Postmedia columnist Mikael Smyth fits the CKNW political agenda quite seamlessly. This is part of his objective, non-partisan commentary, just before the 1:00 pm news break, November 29:
Carole James, as an NDP leader, can’t win. She just can’t win. Once you’ve got Gordon Campbell out of the way, once their favorite whipping boy is not there anymore, then she can’t do it. She can’t win. She’s already lost twice.
Now, can you imagine Christy Clark versus Carole James? Think about that TV debate. Who wins that debate? Who are the people going to back in an election? I think I give the new Liberal leader a pretty good chance to turn this thing around.
I think, absolutely, she is going to run. I mean, she’s been campaigning for a couple of weeks on the radio now. And, she absolutely will not be successful. I also think that CKNW should give it a rest now. I’ts all you hear. Christy this, Christy that. . . .and, I think you guys should really give it a rest.
I would not be surprised if there aren’t already some folks talking to the CRTC about this. You don’t give other candidates half the publicity you are giving her.
I disagree with you. She just announced a couple of days ago she was going to step aside and think about this so. . . I would say this is the first opportunity her own listeners have had a chance to weigh in about what they think about it, and we’ve got a full phone board. I disagree with you that people are sick of it, cause they’re not. Let’s go to another call.
Caller #2 (John):
I think your comments about her son are hillarious. Um, she got out of politics because of her kid; she’s going back into it because of her kid. It’s a joke. If she does run, she won’t win but she’s definitely got great team support. She’s got CKNW. I mean the Liberals have got CKNW. Where would their polls be without your radio station? . . . But good for you Mike. If she does run, maybe you’ll get her job.
Eh, eh, eh. Well, I’ll tell ya. This Liberal leadership race is gonna be covered by the radio station impartially. I can tell you that, as far as I’m concerned, in my approach to it, at least when I’m filling in for Christy this week.
Ah, Mike Smyth, what a kidder.