columnists hacks routinely bleat about those mean Harperites and their “attack ads” against boy-Justin. Which is really rich coming from the set that has entire newspaper chains and TV networks at their disposal to attack Conservatives on a daily basis, all at no expense to Liberals.
Stephen Maher, a “Robocall” hysteric, is one of those. Presumably to coincide with the release of Trudeau’s new autobiography, yesterday Maher enthused about a new book by Michael Harris smearing Stephen Harper “Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover“:
… Michael Harris writes about the Harper- Finkelstein link…
… Harper is inspired by Republicans, a leader hostile to Canada’s system of parliamentary democracy, and in Party of One Harris meticulously traces what he sees as Harper’s attack on that system.
… Harris connects the dots between Harper and Finkelstein, who is nicknamed the “merchant of venom” because of his skill with attack ads….
In other words Harris’ book is chock-a-block with paranoid anti-Harper venom. Of course neither Harris nor Maher would mention that Trudeau’s campaign is inspired (if not actively advised) by Barack Obama’s crew and that Obama has actually vowed to “fundamentally transform America“.
Maher does, however, bring up the Media Party’s recent phony outrage over alleged Conservative copyright abuse:
… Harper has been fighting to make Canada safe for attack ads. … Last week, leaked cabinet documents showed that he wants to change copyright law to allow political parties to use news footage in attack ads.
You’d expect that Maher, as a journalist, would know full well that under copyright fair dealing provisions political parties have long been allowed to use news footage in political ads. What Maher could also be reasonably expected to know, but fail to mention (naturally), is that the real scandal in this is that the heads of CBC, CTV, Global and CityTV “news” organizations had been secretly colluding (conspiring) to thwart those provisions by mutually agreeing (forming a cartel) not to run Conservative ads using their news clips.
This was all in a corrupt effort to protect Justin Trudeau from his own idiotic musings and, while they were at it, attempt to smear Harper. This is, apparently, their idea of objectivity and ethics in the news business. The up-side is that now those CBC, CTV, Global and CityTV “news” executives face criminal charges, big fines and even jail time for violating the Competition Act.
Conservatives use paid “attack” ads, as do all the other parties. Liberals use the Media Party’s attack newspapers and attack TV networks full time, at no expense to themselves.