Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Sun wins at unintended irony

Well, I've been pretty busy as of late (as you may have noticed by the decreasing word count of my posts) and haven't had time to inflict self-torture by reading the Winnipeg Sun. But I did notice something: the trash tabloid's headlines say "Fear wins" in reference to the NDP victory last night. While it's probably quite right that attack ads were a key factor in the Dipper victory, I can't help but notice the irony.

The Winnipeg Sun, for those of you who are sane enough to ignore it, has been publishing countless fear-mongering attack articles to hurt the Manitoba NDP. They've been trying to get people lose their minds over the provincial deficit and tried to infer that falling revenue due to a global demand slump somehow means that Selinger's been ruining us with reckless spending. Tom Brodbeck, in his usual hack MO, has tried to bring the worst excesses of US style Dumb on Crime politics to Winnipeg (and has succeeded in riling up at least one wannabe vigilante) when not crying wolf over the debt.

I guess being second rate or worse at fear-mongering is something the Winnipeg Sun just can't handle. If their attempts at scaring people don't work, what else are they to do? Journalism?!!

2 comments:

  1. Yes, the Sun should play along and treat the NDP with kid gloves and endorse them like every other major media source. A one-party state with a client media is the way to go. (sarcasm alert)

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  2. Media criticism of the NDP government was existent during the campaign, as the CBC covered some damaging stories about the Manitoba NDP's announcement of various campaign planks and offered a their "reality check" on the PCs may privatize hydro charge (which wasn't very favorable to the Dippers). The Winnipeg Free Press even had editorials bemoaning the fact that the deficit wasn't centre-stage in the campaign.

    I guess you and I have different ideas of the Fourth Estate carrying out it's proper critical yet informative role, as photoshopping images of $100 bills into the Premier's pockets doesn't fit my ideal notion of the Fourth Estate.

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