UPDATED—see below

It’s a story written by an apparently seething, sneering anti-Harper “reporter”.  It’s ostensibly about a supposedly hidden ploy by the hideous and evil (it’s nearly impossible to mistake the flavor as anything other than despicable) Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper to secretly take control of the media message in Canada.  Or so they would have you believe.
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As I see it, it’s really about the reporter, and just how furious at and hateful of Stephen Harper and the Conservatives she is.  And it’s written not for the information of Canadians generally, but rather for her own media self-aggrandizement and for the pleasure of her sisters in the media cabal.  I can almost detect the high-fives among them as they all read it this morning.

It’s some of the worst “journalism” I’ve seen in a week. 

Note the word “supplant” in the sub-headline.  The primary definition of that word is “To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics”.

(My bolding in the article)

PM plans own media centre

Secret $2M project to build new briefing centre would supplant nearby National Press Theatre

Oct 15, 2007 04:30 AM
Tonda MacCharles
Ottawa Bureau

OTTAWA–The Prime Minister’s Office, which has long had a rocky relationship with the national media, has been working on a secret project to build a new, government-controlled briefing room at the cost of $2 million, documents obtained by the Star show.

Long kept under wraps, the plan – codenamed the Shoe Store Project – is in the works by the Privy Council Office and the PMO to establish a new government-controlled media briefing centre near Langevin Block.

The yellow-brown building that now houses Stephen Harper and his senior staff would supplant the current National Press Theatre, just a block away.

The National Press Theatre, used by prime ministers and cabinet ministers since Lester B. Pearson opened it in 1965, is a venue with simultaneous translation where on-the-record news conferences are moderated by press gallery executive members – not Harper’s political staff.

Save for one surprise visit by Harper Oct. 3 (a visit that shocked even his senior staff) the National Press Theatre has been shunned by “Canada’s New Government.”

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Maybe we need a giant sneer-o-meter.  This one would be off the chart. The story includes a photo of the dreaded Harper complete with a scathing caption that reads:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured on Oct. 3 during his one and only visit to the National Press Gallery, which has been shunned by “Canada’s New Government.”

I actually think they’ve finally given up all pretense of being fair and balanced and objective—or even professional—over there at that horrible far-left Toronto Star.  If all you read was the Toronto Star, you’d find that you’d be getting dumber and dumber every day.  Exactly the same as if you only watched CBC or CTV news.

The Star sets about using loaded, tendentious words to report news—the likes of which even some editorialists would choose more carefully.  Words like “government-controlled” (how come I never see those words when they’re talking about what I call the state-run CBC? And note I’m an editorialist!), and reminding readers yet again in order to frame the story up just right, that the Harper government “has long had a rocky relationship with the national media”—implying that that’s why they’re planning this tawdry ploy.  Only the liberal-left media cares a fig about this “rocky relationship”—and those who do know or care about it applaud Harper and blame the media for its arrogance—but this petulant, incessant media obsession about their precious “relationship” with the Prime Minister, brought up time and time again by them as if it’s actually important to anybody but them, provides a pregnant glimpse into just how self-serving and self-important the self-anointed elites in Canada’s liberal-left mainstream media are. And it’s another reason why they’re so losing credibility.

Manifestly, what they’re so freaked out about here is the possibility that they—the horribly biased liberal-left media with the distorted view of themselves—might possibly lose some of their control over and manipulation of the political message.  They can’t let that happen because they fear facts and anything remotely like the balanced, full presentation of them, and demand like babies the self-created “right” to cram everything Conservatives say through their ever-so-objective and oh-so-apolitical filter. 

UPDATE

Unhinged, deranged (but oh so very tolerant, free-speech-supporting, and compassionate!) liberals in action:

After posting this, I received this confirmation email (below) from the company employed by the Toronto Star to “syndicate” or license their articles for commercial use.  Apparently some malicious fraudster—some as yet unknown, non-conservative, criminal, hater—took it upon him or herself to fraudulently represent me in a malicious attempt at defaming me and my character, by assuming my identity (this is identity theft in action, folks) and impersonating me, and requesting a license to use the article I critiqued above (for which I clearly need no license).  The reason given on the request:  “To insult the writers and staff of toronto star on my white power website”

Here is an image of the email I got from them, with some of my personal details (which the hater obviously has recorded for future frauds against me) obscured. 

 

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These are the people who vote for the liberal-left in this country. And apparently adore the Toronto Star.

UPDATE TWO – TUESDAY Oct 16

What’s with the wording at the beginning of that confirmation email?  Why is the representative assigned to deal with me named “Self”?  And why that strange phone number “(999) 999-9999”? 

Thank you for your request for help with Toronto Star content. Your request has been recorded and forwarded to Self. You should hear from Self soon, but feel welcome to make contact sooner:

Phone: (999) 999-9999

Any thoughts from about this?  .

UPDATE 3 – TUESDAY Oct 16

Today, shocka, we learn that the “government-controlled” media center was a no-go from the start.  The story was based on scant, year-old information. 

No plans to pursue government media centre: PMO (CTV article borrowing heavily from the source Toronto Star oh, oops, never mind story Tuesday).  The Star article is replete with scathing, personally insulting remarks dug up from the likes of that brilliant Liberal MP Mark Holland.

[My notes added in red, below]

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…Liberal MP Mark Holland (Ajax-Pickering), public works critic for his party.

Whether it is constructed or “whether or not they now have moved to a different way of doing the same thing, it shows, one, they have real contempt for objective media,” said Holland.

[Harper does?  Conservatives do?  Surely he jests.  And yet no, he is not jesting.  He’s actually serious—he thinks it’s the CONSERVATIVES who have “real contempt for objective media”!  Oh my. Reporter (our friend Tonda MacCharles) doesn’t call him on it.  She must agree!

“He is trying to control his message and control even the way that people can report on it in a way that we have to be deeply concerned by,” Holland said. “He is a control freak. He has demonstrated that at every turn.

[Nice!  A “control freak”!  Nice language from the honorable member—a sitting MP—about our Prime Minister.  Vote Liberal!]

 

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All this totally manufactured outrage, even though it’s a now proven non-story.  It’s not happening, but the reporter gets comments anyway.

There are other quotes from anti-Harper folks like the famed and ever-so important and rational Elizabeth May, “leader” of the huge and powerful and popular and germane to any discussion about anything Green Party of Canada, God Save The Queen.  Here’s what she said (please hold your laughter to the end):

“This reflects, I think, a deep-seated paranoia that’s worrying. This shows a kind of imperial paranoia that’s very worrying.”

As I understand it, it’s “worrying”.  It’s so worrying, it must be repeated twice.  She’s real damn worried!  About exactly NOTHING! 

After all this phony caterwauling from the liberals’ media and their Johnny-on-the-spot spokesmodels like Holland and May, please note that it is not THEM (the worried ones) who are paranoid, but rather it is Harper and the Conservatives, who are doing nothing (as reported above!), who are paranoid.  About the media.  For no reason. 

COINCIDENTALLY:  Here’s another article at the Toronto Star today:

Is gossip more trusted than truth?

Oct 16, 2007 04:30 AM
Michael Kahn
Reuters

LONDON–Gossip is more powerful than truth, a study showed yesterday, suggesting people believe what they hear through the grapevine even if they have evidence to the contrary.

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“We show that gossip has a strong influence … even when participants have access to the original information as well as gossip about the same information,” the researchers wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

It’s even their poll question today at the Star.  The liberals’ media know, very well, the power of gossip and innuendo.

 

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