If there’s one good thing that has come out of watching an entire weekend’s news cycle revolve around Stephen Harper’s awkward turn of phrase -- three words, out of an entire debate’s worth of face-plants, evasions and other such truthiness -- it is that I can confidently state why the Canadian media, and media in general, is biased against conservatives:
They do it because there is (almost) no cost to doing so.
You are here on the Megaphone, so chances are you wouldn’t use the Toronto Star for any other purpose than to line a birdcage, and watching the CBC for your news is out of the question. We are not part of these media outlets’ target audience, so as a result, the only time they care about what we think is when we are clicking on, commenting on, and reacting to their stories.
Publish an article about Stephen Harper’s cold, inhuman demeanor and pissed-off conservatives will rocket it to the top of the Most Read list while the editorial board sits back and high-fives one another.
As Earl Cowan found out when he was transmogrified by reporters into #AngryCon, the MSM is contemptuous rather than fearful when they deal with angry Conservative supporters. They think we are a bunch of easily manipulated maroons, a bunch of poop-flinging baboons. Of course they are making jokes about drinking our tears, and it’s all because we don’t contribute to their bottom line.
Nobody’s going to get fired from the Star for lying about Ezra Levant, and while Dean Skoreyko’s attempts to use the proper channels at the CBC to make a point about bias are praiseworthy, the lesson seems to be lost on the Mother Corp’s top brass.
Click around the Toronto Sun webpage long enough and you might see an ad from one of the teacher’s unions griping about Kathleen Wynne “walking away from the table”. They make these asks because dollars are dollars, and clicks are clicks. They don’t get hung up on silly things like principles.
You had best believe that when the MSM ducks a story you won’t see anywhere else but right here, it’s because they know who they can get away with offending.
No conservative in their right mind would do to Heather Mallick what, say, Margaret Wente’s haters have tried to do to her because we know that the right to free speech is the only thing we have left. As much as some of us might love to silence left-wing journalists, we’d only end up hurting ourselves in the end if we did by creating the precedent.
Therefore never let us ask again why the left is silent when it comes to ISIS, or why they are slow to criticize Russia or China or sexism or racism in their own backyards. Totalitarians and terrorists have made it absolutely clear what the consequences of questioning them will be.
A better question would be what we are willing to do to control the discourse, or how long we are going to wait for some mythical silent majority to rush to the rescue.
Let it be known that if Trudeau or Mulcair becomes PM on October 19, it will be because the CPC brain trust spent 2 1/2 months on the defensive and their supporters were too embarrassed to speak up.
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