Saturday, May 21, 2016
The Trudeau Haters and the Con Media
Sometimes when I hear the Harper Party, the Mulcair Party, and all the other Trudeau haters going after Justin Trudeau with blood in their eyes, and foam in their mouths.
I can't decide whether I'm living in the New Canada, the liberated Harperland.
Or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
And now to make matters even worse, here comes our own Marie Antoinette, the Queen of the Plagiarists, Margaret Wente herself.
Who after a brief absence, caused by her latest episode of serial plagiarism.
Has returned to her bully pulpit and is going after Justin Trudeau. Again.
Oh, fuddle duddle. There goes the brand.
And leadership is the question that lingers over Mr. Trudeau’s head. We know he’s charming. We know his heart is pure. We know he stands for All Good Things. But how does he behave when he’s frustrated and impatient? If his instinct is to throw a hissy fit, how will he react when he’s in a real jam?
Echoing that old Con slogan...
And wondering whether, unlike Stephen Harper, Justin is fatally flawed.
Justin has disarmed people with his sunny ways and one-armed pushups. No one ever expected him to strong-arm them. His petulant breach of protocol and manners comes as a nasty surprise, because we’ve never seen that side of him before. Is it an aberration? Or is it a real flaw in his temperament? If so, it’s not trivial. His discipline and his emotional intelligence failed him in a very public place. And it was a very easy test.
Which strangely enough is what I've always wondered about Wente. Does she borrow the work of others because she's just distracted, or bone lazy? Or is it a fatal flaw or a recurring compulsion?
Or is she losing HER mind?
Last time, if you recall, Wente was allowed to write a column in her own defence, attacking her critic by name, denying she was a "serial plagiarist" and saying she's often a target for abuse because of the kind of conservative world-view she articulates.
And is that ghastly Con really the right person to judge the character of others?
And of course others have even more serious questions. Like why hasn't the Globe fired her for her repeated acts of plagiarism?
It's inconceivable to me, as a former newsroom manager, that Wente seems to have received no warning when she got her slap on the wrist four years ago. You know, something like "Peggy, if this happens again, you're gone."
If she were anyone else, she wouldn't have even been given a second chance. Plagiarism -- an act of fraud, stealing someone else's work and claiming it's your own -- is considered a capital offence in both academia and journalism.
But sadly the answer is too easy. For the Globe managers credibility isn't the real challenge.
This is turning into a management fiasco that has the potential to damage the paper's brand. How much trust can we put in the Globe to cover the news when its top editors have failed to put two and two together enough to thoroughly investigate evidence that its most prominent columnist may be a habitual thief?
For them and others in our Con media the real challenge is how to bring down Justin Trudeau by whatever means necessary.
And in that regard Margaret Wente is a useful asset...
Oh boy. Can you believe it?
We thought we were living in the New Canada, the former Harperland that Justin Trudeau liberated.
But the Con media is still with us, still trying to take us back to those dark days,
And along with all those Trudeau haters, with blood in their eyes.
Still trying to turn our young Prime Minister into a monster...
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