In October, Sun pundit Vaughn Palmer wrote that if Carole James were to resign as leader, the NDP would become involved in “a bitter, divisive contest” leading to selection of a leader “who might very well be no more acceptable to voters (and perhaps less so) than the likable, experienced James.”
At that point, Palmer was claiming James as the safe, decent, perhaps only, choice for NDP leader because there was “no appealing candidate” to replace her, particularly one acceptable to the party’s lefties who lamented “the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.”
I suppose Palmer and his colleagues still see no worthy candidate to lead the NDP. That would explain why they are all but ignoring the leadership race and its surrounding issues. One would think a bitter, divisive contest would attract the attention of he who claims to be the “eyes and ears of British Columbians.”
With less than three weeks before voting and the all-candidates debates completed on subjects of Education, Justice, Poverty and Families, coverage in the mainstream media is almost absent. After Thursday’s debate in Nelson, the Vancouver Sun published a short piece, barely 400 words, accompanied by an old file photo of a single candidate. The report was from, not one of the Sun’s political reporters, but a local freelancer who writes for the Slocan Valley Current, an online magazine blog.
That coverage was a step up for the Vancouver Sun. Jonathan Fowlie had written an anticipatory article before the debates but BC’s largest newspaper has committed almost no resources to covering the NDP leadership.
Perhaps, they have simply been too busy shilling for the woman who couldn’t get elected Mayor of Vancouver when she last faced voters. Now that she has the backing of Kinsella, Morgan and the think-tank cabals, the Sun treats their media star to near endless coverage.
For example, a Google News search matching the term “Vancouver Sun” with “Clark” yielded 164 hits from the past month. By comparison, changing “Clark” to the name “Horgan” produced 3 hits, “Dix” and “Farnworth” each produced two hits. Not very scientific but quite revealing of what the Vancouver Sun is covering.