media landscape is woefully tilted against conservatism.
Nowhere is this clearer than when comparing media coverage of certain issues during the election, to the reporting we're seeing now that Trudeau is in power.
Take the Energy East pipeline.
Harper vigorously defended the need to get Alberta’s oil to the world market. As a response, we saw article after article painting Harper as oil obsessed dictator. Pipeline protesters were shown as heroes on television, and news outlets continued to blow fears about spills out of proportion.
But now Justin Trudeau is prime minister, so the story is a bit different.
In the media’s eyes, the rightful party has finally returned to power, and journalists no longer have to bash pipelines. In fact, suddenly the Energy East pipeline is a no-brainer. Rick Mercer just released one of his rants, claiming that building pipelines is important for national unity!
Where were these comments and columns four months ago?
Or take the subject of refugees.
During the election, that shocking image of a child washed up on the shore quickly became a way to mischaracterize the Conservative Party as a bunch of cold-hearted, Islamaphobic monsters.
Chris Alexander’s name was dragged through the mud, painted as someone who wouldn’t lift a finger to help Syrians fleeing danger.
Harper’s welcoming, yet responsibly cautious, approach to refugees was decried as the “politics of fear”, while Trudeau’s pledge to bring 25,000 refugees here as soon as possible was applauded as the morally righteous response.
However, with Trudeau ensconced at 24 Sussex, we get to see what the media really thinks -- and it turns out they agreed with Harper (and most Canadians) all along.
Now some columnists are calling Trudeau’s pledge reckless.
Too bad they stifled their real views during a time when they might have been relevant to voters. Only now are immigration experts and political commentators weighing in on Trudeau's extremely naïve policy goal.
I don’t believe for a second that members of the media sat around a big table like the Stonecutters in The Simpsons, nefariously plotting Harper’s demise, while Peter Mansbridge tents is fingers, laughing manically.
But I do believe that most people in the media simply aren’t fans of Harper. Giving him the boot was something they’d wanted to do for the past nine years, and during the last election, they got their chance.
I’ve grown tired of the snobbish song and dance many in the media perform: They will criticize Trudeau across the board, but would never vote against him, nor would they attack him in an election year.
Just wait. All of these critiques of Trudeau and the Liberals will dry up once the Tories have a new leader, and we’ll be back to the same old routine of “conservative bashing” in no time. The media is nothing but predictable.
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