Guys, the media in Ontario has a big problem.
There's a provincial by-election brewing, the Auditor-General released another one of those 700+ page reports nobody reads, and all they can talk about is how nobody can seem to figure out who Patrick Brown is.
The crack team of journalists tasked with uncovering the goings-on at Queen's Park have hit a wall when it comes to getting the goods on P-Bizzle despite him being a city councillor, CPC MP, and having been on the job as PCPO Opposition Leader for six months.
Provincial news reporters at Canadian newspapers are certainly not B-teamers ported over from another bureau (how dare you suggest such a thing!), so if they want to focus on Patrick Brown's lack of definition instead of whatever group of scandals the Ontario Liberals are currently laughing off, they must have a reason. As it happens, they have two reasons, and neither of them are very good.
But because I'm the type of guy who likes to provide explanations for behaviours that would, in some ways, be better off left unexplained, I'm about to tell you what they are.
The first reason is that the media are the kind of people who accept that global warming is a credible cause for terrorism- namely, filthy cowards.
Because they don't wish to give offence to the wrong people, that's the explanation they run with- a reason that nobody could possibly really believe is true, yet they agree is true anyway.
So what does that have to do with this "Who Is Patrick Brown" nonsense? Well, in both cases you can infer what the media would like to say from what the media isn't saying.
And what aren't they saying that they would like to say? They would like to say that Patrick Brown is a nobody, unworthy of consideration for the lofty office of Premier of Ontario.
But doing that would prove guys like me and the rest of the Rebel staff right about the Media Party looking down at conservatives, and about how they are willing to make excuses for ethically challenged individuals like Kathleen Wynne because she is a progressive and cosmopolitan lady beloved by downtown Toronto dignitaries and teacher's unions, and Patrick Brown comes from up in cottage country and has the smell of Harper about him. Why else would they be so hung up on his profile?
Now, I'm really trying to cut down on criticizing the home team- people don't want to retweet articles that criticize the home team, you see- but the other reason for these non-stories is that if Patrick Brown and his team want to play it safe, then this is the sort of coverage they can expect.
I don't know what kind of deranged thought pattern makes the PCPO expect fair treatment after over a decade of the media rushing to cover their screw-ups and ignoring what they did right while giving the Liberals the opposite treatment, but I'm guessing that it's kind of similar to the media going with the global-warming-causes-terrorism lie.
The PCPO needs to get it through their collective heads that they are never going to get a fair hearing. Not now, not after a few years of Brown as leader, not during the writ period, and not if Patrick Brown manages to stay Premier of the Province for as long as Harper was PM.
Heyyyy, wait a minute....do you think the fact that the media ignores conservatives who try to play it safe has anything to do with why guys like Trump have no trouble getting their message out?