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Monday, September 18, 2006

Rutherford to Shake up the Queensway

Ottawa gets first taste of Dave Rutherford on television, and I am not impressed:
CTV's Question Period: Media panel on gun control

Dave Rutherford
addition to the Ottawa scene seems to be the begining of the end of quasi-intelligent political coverage in this country. The balance that Rutherford seems to make is between Stockwell day style conservatives, and Stephen Harper type conservatives - not much of a balance at all. It is a disgrace he shares the surname of one of Alberta's great Liberal premiers.

This is a coup for the Harper government, to have a show [Mike Duffy Live] which influences the opinion makers of this country subverted by a die hard supporter from Alberta is disturbing.

A quote from Rutherford:
" I have biases like everyone else and I don't hide them. I think my listeners want to know where I come from on an issue. This doesn't mean I shut down debate, far from it; I love a chance to hear other opinions. I'm not going to agree with them all, but that's what this kind of radio is all about."

I just hope Mike Duffy recovers before Rutherford gets a toehold on the program.

9 Comments:

  • No kidding. When I saw that today I thought, well there goes even a semblance of balance. Frankly, the entire show, QP I mean, has long been lacking in an unbiased take.

    Not a show goes by without Jane Taber telling us how disorganised we are and today, she had Rutherford expanding her point, then they all had a good laugh.

    Then we have Craig Oliver, who as a moderator, never stops the CPC guest from speaking over the Lib.

    Oh, I know we all see these things through our own prism, but Rutherford is a mistake.

    Duff sometimes seem to fall into his own bias, but Rutherford will be blatant.

    I'm also really tired of the derogatory commentary being directed at the leadership race. You think there would be some discussion as to how difficult, the process is and how good it is to see fresh ideas.

    By Blogger knb, at 1:27 PM  

  • I guess Liberals can't take it like they dish it out.

    CBC - Keith Boag - Liberal biased.
    The Toronto Star - James Travers- Liberal biased.
    Jane Taber - CTV Question Period - Liberal biased.

    I could go on and on but why waste space.

    By Blogger Bud, at 4:34 PM  

  • Bud, it's one thing as I said to see the media through your own bias, I do and admit it. It's quite another to have a self confessed Conservative moderate a supposed balanced political show.

    By Blogger knb, at 4:57 PM  

  • Heh, you Libs have Don Newman and CBC...
    I bet Duffy's ratings with Rutherford on beat Newman's.
    And it's all about ratings for the networks.

    Rutherford is fair, can't be spun and Conservative, life is good.

    By Blogger wilson61, at 5:53 PM  

  • KNB . . . Sometimes moderators tell people where they stand (as Rutherford did) and sometimes they tell people where they stand by blantantly distorting the truth as the CBC reporter did to Harper about a month ago. I think I'd like to face the devil who tells you he's evil than the devil who show's you he's evil by his or her actions.

    By Blogger Bud, at 6:07 PM  

  • Bud, I won't disagree that there is some advantage to knowing where he's coming from, that said however, it's all in how the question is phrased.

    No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, we all know there is a way of phrasing a question that back's the responder into a corner. You can also phrase a question to someone with whom you agree, that sets up ideology as fact.

    If that happens, we lose the opportunity for real debate/discourse. I have no idea who, outside of wonks, watch these shows, but I'll reserve real judgement until I see how he operates on that show.

    If he pulls the above methods, then I hope his guest has the tenacity to call him on it.

    Truth is bud, I'd honestly like to see real debate in this country, not just rhetoric, from all sides.

    By Blogger knb, at 6:31 PM  

  • Yes, lord forbid a conservative have a position of influence in front of the camera in this country. Doesn't Rutherford know he's supposed to sit at the back of the bus and just shut the heck up?

    By Blogger The Cyber Menace, at 9:00 PM  

  • Well Congrats Ottawa. Calgary had the turkey far too long. COns will love him and truth will never find him.
    The best way to deal with the man is .... tune him out. He's cut from the same cloth as Ezra Levant and Bill O'Reilly.

    By Blogger fragmunt, at 1:32 PM  

  • Journalism should be following the truth and reporting on the journey.

    Editorial comment should be labeled as such.

    If people state their bias ahead of the game, that is better than the pretenders who claim neutrality yet wear their political colours on their sleeve.

    TIZ

    By Blogger The Infozone, at 7:00 PM  

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