Over at the Toronto Star columnist Tim Harper tries to explain why the media is going after Conservative Senator Mike Duffy.
To Ottawa-based journalists, Duffy betrayed the tribe, insulting those of us who believe our job is to try to hold our elected representatives to account, not to turn on a dime once a patronage plum is dangled.
I’m not buying it.
First off if that is the only reason then why has the press pack here in the capital never gone after Liberal Senators like Jim Munson who worked in the gallery for years or Marie Charette-Poulin who worked as an executive with CBC?
Now I’ve known Senators Duffy and Munson for years, only met Charette-Poilin once or twice. Both men came out of CTV where they each had distinguished careers as journalists. Despite critics of the Senate complaining the chamber does nothing both Duffy and Munson are from the crop of appointees who take their roles seriously.
So why Duffy and not Munson?
Simple, when Munson joined the Senate, it was as a Liberal and after having already taken a plum job as Jean Chretien’s director of communications.
Duffy’s problem is that he joined the wrong team, if he was a Liberal instead of Conservative senator there wouldn’t be nearly as much attention.
The unwritten rule in Canadian media is that media types are allowed to have and express their personal politics through their stories if their politics lean left. Otherwise they wear a target on their backs.