Chalk up another example of the supposed “Liberal” media in this country and its hidden bias in favour of… you guessed it, Stephen Harper. The Globe & Mail has released its 1-year review of the government which they endorsed last spring, and, wonder of wonders, they’ve endorsed them again. Last spring, you may recall, they endorsed Harper because they said they liked kowtowing to a “bull-headed” leader. This year, alone among the responsible major newspaper outlets (the Sun chain is not responsible journalism), they impsoed virtual self-censorship on the robocall file.
With this endorsement, though, it’s worth beginning to ask exactly what the Globe is getting out of the Harper government in exchange for their support. The professional media is a constituency like any other; if you want something from them, you have to give them something. So what is the Globe getting?
Whatever it is, it’s enough to overturn their arguably limited ability for critical thinking. This editorial says that Harper had “a good first year” and that “Stephen Harper got it right.” The basis for this assessment could have come straight out of a Conservative press release: moving the Old Age Security age limit up 2 years will be enough to solve the demographic crisis, and the finance minister is “well on his way” to eliminating the federal deficit (a deficit he created, it’s worth mentioning).
And the other side of the balance sheet? Harper hasn’t done really anything on healthcare, says the Globe — and somehow that’s a plus for them. He has shown appalling lack of leadership on environmental policy. His crime law is “foolish.”
It’s worth asking, if this was a “good year” for Canadians, what a “bad year” would have looked like.
Even by the standards of the Globe‘s editorial last year, this endorsement doesn’t seem worthwhile. Last year, they said that a new Conservative government would restore the power of Parliament. Instead, Parliament’s powers have been further eroded. They said the equalization program needed to be overhauled. It hasn’t been. They praised him for getting the HST introduced into B.C.; oops, it’s now being pulled out of B.C. They said the Conservatives were about to create a national securities regulator, but that plan is now permanently shelved.
They called for private delivery of healthcare. That, thankfully, hasn’t arisen.
Harper still has three years left to live up to the expectations set for him by the Globe & Mail, most of which, it’s worth mentioning, can’t be found anywhere in the Conservative 2011 campaign platform, and instead were simply conjured out of thin air by an editorial board so convinced of the essential rightness of a Conservative government that they have willingly set aside every basic principle of the journalistic profession. And in three years’ time, when he has continued to fail to do so, the Globe & Mail will again endorse him for Prime Minister.
Because that’s the way the left-wing media works, you see.Tweet