Monday, November 28, 2005

And they're off

By tomorrow we'll be into an election, timidly mind you, but an election. I watched the confidence vote tonight with two people who profess to generally dislike politics. Particular attention was paid to the caucus speeches that Martin and Harper gave. The feeling was the Martin made us uncomfortable with his attempts to seem youthful when trying to quiet his caucus. Delivery-wise his effectiveness is there, but limited--his emotion (and voice) only seems to have one volume. The report on Harper was similarly neutral. Hard to relate to but getting better on the anger thing--keep talking about hope, Steve, votes can't get enough of that.

I hope no one missed the shrewd tactic the CBC used to make sure no one saw anyone but Martin and Layton speak. Unlike CTV they were sure to get all but the die-hard flacks, hacks, and already decideds to switch the channel after Martin spoke by airing several minutes of Mansbridge and Boag (not this one) chit-chatting before going to a delayed Harper.

I was out of the room when Peter mentioned it so I'm not sure if I heard right but it sounds like the CBC intends to respect the sanctity of the season by not commissioning polls or reporting on them (unless they're newsmaking of course) until January. Well, here's a deal for you Peter, if you follow through on that I'll agree not to watch you guys (except hockey, of course) get off the public trough.


Blogger Jason Cherniak said...

Interesting. Are those two people prospective Liberal voters?

BTW, on Technorati it shows your name.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Rhetoric said...

They would never vote NDP. I'd say that it's possible they might vote Liberal but right now they are leaning slightly Tory.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Gunn Control said...

I know this topic has been done to death, but the CBC’s pro liberal bias is even more disconcerting given the expected number of close races in this election. The CBC is the Canadian version of FOX News, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they try every trick in the book to make Martin look better and Harper worse.

here is a link on CBC bias not the best one, but it was the first I found on a quick Google search

11:26 AM  
Blogger Rhetoric said...

I don't want to say that last night's performace was enough on its own to damn the CBC. Frankly, until quite recently I was willing to write off the "CBC is controlled by the Liberals" as one of the more nuttier conspiracy theories. I must say that I have come around on this though.

The biggest problem with the CBC is that it is too solidly in the grey area between public and private. At some point in the last twenty years someone at the CBC realised that they needed Liberal support to keep the funding going and there was a slight move to the left. (BTW, the bias is even more apparent on radio than tv.) This move which was very much cultural as well as editorial naturally attracted viewers and listeners of a similar political bent. The situation now is that even if the CBC cannot be both neutral and commercially viable. The right of centre audience doesn't trust it to be neutral and its core audience would leave if they thought a move was being made to the right.

12:22 PM  

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