The Globe and Mail has been caught holding back a story in order to help Justin Trudeau and the Liberals win last week’s election and the paper is actually defending what they did.
In boxing it's called throwing the fight or taking a fall and it can be done in all kinds of ways, like by not trying that hard. The Chicago White Sox famously did that in 1919 taking money from gamblers to throw the game.
The Globe and Mail didn't take money from gamblers but their decision to hold off on a major political story due to concerns it would affect the election shows they were willing to tip the scales for the federal Liberals.
I know the Globe endorsed the Conservatives. The endorsement ordered by owner David Thompson to back the re-election of the Conservatives, resulted in a one time editorial that was a bizarre endorsement explaining why the Conservatives were worthy of re-election but Stephen Harper was not.
A one off editorial from the owner does not undo the daily drip of media bias and outright campaigning that appears on the front pages and political pages. I talked about media bias and told you about our poll questions last week. More on that in a minute but in my view, this helps prove media bias in favour of the Liberals.
In deciding not to tell readers, and voters in Ontario, about the multi-million dollar pay off from the Ontario Liberals to the province's teacher's unions because they were afraid of interfering in the election, the Globe has done just that, they interfered.
The Globe sat on a bombshell of a story, that Kathleen Wynne’s government was paying off the teacher’s unions with special payments to defray negotiating costs and funnelling money from one fund – money designated to help struggling students graduate – and using that money to pay for extra raises for teachers.
None of this was known to the public.
Over the coming days the Globe followed up with more stories, revealing that it wasn’t just one teacher's union but several that got these special payouts. The total $3.7 million, and all of it paid out without receipts or documentation according to Education Minister Liz Sandals who responded to questions about what this money paid for by saying, “We know what pizza costs.”
So how does The Globe sitting on this constitute them tipping the scales for Justin Trudeau?
The story was ready before election day and they held it so that it would not hurt Justin and the Liberals. But let’s believe Globe Public Editor Sylvia Stead who wrote in defence of holding it, “In my view, if Ontario was voting that day for its own government, there would be no question the story should be published. Voters need to know as much key information as can be provided to inform their vote. I agree that this was clearly a separate level of government and a provincial not a federal issue.”
Kathleen Wynne was a constant figure on the campaign trail with Justin Trudeau in Ontario. She and her government were active players in the federal election even into the last days as she promised voters that if Trudeau were elected then she might not go ahead with her Ontario Pension Plan because Justin would take care of the whole country. She’s since gone back on that promise but that isn’t pertinent to this story.
MS. Stead can't say that federal and provincial politics are completely separate. She knew, or should have known, how active Wynne was. And what about all the people from Queen’s Park, from Wynne’s Team that formed the basis of Trudeau’s campaign team?
If she didn’t know about that then Globe National Editor Dennis Choquette should have known but he said, like Stead, that these were two different issues.
“Voters were not being asked to elect a provincial government, so I did not feel that we were withholding essential information that could inform their decision at the polls. We did risk our appearance of neutrality, however, were we to have published on Election Day,” Mr. Choquette said.
What you were withholding Mr. Choquette was that Justin Trudeau’s key ally, cheerleader and mentor was caught using taxpayer’s money to pay off her friends. Just like the Liberals of old.
Perhaps you worried that exposing this on election day might have dampened some enthusiasm for your man Justin? Perhaps you worried that voters hearing about Liberals being up to their same old ways might have paused?
Here is the reality.
By election day I doubt that your story would have had time to make a big enough impact to change the outcome in any significant way.
But what your actions have done is shown you to be anything but neutral. You and your team Mr. Choquette held back information, explosive information and you put your hands on the scale to ensure they tipped only for Justin.
Media Party. Plain and simple.
After I announced our poll on media bias I had plenty of people tell me that I am biased, that The Rebel is.
Let me explain the difference.
At The Rebel we're open about who we are, what we stand for and where we're coming from. That helps inform how you view our work. The Globe, and other media outlets claim to be neutral when they are anything but. They are active, partisan players. Did you know that the union representing Globe and Mail reporters is Unifor? Did you know that Unifor actively pushed all of its members to vote for anybody but the Conservatives? Did you know that Unifor was a registered third party in this election and spent piles of money attacking Stephen Harper and the Conservatives exclusively? That is the union of Globe reporters. Do you think they are immune to the constant barrage of anti-Harper missives from their union?
We will have our poll on media bias and the media unions in a few days.
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