February Huffington Post Robocall article by Jim Harris demonstrates the kind of slanted hyperbolic journalism one would only expect to see in the U.S.
I once heard a line in a episode of Family Guy that went if “I haven’t seen it then it is new to me.”
It’s a great line that has always brought a smile to my face . . . perhaps I am too easily amused?!
However, the February 27th, 2012 Huffington Post article “Harper Conquers Canada, One Robocall at a Time” by Jim Harris is no laughing matter.
Harris’ poorly researched rhetoric represents the kind of slanted hyperbolic political tripe that I have come to expect from certain journalists in the U.S.
Rather than address the more disturbing fact that only 14.7 million of the more than 33 million Canadian’s cast their vote in the last election, Harris instead chose to focus on the Robocall scandal as if it were the deciding factor in the election.
Of course he fails to provide any definitive numbers relative to how many voters were actually misdirected and therefore dissuaded from casting their vote. I guess such “trivial” details would potentially diffuse the shock factor he was going for by pointing to the close margin Conservative victories that would have – at least in his warped mind, swung the other way.
Now I am not by any means suggesting that the Robocall issue is acceptable on any level. Just as I would not advocate support for any wrongdoings on the part of governments past – this includes both Conservatives and Liberals. However, I am getting sick and tired of the mudslinging that detracts from the real issues we face in this country.
For example, what about the erosion of our health care system? Or the apparent double standard in our education system in which those of the Muslim faith are allowed to pray in school during school hours, while students who wear Christian themed t-shirts or wish people a Merry Christmas are sent home?
Then as previously mentioned, there is the issue of poor voter turnout that saw less than 50 percent of Canadians participate in the last election. Rather than using Harris’ convoluted Robocall math, it would be far more reasonable to suggest that a different outcome might have been achieved had the respective parties’ platforms compelled more people to cast their vote.
In the end, I guess it is much easier to use incendiary sound bites to inflame partisan sensibilities than it is to deal with the challenges our country faces in an increasing complex and globalized world.
Thank you Mr. Harris for playing to our Family Guy mentality.