Harpergate, the rickety contraption hastily assembled by a team of the media’s worst handymen, has come off its hinges.Great column, Peter!
... What this “affair” has exposed more than anything is a pandemic of Harper Derangement Syndrome, combining lack of proportion with an almost psychopathic desire on the part of the media to “get” a Prime Minister who won’t pander to their self-importance.
... These twin aspects came excruciatingly together on the CBC’s The National on Wednesday night. The programme pulled out all the stops in attempting to compare Mr. Harper unfavourably with President Obama.
... More egregious than this pile of flapdoodle – which muddles accountability with media accessibility ... the most stunning part of the CBC report, which was what it left out about the performance of a President who, far from being a model of accountability, has recently been compared to Richard Nixon. [Dennis Miller joked that the only difference between Obama and Nixon is that "when Obama gets around to saying 'I'm not a crook' they'll have to put it on his teleprompter."]
... The CBC entirely ignored the administration’s attempts to spin last year’s Islamic terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the Ambassador.
... even some of the most incisive political analysts, such as our own Andrew Coyne appear to have been carried away by HDS.
... the notion that this was ever an affair that might have justified Stephen Harper’s removal from power is about as unhinged as the CBC’s claim that “accountability changes at the border.”
Friday, May 24, 2013
A pandemic of Harper Derangement Syndrome