Why is the Globe promoting the NDP?

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Why is the Globe promoting the NDP?

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kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Very old trick by our MSM.  When it really counts during an election they can point to their lack of bias and go merrily about an assassination campaign against Jack and the party.  BC CTV has done that bait and switch for decades and then during elections they claim they are unbiased news sources.

Tommy_Paine

Yeah, I suspect that if they percieved the NDP as a real threat to take power, they'd release the hounds.

 

Possibly in a litteral sense.

Bookish Agrarian

I would hardly call that fawning.  It is recognizing a young MP who is breaking out of the BS that surrounds Ottawa and this government.  It is barely even mentioned what party Leslie is from.  This is more of a piece that puts down all other MPs- expecially the macho posturing that often goes on, not a promotion of the NDP per se.

hsfreethinkers hsfreethinkers's picture

Have you noticed the Globe and Mail is fawning over the NDP lately? I'd like to think this is just sincere balanced reporting, but I smell a rat.

hsfreethinkers hsfreethinkers's picture

Bookish Agrarian wrote:

I would hardly call that fawning.  It is recognizing a young MP who is breaking out of the BS that surrounds Ottawa and this government.  It is barely even mentioned what party Leslie is from.  This is more of a piece that puts down all other MPs- expecially the macho posturing that often goes on, not a promotion of the NDP per se.

I removed the link in my original post to the latest example, as it doesn't add anything and will divert the thread from the main issue, namely is there an ulterior motive to the sudden increase in positive articles about the NDP? Does it have anything to do with Ignatieff's Liberals being low in the polls? Does the Globe want to see a Harper majority? Perhaps they are grooming the NDP to ease it toward the centre?

Tommy_Paine

 

Still, not the usual msm schtick.

I was thinking about this off and on for the last couple of weeks.    The usual perception of the NDP, federal or provincial where they have not had a majority is that they're "not ready", that they don't have experience and that they have candidates that aren't capable.

All of it, perhaps true.  

All of it, certainly, can also be said of the other parties, except at some point they get the "royal jelly" and the media decides to portait them as competent, and ready to govern.  

What, you were thinking Stockwell Day suddenly grew an extra 30 I.Q. points?

Bookish Agrarian

Removing the link to what was generally a polictical version of man bites dog story makes me wonder what ulterior motive you have.  Maybe someday the every utterance of the Green leader will again be back in the news and you can rest easy.

Given the vacuum that is the Liberal party on policy ideas and the need to fill column space it is hardly surprising the pundocrity might start looking in another direction.  This sort of stuff always ebbs and flows.   

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Bookish Agrarian wrote:

Removing the link to what was generally a polictical version of man bites dog story makes me wonder what ulterior motive you have.

None, it's a genuine question, but the link distracts from the issue - I almost didn't include it originally as I thought it might cause people to focus on the article itself. If you are a regular Globe reader, you will have noticed the trend anyway.

Bookish Agrarian wrote:

Maybe someday the every utterance of the Green leader will again be back in the news and you can rest easy.

Good grief. I won't lose a any sleep if the Greens stay where they are in the polls. I would be more than happy to see an NDP government, despite my quibbles with them.

hsfreethinkers hsfreethinkers's picture

Tommy_Paine wrote:

What, you were thinking Stockwell Day suddenly grew an extra 30 I.Q. points?

God probably gave him an extra 30 for being such a devoted follower. Perhaps he sacrificed a goat?

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There would need to be a series of  G&M links that indicated such a premise, other than that it is opinion by the thread starter and  may have no basis in fact, and could be just a political ploy in itself.

 

Until such a time as evidence is given, it is pretty much a thread about an opinion held, rather than substantive reality.

hsfreethinkers hsfreethinkers's picture

remind wrote:

There would need to be a series of  G&M links that indicated such a premise, other than that it is opinion by the thread starter and  may have no basis in fact, and could be just a political ploy in itself.

 

Until such a time as evidence is given, it is pretty much a thread about an opinion held, rather than substantive reality.

Nonsense. The question is for folks who read the political section of the Globe. They've either noticed this shift in coverage, or they haven't. A few links won't help anyone.

madmax

Put the link in as I have no idea what you are talking about.

However, MSM will take a person or party and build them up.  It makes it all the more fun when its wrecking ball time. 

Tommy_Paine

hsfreethinkers wrote:

Tommy_Paine wrote:

What, you were thinking Stockwell Day suddenly grew an extra 30 I.Q. points?

God probably gave him an extra 30 for being such a devoted follower. Perhaps he sacrificed a goat?

 

You must be confused.  Everyone keeps a goat around in their office.  One never knows when Senator Duffy might drop by, and it's polite to offer finger food.

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madmax wrote:
Put the link in as I have no idea what you are talking about.

However, MSM will take a person or party and build them up.  It makes it all the more fun when its wrecking ball time.

Not just the llink that was here, which was removed, but several more too....otherwise it is empty commentary about  hsfreethinkers personal opinion.

Fidel

Someone on Bay St must be late with a cheque in the mail, or something.

Debater

I don't think The Globe is fawning over the NDP but Lawrence Martin sometimes writes favourably of the NDP compared to most writers.

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remind wrote:

madmax wrote:
Put the link in as I have no idea what you are talking about.

However, MSM will take a person or party and build them up.  It makes it all the more fun when its wrecking ball time.

Not just the llink that was here, which was removed, but several more too....otherwise it is empty commentary about  hsfreethinkers personal opinion.

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well kropotkin one can only discuss  a thread started on personal opinion so far eh,

George Victor

Debater wrote:

I don't think The Globe is fawning over the NDP but Lawrence Martin sometimes writes favourably of the NDP compared to most writers.

Ever since the late Ken Thomson decided to build the Globe in the face of the National Post threat, more than a decade back, the Globe and Mail has not been a party in thrall to the new CPC - in fact they are constantly embarrassing them.  And of course, one very seldom reads anything about the NDP, since the Globe is not in our ideological camp.  Market readers and advertisers must be sure of that, in their morning newspaper. But, sometimes, the condition of the two old mainline parties just make trying to produce favourable comments about their work an impossible task. And of course, the columnists are breaking with defenders of the obscenity that is the Tar Patch and climate change often. They  are probably thinking of the kids.

hsfreethinkers hsfreethinkers's picture

George Victor wrote:

And of course, the columnists are breaking with defenders of the obscenity that is the Tar Patch and climate change often. They are probably thinking of the kids.

 

That, or something similar, was one of the possible explanations I had in mind (e.g. some enlightened individuals thinking we better get behind the NDP for our own good), but I'm too cynical to put much faith in that interpretation.

melovesproles

I think the somewhat NDP friendly shift with the Globe and Mail actually happened when they recruited Douglas Bell, I don't get the feeling he is especially partisan as he's usually critical of all the parties but he was the blogger who first started printing Topp's analysis through his own column and now that seems to have turned into a regular gig for Topp. 

Anyways, it's smart on the part of the Globe since a significant portion of their readers are sympathetic to the NDP.

Wilf Day

madmax wrote:

Put the link in as I have no idea what you are talking about.

Megan Leslie, I assume.

And several Globe writers mention New Democrats because those writers are good journalists. Unlike the Toronto Star, the Globe does not insist reporters follow the official spin or suffer re-write. 

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Wilf Day wrote:

madmax wrote:

Put the link in as I have no idea what you are talking about.

Megan Leslie, I assume.

That's the article I read today, but I'm not talking about that article in isolation. There's been quite a few lately (e.g. [URL=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/spector-vision/credit-the-ndp/artic... the NDP[/URL] )that were atypically favourable of the NDP. Anyway, don't get me wrong, I'm pleased to see the positive coverage, but I wonder what is motivating it.

ottawaobserver

My personal take: the Liberals haven't given them hardly anything to write about, while the NDP works so goddamn hard up on the Hill with less than half the resources.  They were doing the heavy lifting on Afghanistan detainees until the Liberals showed up; same with climate change, the HST, EI, pension reform, you name it.  They have done smart communications (in a situation where they have to try 10 times harder to get half the coverage), and it's paying off.

Plus you can't argue with the fact that the NDP has moved up somewhat in the polls and returned to their last election levels, while the Liberals have fallen into the toilet, and they came 3rd in all 4 by-elections.  Meanwhile Warren Kinsella, as you'll recall, was working overtime to try and foment rebellion and internal dissent with the NDP caucus, but people flatly refused to take the bait.  No drama, lots of work.

I think the media has been spun so much by the Liberals, with none of it coming to pass, that they've stopped getting their default pass (ok, half the time anyway).

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Maybe the Globe took Spector's article to heart? The last paragraph:

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So let’s give credit where credit is due. And, with the NDP riding high in the polls and even outscoring the Liberals in the Hochelaga by-election, isn’t it also time for the media to take the party more seriously and give them a bit more coverage?

George Victor

AND...why is the Globe pairing with the CBC to hunt down $billions in Canadian tax-evaded money (100 accounts) in Lichtenstein?