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News of his election booted to page 30; now media asks, “Who is this Andrew Scheer guy?”

When the Conservatives elected Andrew Scheer as its new leader last weekend, the Vancouver Sun shoved the story onto page 13 — so insignificant they thought — or wanted you to think — that it was. They certainly weren’t interested in you learning the big news, or who Andrew Scheer was, to say the least.

Vancouver’s The Province (same owner — Postmedia) did worse: they shoved it back the furthest they could — to page 30 — which is just before the obituaries and sports. (See our article here).

Today they — perhaps with a sense of victory — “report”: “Who is this Andrew Scheer anyway?” — and further report that almost a third of Canadians don’t know.

Are the media malicious? Or merely obtuse?

Hanlon’s Razor suggests “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” But it’s not a rule we’re forced to abide by. Sometimes the liberal-leftist news media is malicious, and sometimes it is both malicious and stupid.

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Socialist NDP HATES those state-owned monopolies – which they created

British Columbia has a state-owned and state-run car insurance monopoly, which is of course completely unnecessary, purely ideological, and universally hated  – by all sensible people except its creators, the socialist NDP (circa 1973). Or… maybe by them too?

The reason it is hated starts largely with the fact that it utterly sucks, to use the proper economics terminology.

Sun_re_ICBC-2015-11-10_0758Today it was announced that “the corporation” (yeah, “the corporation”) was going to stop allowing monthly payments for insurance premiums to be paid by credit card (because you know, what business accepts credit cards these days?!). And yes, “corporation” is what a sycophantic liberal media like the Vancouver Sun calls a state-owned, state-run politbureau when they want to whitewash the socialism; and yes they also call Apple a corporation as if it is exactly the same kind of thing.

Anyway that announcement prompted Adrian Dix, the leader of the opposition socialist NDP, to say this, and we kid you not, this is an exact quote:

The change will be a major inconvenience to some customers, and is the kind of thing ICBC can get away with only because the Crown agency has a monopoly on basic insurance and drivers can’t take their business elsewhere, said NDP critic Adrian Dix.

“What they are doing is making things harder for their customers and clearly, given what they say the fees are, a lot of their customers were using this method of payment,” Dix said.

Of course the “they” that Dix refers to is his own party’s state-owned, state-run monopoly behemoth, which he calls a “Crown agency”perhaps because “state-owned and state-run” sounds too North Korean; and it is one which, according to himself, “makes things harder for customers.”

But if you’re waiting for the part where the Vancouver Sun reporter, Rob Shaw, laughed out loud and demanded in Karl_Marx_thought-bubble-no-competition!disbelief that the socialist leader revisit what the frick he just said about it being a government operation and there being no competition in the marketplace, you’ll be waiting a long time. No such questions were asked by the reporter. No remark about it whatsoever. Apparently it was all good. Perfectly acceptable.

Unbelievable. It should have been the feature part of the article. There should be a 2-page investigative analysis about the BS that is the NDP (and their own shoddy reporting, but yeah…).  This kind of reporting, this kind of intellectual dishonesty, and lying, and lying by omission, is why low-information Sun_re_ICBC-2015-11-10_075713voters vote for the NDP or Liberals, so why would the Left ever start to do things any differently?

While we’re on this left-wing politician/media cabal-fest, note how the liberal-left’s media division, like the socialist NDP itself, absolutely forbid the use of the proper terminology, which is “state-owned” and/or “state-run,” to describe the left-wing monstrosity in question. Aside from “corporation” and “Crown agency,” they also whitewash it with crap like “the public auto insurer.”

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Caution: professional expert journalists writing things

Two examples come to mind. And then they are quickly ejected with vigor, to make room for smarter things from smarter people.

1. Media hackery
Here’s how you say “creates jobs” when you’re a liberal-media outlet with an ax to grind about oil pipelines and the shipping of oil, and don’t want to admit it creates jobs, and you’d rather cast a negative spin on it, even though it makes you look like a total hack.


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2. Media expert Ray Heard demonstrates his great journalism expertise

…that one is on a separate page. Because I pay myself per article.

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Example of typical liberal media “news” report: “It’s even more bad news!!”

In today’s news across Canada, we find that there are sensible Canadians responding to the left-wing progressive-advocating media’s advocacy  —  in the papers’ own comments sections! It’s what makes Wednesdays tolerable for me. Well that and Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller’s segment on Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor.

(My two examples of sanity will be separated into two blog entries, because I made a promise to myself to try to limit the word-count in my blog entries to something less than Biblical proportions. So here’s the other one.)

This is what makes the internet so pernicious to the Left. I can only imagine how annoying left-wing media must find this. I mean the Left, what with their mobs and their hysterically hypocritical betrayals of their supposed liberal-left “inclusiveness” and “tolerance” and their grand allusions to their “intelligence,” can and do shout down or physically block perfectly normal, good conservatives or “right-wingers” at events in confined communities, as they did Ann Coulter and Dick Cheney and others when they have visited Canada (and then not report any of it, at least not fairly).

But preventing sensible voices from presenting their good, common sense and not-at-all socialist values on the internet can be tricky for a supposedly fair and balanced and objective news organization. I mean stuff leaks out all over the place against their will, in places like blogs, and Twitter, and Facebook, and on TV like Sun News Network in Canada, Fox News Channel, and on Rush Limbaugh’s fantastic radio show (9 AM-noon PT). So they’re forced to allow open reader comments just to maintain their pretense of openness, and to keep up with the Joneses (or the Wall Street Journals), to increase business (damn that capitalism! Why can’t we all be like the state-owned CBC?!).

No fair! People wreck their whole narrative sometimes. Media-driven narratives are expensive, and Joe Blow being allowed to contradict them just willy-nilly can spell doom for them. We see this all over the liberal news media industrial complex (snarf!), wherein the jig is up, and the power of the liberal media over the electorate is failing. They have failed in doing their jobs, and so many of them are going out of business. Just to end any confusion: this is a good thing.

The "man-made global warming"-advocating photo of ubiquitous BS accompanies their "news report."

The “man-made global warming”-advocating photo of ubiquitous BS accompanies the Vancouver Sun’s “news report.” The picture’s caption reads, “Climate change has sparked fears about the survival of the polar bear, seen in Churchill, Man., in this file photo.”

So for my part in this destruction, here is a good example of narrative-busting. This is for those of you interested in helping regain control of the proper, fact-based narrative, and actually building our nation again instead of allowing it to sink deeper into the progressive morass.

First of all, let me set this up for folks in not-Vancouver: The Vancouver Sun’s coverage of the daily news, like most or all of the Canadian media’s, seems to start with the premise: “Let’s see what we can present today to advance political progressivism and socialism as a general matter.”

Then they carefully allow a tiny bit of space for just a couple of non-progressive voices and non-full-on socialists, to pretend they’re actually not progressives or full-on socialists, but really just fair-minded and ever so objective and balanced and so earnest and full of common sense. It’s sort of like they do on the Jon Stewart show, only it’s even less funny.

Oh hang on —  this article is in fact funnier than most Jon Stewart “news” items. Get a load of this tendentious, leading headline, which also serves as an indication that the Vancouver Sun thinks their readers are idiots:

Results signal more bad news for the planet

By William Marsden, Postmedia News August 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — The year 2012 signalled more bad news for the state of the Earth’s climate as global land and ocean temperatures continued to rise, accelerating the decline of Arctic summer sea ice, the melting of ice sheets and glaciers, and the raising of sea levels, according to a peer-reviewed scientific report…

…Karl said that over the past 50 years average global temperatures have been increasing consistently at a rate of about 1.5 C per decade…

Here’s a reader’s response:

So many errors in the first paragraph. Temperatures didn’t ‘continue’ to rise because they have indeed stagnated for 16-17 years. And don’t blame the El Nino in 1998 [which they did  —  see below.  — ed] because the IPCC’s models accounted for it, and still failed miserably. The decline of Arctic ice isn’t accelerating – it’s at its greatest extent since 2006, according to Denmark’s Center for Ocean and ICe ( Sea level has been increasing at the same pace since the end of the Little Ice Age centuries ago, paused for a few years recently, and upticked again in line with previous trend.

This one is especially laughable: “Karl said that over the past 50 years average global temperatures have been increasing consistently at a rate of about 1.5 C per decade.”

Really? A 7.5 degree C increase in five decades! Amazing. You should headline with this.

The Sun’s coverage of this issue is truly horrible.

Yes it is, sane Canadian. Yes it is. And you just cost them a zillion dollars in lost, failed, narrative-building. Drinks are on me.

On the Left’s “climate change” meme itself, I always love how progressive, left-wing media like the Vancouver Sun purposely misstate or confuse or obfuscate the facts to suit their worldview, and not just with regard to the stats or the science in general. For example, this “skeptics of climate change” line they always churn out, as used in this paragraph:

“Skeptics of climate change often point out that since a record high global temperature was reached in 1998, temperatures at first decreased, then did not rise as quickly over the next 15 years despite increased greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists note that in 1998 there was a fairly intensive warming from the natural El Nino cycle, followed by a natural La Nina cooling cycle.

For one thing, they present this contra position for the sole purpose of refuting it. But moreover, calling people who aren’t buying their crap “skeptics of climate change” is sort of like calling pro-life people “anti-choice,” or calling them “foes of women’s ‘reproductive health choices'” or “enemies of ‘reproductive rights’,” or accusing them of engaging in a “war on women.” And it’s like branding people who think traditional marriage was just fine the way it was, as “homophobes.” And as we know, if you don’t dig Barack Obama, it’s because you’re a “racist.”

See, there are “skeptics of climate change,” and that includes plenty of scientists, and then there are also skeptics of the larger left-wing meme, which if you remember correctly, the Left started out calling “man-made global warming.” And there are people  —  including thousands of scientists, who are simply “skeptical” that global warming is in fact “mad-made”  —  at least to any great extent. It’s a moving scale  — there exists no simple line of demarcation between “believers” and “non-believers.” (This is what elitist liberal-left “thinkers” used to call the smart-set’s far more advanced “nuanced thinking,” which, you see, conservatives could never grasp, on account of their being “idiots” and “Neanderthals,” which was their way of showing their great respect for “celebrating the differences” and their love of engaging in “a conversation.”)

We who are among that latter group of “skeptics” note that the climate change alarmists like the Vancouver Sun and its “reporters” on the subject, actually changed the terminology they started with, from “mad-made global warming,” to “climate change,” ever since it became obvious that the science behind their BS theory wasn’t behaving properly, and the “man-made global warming” “scientists” were actually advocating a scam; and when the curtain was pulled back, they were revealed in little-reported news to be scarcely more than socialist political scientists, like the multi-gazzillionaire jet-setting Al Gore and his li’l Canadian sidekick David Suzuki.

But enough of that tangent. The job has been done wrecking that idiotic narrative. I also want to edify you with this bit of sanity from another Joe Blow reader, from another source. This one is written-up in the Globe & Mail, which is no different really  —  they’re both progressive-advocating liberal media sources. At least this headline isn’t as insulting to its readers (although I’m quite sure if they sided with IKEA with regard to its offer to its unionized employees, like they side with the “man-made global warming” “scientists,” they’d have left out the “company says” part, thereby instructing us as to their version of “facts,” just as the Vancouver Sun tried to do):  “Rejected IKEA offer spoke to inefficiencies, company says”.

Sure, the “company says” that. But it’s also irrefutably true! So why include that, as if to imply it’s debatable?

For more on that one, read this other blog entry.


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Vancouver Sun, no, that’s not “ironic”

Good morning Canada!  And let me start by warning that this blog entry requires a picayune alert!  (I do this for the purpose of making Vancouver Sun editors and “journalists” click to look up the word picayune, and maybe while they’re there, ironically.)

Saying that actor Steve Carell is playing a new role in a new TV show set in a post office (since it’s “post” his show “The Office”, see, and since he once actually worked at an actual post office, see), is not “ironic”.  It’s coincidental, at best.  It’s really just a fun fact and wordplay.

Oh the name of the paper — The Vancouver Sun — is sort of ironic, given that the sun is not what one usually associates with Vancouver (except that today is gloriously sunny).  And the fact that it’s not very bright.  The paper, I mean.  The weather is very bright!

And speaking of “post”, it’s also ironic that a paper loaded up with editors, and which promotes the bejesus out of the newly renamed Postmedia Canspell Spelling Bee every year, as well as literacy as a general matter —doesn’t know the meaning of the word “ironic.”  But aside from that, it is what we are coming to expect graduating out of our fabulous government-owned and government run public schools which seems to spend more time advocating for “green” and “gay” and “social justice,” et alia, than teaching math and spelling and (actual) history and our Judeo-Christian heritage and capitalism and free-market economics, these days. 

And don’t even get me started again on “which begs the question”.
See here:
Barack Obama doesn’t know what “begs the question” means

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