BTC: Ball don’t lie


So consider the results of CBC’s unfortunately named X-Challenge. And this. And this. (And now this.)

Now, no doubt, there’s not nearly enough contained therein from which to draw any great and indisputable conclusion. Don’t even try.

But. Well. Hmm.

Put it this way. I guess, if you wanted to start to think about drawing some great and indisputable conclusions, you might start by thinking about the ways in which Stephane Dion and the Liberal plan have been generally portrayed by the people generally responsible for analyzing these things for the average person. And how Stephane Dion and the Liberal plan have been received by the average person when the filter of that analysis is not immediately present. And what the difference—if any—between those two might say about how politics is covered and interpreted in our society.


BTC: Ball don’t lie

  1. You can whisper that here, but don’t try it in the French media or anywhere owned by Canwest-Global, CTV-Globemedia, and now, it seems The Star. Which now I think of it, is almost all of Canadian media…

    Hmmm, damn liberal medi..uh, I mean damn ordinary liberal citizens!

    Blogobots assemble!

  2. Reminds me of when Mike Duffy interviewed Stephane Dion about the Liberals platform. Mike Duffy made the comment that the Liberal platform was “complicated”. Which no doubt it is. But isn’t all parties platforms complicated?

    At least I found out that Stephane Dion doesn’t eat much meat.

    Seems like the Professor had a good night.

  3. And it isn’t complicated! Which is obvious every time you get to hear more than 6 seconds of speech!

    I remain undecided, but it really bothers me that for the duration of the campaign so far, sound bites from Dion speech have almost never delivered the meat of his plan, which is not hard to do.

    Do editors and journalists find it somehow unfair or biased to excerpt the most informative parts of a political speech? Incompetence in media kills democracy.

  4. Maybe the media pile-on Dion has had to deal with is finally ending? I can’t say I was impressed with the debate format (nothing’s easy with 5 debaters going at it) but it was nice to see Dion talk about his policies without him having to deal with the usual media filters.

  5. It is a shame there isn’t more factual reporting in our media.

  6. I wouldn’t be too hard on the media. They’ve been pretty hard (okay, maybe not Bob Fife) on Harper too. These last few days will matter when the large undecided pool (yes, that includes Dippers & Greens) will start moving. The first two weeks is silly season.

  7. Anon: It’s not a question of being “hard” on candidates or not. It’s whether reporting is substantive or not.

    I’ve seen/heard/read plenty of stories that discussed the politics of selling Dion’s carbon tax plan, for example. But I’ve seen/heard/read very few stories that actually explained what the plan is. Worse, I’ve lost track of the number of stories I’ve seen/heard/read which discuss the carbon tax without mentioning the corresponding tax cuts. That’s lousy reporting.

    Puffin poop is a substance but it’s not substantive and way, way too much reporting is puffin poop.

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