One excellent BC journalist regularly presents political and economic analysis in The Tyee. Will McMartin Shoots Down Squawking Gaggle of Campbell Praisers is one more example. He bases analyses on fact, not friendship or philosophical bent. In this column, McMartin begins by demonstrating the pathetic arrogance of media pros who aspire to be opinion leaders in our community:
. . . while only nine per cent of British Columbians currently hold a positive view of Gordon Campbell, close to 100 per cent of the mainstream media remain deeply infatuated with our soon-to-be ex-premier?
McMartin echoes criticism written at In-Sights, particularly of newspaper editorials that are agenda driven and just plain silly. The Vancouver Sun opinion pages and Bill Good of CKNW are probably the worst practitioners of paeanism in this market, the former through ideology, the latter by loyalty to a pal.
Bush #43 left this particular pearl of wisdom, among many:
See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.
Of course, the thing repeated over and over and over again by government supporters in British Columbia is the assertion that Gordon Campbell “transformed the province’s finances.” What is unsaid though is that the transformation rewarded the wealthiest citizens and penalized the poorest. McMartin provides two examples of significant changes:
But the biggest revenue gains which offset the losses from Campbell’s tax cuts were in two areas well-known to low and middle-income British Columbians — Medical Services Plan premiums and post-secondary tuition.
In 2000/01, MSP premiums generated $894 million for the provincial treasury, but in the current year the comparable figure is expected to hit an eye-popping $1.741 billion.
And over the same period, tuition fees recovered from post-secondary students will have nearly tripled, from $440 million to $1.135 billion.