A few blogs back I talked about how the mainstream media doesn’t view conservative leaders as legitimate leaders. This reflects their disdain for conservatism.
Today I want to talk about how, in a much more subtle way, the media prefers to superimpose their own versions of the conservative narrative over the conservative narrative. This, by contrast, reflects their laziness and arrogance.
The media literally has two scripts that they read over and over again when talking about the federal government. When Harper is doing well, there is the “Harper And His Tactics” column. When he isn’t, they flip the switch to the “Desperate Harper” column.
The Harper And His Tactics column is the result of left-wingers banging their heads together in an attempt to understand how Harper continues to exist when, as far as they are concerned, he shouldn’t.
And what keen insights does the experienced Mr. Simpson have? That Harper is counting on the left-wing vote being split by the Liberals and the NDP, and that he is microtargeting his message to various segments of the electorate, and that he hopes seniors will vote for him.
“The party script will always be tight. Every candidate, every organizer will say the same thing. The media, nationally and locally, will be kept at arm’s length.” harrumphs Simpson. “The Conservatives have done politics this way from Day One. They are pros at it. They will do it again, for they know no other way.”
For who can truly know the mind of Harper The Great and Terrible?
Then we have the Desperate Harper column. Here, a cabinet minister or candidate has mouthed off, or someone threw a wrench in the government’s plans, or Harper himself said something unrefined. All of a sudden the script is not so tight, and the CPC looks like a bunch of undisciplined bumblers.
We got columns of this nature when the Keystone XL pipeline fell through, when Harper made his views on the niqab known, when the NDP won in Alberta, and when the CPC said no to the debate consortium.
Sometimes we don’t even need a reason for a Desperate Harper column. Here’s one from Chantal Hebert, who really should know better, claiming that conservatives are fatigued with Harper. “Anecdotally, the sense that it is time for a change is rampant (and growing) in just about every region of the country,” she says, and then fails to provide even one such anecdote supporting her theory.
And each time, when their predictions of Harper’s impending doom do not come true, it’s right back to Harper And His Tactics again.
Now here’s where I check if you’ve been paying attention. Did you notice that none of the articles I’ve linked to here feature an actual response from any conservatives?
We know from the Harper And His Tactics script that Harper spares no expense getting his message out. So how is it that not a single CPC spokesperson (other than the PM himself) ends up quoted in these articles?
I can think of two possible explanations. Either Harper is just that good at enforcing the cone of silence….or none of these so-called journalists bothered to get a quote.
After all, if I was a journalist obsessed with defeating the CPC, I wouldn’t want to be sanctioned by my peers for supposedly playing into Harper’s hands either.
Ah, but this clearly just another manifestation of Harper’s diabolical tactics. Muhahahahaha!
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