Archive for January 6th, 2013

Kevin Newman? Really?

- January 6th, 2013

This interview is unbelievable.

In the 4:33 that Kevin Newman spent with Danny Metatawabin on one of the most contentious issues in the country at the moment, CTV’s “Digital News Evangelist” and host of Question Period didn’t ask a single tough question.

Now look, I get asking tough questions while sitting face to face with someone is difficult but acting as a stenographer is soul crushing.

Metatawabin compared Chief Theresa Spence and her soup diet to the birth of Jesus Christ and Newman didn’t flinch. He didn’t follow-up either. Instead Newman asked Metatawabin what he thought of “reports” that Spence’s household income was in the six figures. He wasn’t asking about the income being in the six figures he was asking about the mean, bad reports that pointed this out.

Later in the interview Newman admitted to going to a benefit concert for Spence and asked where the money was going. Metatawabin nearly blurted out “hotels” which would have been a perfect opportunity for Newman to ask about Spence staying in hotels near Parliament Hill when most media reports make it look like she is staying in a teepee.

I have no problem with Kevin Newman running his show however he sees fit but he and CTV should admit to his champagne socialist leanings and his outright support for Spence and his opposition to the Harper government. If Newman is going to run an opinion show he owes it to his viewers to be upfront where he is coming from.

 

 

The Globe and Mail loves higher taxes

- January 6th, 2013

A friend sent a strange article to me from Saturday’s Globe.

Globe loves taxes

The paper then goes on to quote a bunch of people who say they want higher taxes so that the conclusion inevitably becomes we are all going to love higher taxes this year.  No, what the Globe has done here is interviewed a bunch of leftists who have always loved high taxes and claimed that the times they are a changin.

To be fair the piece does include some neutral comments from economist Don Drummond and a couple of comments in opposition to higher taxes from Finn Poschmann, VP of the C.D. Howe Institute which the Globe brands “a conservative think tank.”

It’s not that I completely disagree with the description of C.D. Howe, to the Globe I am sure that in calling for some form of fiscal responsibility that the institute seems incredibly conservative but how have they described the other groups advocating higher taxes.

A casual reader of the Globe would think all the other people just want higher taxes because that’s the right thing to do, not because they have “ideology.” That after all is for “conservative think tanks.”

From the socialist president of France to pro-tax leftist groups in the States and Britain, everyone else just wants higher taxes because it’s the groovy thing to do man, it is the zeitgeist.

I laugh when people claim the Globe is part of the conservative media, this is just reason #3568.

COLUMN: Levant – Chief Spence, master media manipulator

- January 6th, 2013

Chief Spence knew what she was doing when she pulled her dieting stunt in Ottawa rather than Attawapiskat

by Ezra Levant

Journalists are skeptical of politicians, unless those politicians are called Indian chiefs. Then reporters turn into stenographers, or even cheerleaders.

Take a politician named Theresa Spence. She’s been the toast of the Media Party for the past 26 days, the length of time she’s been on a hunger strike. Which is amazing, because even Gandhi never lasted more than 21 days on his hunger strikes. The IRA hunger strikers looked like skeletons by 26 days, and started dying weeks later. Not Spence — she’s still Rubenesque, walking around, doing interviews, all with her trademark double chin.

That’s not a comment on her attractiveness. It’s a comment on the Media Party’s love affair with the Idle No More protests. Reporters have simply stopped asking critical questions of politicians because they’re Indian.

Last year, when Toronto’s conservative mayor, Rob Ford, announced he was going on a diet, the media mocked him, demanded to know his weight every day, and the Toronto Star proudly uploaded a video, taken on a cellphone, catching Ford going into a KFC.

Spence has admitted she’s snacking, even detailing her menu (fish soup and moose soup) but that hasn’t stopped the Media Party from reporting her hunger strike as not only true, but putting the saint precariously close to death. The CBC actually quoted a medical doctor — who had never examined her — saying she was in grave danger. That’s not just journalistic malpractice, it’s questionable medical ethics, too.

Idle No More is just an Aboriginal reboot of Occupy Wall Street. It has the same vague demands, summarized as “give us more free stuff.” It has the same low-level criminality — Occupy illegally squatted in parks and was heavy into drug use and public sex, while Idle No More prefers blockades of railroads. And they have the same supporters and organizers: Canada’s left-wing labour unions. And, of course, the Media Party.

Spence is a master media manipulator; she knew better than to do her dieting stunt up in Attawapiskat, where it hit -33 C this week, and was accessible only by airplane. She flew to Ottawa and pitched a teepee for the benefit of the bored Parliamentary Press Gallery. She also stayed in a hotel, but that was never shown on camera — it contradicted the narrative of a chief willing to make every sacrifice for her people.

That’s what a hunger strike is: A public declaration that you are willing to commit suicide in slow motion to achieve a higher purpose. What was Spence’s purpose? She demanded a meeting — a week long — with the prime minister and governor general. And, to Stephen Harper’s discredit, he caved in on Friday and will meet with First Nations leaders, including Spence, on Jan. 11.

There are more than

600 Indian chiefs in Canada, the average reserve having about 1,000 people. Will everyone be able to command the PM’s appearance? Can others do that, too? But, again, for what? Why would Spence die for a meeting? What’s on her agenda?

It couldn’t possibly be for more money — her Attawapiskat Indian band has received $90 million from Harper so far, and has just 1,500 people there. It’s just 300 homes.

Do the math: The Attawapiskat band received $34 million in 2011. And the local diamond mine spent $51 million in town. That’s $85 million, for 300 families. That’s $280,000 per family. Tax free.

So how come so many in Attawapiskat live in leaky, cold shacks? Not the chief of course; she has a sturdy, well-heated house and drives an Escalade. Her boyfriend is the band manager — his contract is for $850 a day, plus expenses. Why does the band have $8.9 million in the stock market, in shares like Google and Pepsi and Exxon, but not enough money to fix some leaks? Why are there 21 politicans on the payroll of a tiny town? Why did Spence once bill the town $8,000 a month to manage the daycare?

Those are questions reporters might ask white politicians. But lucky for Spence, she’s Indian, so they don’t.

COLUMN: Robson – Canada should stay out of Mali

- January 6th, 2013

Mali wouldn’t want us there anyway

by John Robson

Timbuktu is a mess these days. But it’s far from obvious that Canada can or should fix it up.

The name may invoke exotic unreality. But it’s a real place, currently held by Islamist rebels in Mali — an enormous, landlocked stretch of African desert divided between jihadis and an unstable incompetent undemocratic regime. And while it’s wretched that Islamist fanatics are killing people and trashing world heritage sites you never heard of there, let’s do a little reconnaissance before shouldering our packs and trudging past Fort Zinderneuf (supposedly in Niger) to Bamako and beyond.

To begin with, Mali is the bit of West Africa looking vaguely like a raptor’s open mouth west of Niger, east of Mauritania and northwest of Burkina Faso. So yes, it’s a bit hard to get there. Read more…