Not surprisingly, Laila Yuile has a good piece. She demonstrates an example of obedient political loyalty within the corporate press. A Times Colonist editor, who might be competent on matters of genealogy, failed miserably in writing an apologia for Premier Clark. Ms. Yuile dissects the defence and leaves it in tiny pieces.
Alex Tsakumis earlier provided an unvarnished version of Clark’s appearance on Radio Comox, Got MILF? Christy Clark Continually Degrades Women. The reach of Tsakumis’ blog is so large that BC Liberals knew they had to act.
First, they pressured the owners of Comox Jet FM to remove streaming audio of the Christy Clark interview. Vista Radio, a unit owned by the Thomsons, Canada’s richest family, took down the audio almost immediately, “out of respect.”
Secondly, Liberals asked loyal owners of the mainstream media for help. Dave Obee, Sam Grippo‘s man in Victoria, obliged. Of course, Grippo and his companies are big Liberal contributors, hundreds of thousands worth, in fact.
Surprisingly, Postmedia allowed ace Province reporter Cassidy Olivier to ask,
As a commentator fully rooted in the vast acreage of anti-BC Liberal sentiment, I paid attention to the l’affaire de Comox. However, I see it mostly as distraction from real issues.
While this blog is in its fourth year, I’m still surprised by what is revealed through detailed examination of the province’s financial reports. I was amazed that BC Hydro could commit more than $55 billion — with more to be revealed when they are next forced to do so — to future energy purchase agreements, yet draw next to no analytical comment from professional journalists.
I’m surprised that, without media comment, mining companies could expand their production immensely, enjoy substantial commodity price rises — in the hundreds of percent — and yet contribute less, little or nothing, in fact, to the putative owners of the resources, we the people. I’m shocked that Vaughn Palmer would defend the government’s refusal to recognize the liability of $702 million owed to gas producers for drilling credits. Yes, those are uncashed. unrecorded subsidies to the wealthy oil and gas industry, granted by the province that has been Canada’s leader in child poverty.
While the Premier’s illustration of her own true dullness in a Comox broadcast is fair game for commentators, it removes our attention from more important matters. Without doubt, Christy Clark was inserted into her position for convenience of people who actually manage the province. She had ambition to be popular but not to achieve or develop policies of substance. She was thought to be a perfect tool: attractive, glib, relatively thoughtless and fully complaisant.
The transparency of this appointment was so apparent that it failed. The fatuous Clark was not the right choice; she’s merely confirmed to be Gordon Campbell’s successor as licensor of the looters.
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