Nothing has changed since this article was first published May 15, 2012
|Biill Good & Premier’s Director of Outreach|
It was an interview so tortured that I suspect Bill Good’s briefing notes had fallen irretrievably from the desk just as his guest was introduced. This morning, the Corus Radio star failed to shine light on the glacial pace of re-implementing PST as decreed by referendum voters in July 2011.
First, there were confused attempts to find an appropriate metaphor. We’re going from a WWII bomber to a 21st century jet with a pre-television, island tax in a world where we’re all interconnected…
Bill demonstrated the trouble he has with this issue,
“For months, I’ve been getting questions about why is it taking so long, how is it so complicated. And, frankly, I’ve felt ill equipped to answer.”
Well, Bill Good, you are not supposed to answer. Answering for Liberal policy is for Liberal politicians. It is not the role of a news reporter or commentator.
You are supposed to give politicians a forum to discuss and explain public policy while you hold their feet to the fire, asking questions about issues they want to skate around. You should be an informed and non-partisan interrogator, a seeker of information about all sides of a story. You should not be an advocate trying to advance the causes or policies that fit your world view or the people for whom you hold sympathy.
If you don’t understand that, your program is like a WWII bomber that is sure to crash, perhaps on an island in an interconnected world.