This is a lesson for all the mainstream media. It comes from NPR in the US. NPR tried to find a millionaire job creator to ask them if the GOP claims that a surtax on the wealthy would stop job creation. NPR called many Republican congressional staff and leadership offices of the GOP in the Senate and House. They were unable to get a single name!
NPR then went to business groups who are aggressively lobbying against the surtax. They did get a few millionaires to talk. Apparently the personal income tax surtax is not a factor in their decisions to invest.
Now wouldn't be wonderful if the rest of the media would take claims made by political parties and check them out.
Here in Canada, our Harper led government missed the fact we were headed to a recession in 2008. We will balance books chimed the Conservative talking points. Canada is on sound footing. Yet when they didn't do the job, the media in Canada never made the connection for their readers and viewers. Every country in the world was gearing up for a recession. Here in Harper bubble land all we heard from the government is that we will balance the books. They did not do that. They ran the biggest deficit in Canadian history.
Our finance minister and Stephen Harper's Conservatives promised to balance the books during this term in office in the last election. The Conservatives knew what shape we were financially, yet campaigned as if their 'lie' was possible. Less than four months of coming back, they admitted the budget won't be balanced until after the next election.
I understand that things can change. What is wrong here is the Media's failure in communicating the facts. They seem more interested in the back and forth between opponents. Now we have Harper, in a majority government going even further than the Liberals, ramrodding legislation through the House of Commons. No debate needed, they say.
The media must remember Stephen Harper and many of is buddies screaming when Chretien used closure or time limited debate on legislation. Why is that not a question and a reminder in every instance of Harper using closure or time limits? Its like Harper has a free ride. All opposition members claim the government is limiting debate, so Harper never gets asked.
Remember the Harper in opposition, talking about democracy? Remember when he went after the Liberal government on patronage? The media actually gave points to Jason Kenney when he stood in the house recently to respond to opposition questions on the issue. The Minister simply said the Liberals did it. If it was wrong when the Liberals were in power, why is it okay for the Conservatives when they are in government?
The media are too keen on access to the power in government. No tough questions here. No fact checking either. And don't get me going on the Canadian Wheat Board.