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Sun News web exclusive: Hot Air founder Ed Morrisey

- February 10th, 2012

Ed Morissey, founder of Hot Air, discusses political blogging and his experience covering Canadian news.

CTV’s hit job on PM Harper

- February 14th, 2011
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an announcement and answers questions, including about Egypt, in St. John's, Newfoundland on February 11, 2011.

Talk about a hit job.

You don’t have to agree with everything Prime Minister Stephen Harper says on Egypt, or any issue, but at least give the man his due.

Since the pressure for change in Egypt began mounting, Harper has been pretty clear and pretty consistent. His comments have generally laid out three main points; the future of Egypt is in the hands of the Egyptian people, Canada wants to see free and fair elections, Canada wants to see the rule of law respected and the rights of minorities protected.

If all of that happened Egypt would be miles ahead of where it is now so those talking points aren’t bad.

For some in the Parliamentary Press Gallery though Harper hasn’t gone far enough, they want him to cheer for the protesters and against Mubarek the deposed dictator. In August we should have kissed his ass and those of all the other dictators in the Middle East for a spot on the UN Security Council but things have changed.

Then Mubarek was good, now he is bad.

Now back to this week’s hit job on Harper.

On CTV’s Question Period on Sunday the dean of the Press Gallery Craig Oliver introduced a panel discussion on Egypt this way.

CRAIG OLIVER: Raw street power for 18 days. Despite police intervention,
assault from Mubarak thugs, the cut-off of internet and cell phone
service, and a non-violent army standing by, the peaceful protestors
would not back down. Twice Mubarak went on television promising reforms.
But you the surging crowd would not believe him and continued to demand
his resignation. The president finally fled the city on Friday. The army
announced it would lead a national council and move the country toward
democracy. US President Barack Obama eloquently praised the outcome.

BARACK OBAMA: The people of Egyptian have spoken, their
voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.

OLIVER: And here is what Prime Minister Stephen Harper had to say.

STEPHEN HARPER: I think the old expression is
they’re not going to put the toothpaste back in the tube on this one.

OLIVER: Joined by our foreign policy front benchers, in Calgary Deepak
Obhrai of the Conservative party, Bob Rae Liberal in Toronto, and Paul
Dewar of the NDP in the studio here with me. So, Mr. Rae, what about
that toothpaste analogy? It almost sounded like the prime minister was
hoping that it’s too bad you couldn’t put the toothpaste, I guess that’s
Mubarak, keep him in the tube?

Now there’s a loaded and leading question, asking if PM Harper does want to push Mubarak back into power. That’s not how it went down though.

Below is the transcript of the PM’s comments to reporters on Egypt this past Friday, hours before Mubarak stepped down. The toothpaste comments are there but look at what he said before and after.

RT. HON. STEPHEN HARPER: Well, first of all, you know, let me just be clear, as I’ve been clear every time I’ve answered this question, that the future of Egypt is for Egyptians to decide. What I think we all want to see and what I think is clear most of the people of Egypt want to see is a transition to a democratic Egypt. We want to see free and fair elections. We want to see the rule of law and stability. We want to see respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities, including the rights of religious minorities, and we want to see a government that will continue to respect peace treaties and seek peace in the Middle East. As I say, we are all seeing what’s happening. A transition is taking place in Egypt. That transition, in my judgement, there is no going back. I think the old expression, “They’re not going to put the toothpaste back in the tube on this one.” Our, you know, our strong recommendations to those in power would be to lead change: get in front of it, be a part of it, and make a bright future happen for the people of Egypt.

So despite calling for free and fair elections, respect for the rule of law and human rights and encouraging those in power in Egypt to “lead change: get in front of it, be a part of it, and make a bright future happen for the people of Egypt” CTV and Craig Oliver would have you believe Harper wants Mubarak back.

They’ve even posted an online story headlined “Harper’s ‘toothpaste’ remark shows Egypt stumble: MPs”

I hope no one relies on Question Period for their news.

This is why viewers are hungering for something different.

This is why Sun News is on the way.