CTV's Questionable Period and "professional" vs new-media

As a political junkie I am a regular Sunday viewer of CTV's Question Period. This is despite the fact that they have never bothered to cover technology issues such as net neutrality and Copyright, even though C-61 is one of the top 10 issues that candidates are hearing about from constituents (as reported by candidates as meeting and via the less editorialized CPAC coverage).

This morning I found a particular panel of alleged professional journalists to be particularly annoying. Including in their closing panel about the election was Mike Duffy of the CTV show Mike Duffy live. When discussing Ms. May he tried to suggest that she does not support a woman's right to choose, and started to compare her to Republican VP Candidate Sarah Palin.

There has been talk this election of how blogs are spreading unfounded rumours about people, and how this problem would be solved if we left the journalism to the professionals. I think Mike Duffy demonstrates that the so-called professionals are not all that professional. A moments searching on the Internet someone can find that not only does Ms. May support a woman's right to choose, but she has articulated many times that she shares the more mature view on this topic which is that it is not about the extremes of being either pro-abortion or anti-choice. (See GPC press release)

Mr. Duffy seems to want to turn the Canadian election into a US-style election where all-too-often fabricated social conservative issues become the focus of an election, rather than legitimate issues of the day.

The other thing that keeps bothering me is CTV journalist repeating the rhetoric from Steven Harper about all the other parties are splitting "the left". Mr. Harper kept claiming when Ms. May was excluded from the debate that the Greens don't split their vote, and some old-media journalists has kept repeating this claim. This claim seem to rely on the suggestion that Canadians have a short memory, don't pay attention to politics, or are not looking at sources beyond the so-called "professional" journalists.

The Bloc was formed by a group of Progressive Conservatives and Liberals crossing the floor. Once one gets past promotion of sovereignty at the federal level, their other policies are far closer to previous Quebec Progressive Conservatives than those of any other party.

The Green party grew their strength in recent years largely because of the experience brought to it by past Progressive Conservative organizers. While people unfamiliar with the party often think it is a one-issue party like the Bloc, it is a party with a full range of policies that are directed by a belief that environmental policy needs to be integrated with economic and social policy, not thought of as a separate issue. It is a party that is socially liberal and fiscally conservative, and their platform was largely mirrored by the Progressive Conservative in the 2000 election.

The Liberal party has also been the beneficiary of a number of people joining them from the PC party.

What I see is the Centre and Centre-right being split, driving the party who calls themselves the "Conservative" party far further to the right than any of the other parties. Nearly all the other parties have been beneficiaries of experience and policy brought to them from the previous Progressive Conservative party. This has left a lot of room on the left which is held by the NDP (and a few fringe parties who haven't been a major influence).

So while Harper and some of his allies in the old so-called "professional" media can continue to claim that the Greens, Liberals and the Bloc "split the left", those of us who quickly look up the histories and growth of these parties will know different. What happened is a split in what were previously Progressive Conservative voters now that this party was itself split. It seems to be that what the media really wants to say is that there is a split for those who have an ABC (Anyone But Conservative) mindset. The claim that this is 'the left' radically redefines what that term meant in Canada back when the two largest big-tent parties were the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives.

For the regular readers/participants on this site I am wanting to know how you feel about political commentary on this site. I'm hoping that partisans will all want to chime in and tell those of us involved with new media and technology law why we would support their party. I'm also hoping that by posting these that it will convince this community to get involved politically in whatever party you feel best matches your views. Only with people like us actively involved in the parties will the parties be modernized.

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I actually happened to see this (though I don't really watch CTV all that much) particular segment. It's not a surprise because CTV is notoriously biased towards whatever party is in power (not just Conservatives I found)

I remember when they reported on the agent provocateurs at the last SPP summit in Canada and the main newscaster (Sarah I believe her name was) chuckled when they noted that there were claims that the provocateurs were showed in the YouTube video as if it was just a silly idea. In actuality, they were police officers trying to start a riot and when they found out about it, they reported on it briefly and stopped reporting on it altogether in an effort to push the issue under the rug. CBC, the news outlet I prefer in the mainstream, kept reporting on it when new facts about it emerged (when the police admitted to it, etc. etc.)

When the Barenaked Ladies and Nettwerk defected from CRIA, they conducted an interview and the headline was, "Is it right to download?" when it really should have been something more along the lines of, "Barenaked Ladies Supports a Different Approach in Today's Digital Media Age"

Quite often, I see major news breaking online surrounding the copyright debates of Canada. I flick on CTV and all I get is, "A Baby Panda Was Born in a Zoo in China Today..." and other stories as if nothing much was happening at all all day.

Going back to your point though, it's hilarious the way the media tries to draw the lines for who stands where. Not too long ago, the Liberals painted Conservatives as merely Republicans. Then this whole May debates appeared and the Conservatives painted the Green Party as Liberals. Now CTV calls the Green Party Sarah Palin of the Republicans. So to sum it all up, the Conservative Party is really the Republican Party, the Green Party is really the Republican Party, the Liberal Party is the Democrats, the Green Party is really the Liberal Party. The NDP is really the Green Party. The NDP is really the Conservative Party. The Bloc is really the Conservative Party. You can't vote for the Bloc because they are not the Conservative party. The only ones left is the Bloc really being the Liberal party and the Conservative party really being the Liberal party and then we have a complete (and complicated) circle!

Anyway, I don't follow CTV a whole lot just for it's heavily filtered nature. I try and get my news as unfiltered as possible.