The main difference between a radio host like me and folks like Robyn Bresnahan at CBC Ottawa is that I make my politics known while Bresnahan pretends to be neutral while pushing Liberal talking points.
Her interview with Doug Ford on Tuesday morning was nothing less than a hit job using Liberal Party of Ontario talking points and an agressive and angry tone she doesn’t take while interviewing Kathleen Wynne.
The first “expert” she cited was Mike Moffatt, an economist and former advisor to the Trudeau government, who is currently Director of Policy and Reasearch at Canada 2020.
Canada 2020 describes itself as a “progressive think tank” but it is of course more than that.
This organization was founded by Tom Pitfield, a friend of Justin Trudeau since childhood, and the husband of Liberal Party President Anna Gainey. Other co-founders include Tim Barber and Susan Smith. More on Smith in a moment.
Bresnahan claimed that Moffatt had, “calculated that a PC government would have to cut about 40,000 public service jobs.” She then asked Ford about cutting public service jobs.
It’s bad enough that her first expert is someone whose current work is so closely tied to the Liberal Party but Bresnahan did worse than that, she mischaracterized Moffatt’s work, something that James Wallace already detailed in the Toronto Sun.
The next “expert” that Bresnahan quotes, although not by name, is Susan Smith of Blue Sky Strategy. Smith, one of the co-founders of Canada 2020 is also a regular panelist on CBC radio and television to defend all things Liberal. And remarkably, this is the expert Bresnahan quotes when she says Smith called Ford, “a bumper sticker.”
Hmmmmm…..where could Smith and Bresnahan have gotten those ideas?
Well in addition to being Liberal Party of Ontario talking points, that very sentiment was also the subject of a Toronto Star editorial. Who could believe it! CBC, the Star, the Liberal Party of Ontario and Liberal strategists and researchers all working together to attack Doug Ford and the PCs on our public, taxpayer funded airwaves!
It’s like they all sing from the same leftist hymn book.
Of course they actually do, not that Bresnahan will ever admit that. CBC types love to proclaim their neutrality while being hostile to every conservative idea or politician and friendly with ever leftist.
Bresnahan attacked Ford for saying that he would not raise the minimum wage from $14 to $15 and would instead take the lowest income people off the tax rolls so that they could have more money in their pockets without harming business owners. Faced with that, Bresnahan feigned, I hope, mathematical ignorance.
She pushed him on climate change, she pushed him on job cuts, she pushed him on every single Liberal issue and then finished the interview asking why he hadn’t sued the Globe and Mail for claiming he sold hash. Any time that Doug Ford tried to make one of his points, she cut him off.
This is an interview I would never conduct. I would never be so rude to Kathleen Wynne.
Neither would Bresnahan. She did a year end interview with the woman that oversaw the college strike, oversaw the decline of our education system to the point where half of students in grade six can’t meet the provincial standard and increased hallway healthcare in Ontario. That is just a start for what Kathleen Wynne has done to Ontario and Bresnahan’s interview with Wynne was a, “What do you say to….” kind of interview with no tough questions.
There was no animosity, there was no push back on her pat leftist answers, no research to throw in her face.
It was a puff piece.
I’d like to say that I expect better from CBC but I don’t. I gave up on them long ago and just this last week they showcased how far they will go to push their own leftist agenda.
If Bresnahan and the rest at CBC were willing to admit that they were pushing left wing politics, that they were the flip side of me, then I would not be complaining about them.
The real problem here is that Bresnahan and the folks at our state broadcaster like to claim that they are neutral observers while putting their hands firmly on the left side of the scale.
While I’m loathe to push CBC material, this interview with Ford has to be listened to for you to know how bad it is.