A victory for talking points


One can only imagine the glee a politician, in this case Joe Oliver, feels when his own talking point is presented to him by a journalist in the form of a question.

What are your views on NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s carbon tax idea?

Here, again, are the reasons why this is farcical.


A victory for talking points

  1. 2012 is 1984.

    And this journalist should be fired immediately, how utterly pathetic and evil.

    • Thing is, if it’s a mistake he should be reprimanded and make efforts to do better in the future, but firing might be excessive. if it’s not a mistake, he’s probably protected by his employer (and may have demanded as such before agreeing to print misleading info).

      Politicians have of course been dishonest in the past, the Harper Conservatives may be the first to lie with such glee and with such studied disregard for any consequences.

    • Can we say, not an investigative reporter then?

  2. Hey Wells you got it wrong. You were supposed to direct those penetrating questions toward Oliver, not Mulcair. See, you could have had a scoop!

    “The carbon tax is the centrepiece of Thomas Mulcair’s economic plan.
    Carbon tax is a tax on everything, which means it is a tax on everyone….
    In essence it means fewer jobs, higher prices and fewer opportunities
    for Canadian families. It is an attack on almost one million jobs we
    want to create.”

    Must have missed the news release that BC went belly up.

  3. I spent months laughing to myself about Australia’s new government funded News Media Council which can now fine or even jail journalists. It seemed absolutely ridiculous, bordering on dangerous.
    But the more I see shills and hacks holding important positions in Canada’s very limited media field the less I find myself able to chuckle at Australia’s crazy foray into forcing responsible journalism on an overly concentrated industry.

  4. I wonder if the answer would have been different had the question been “What do you think of former Syncrude CEO Eric Newell’s carbon tax idea?”
    Throwing in Tom Mulcair’s name changed this from a policy-based question to political. Shame on this journalist.

  5. He must be bitterly disappointed not to have landed one of today’s Senate appointmtnts.