Journalism

Holding pundits accountable

reemaOne of the brighter contributors on my Twitter feed is Reema Faris. She is a PHD student at SFU, a former West Vancouver school trustee and member of a family that has long given extraordinary support to the arts in Canada.

Reema’s social media contributions are invariably astute, logical and worthy of attention. With permission, here are threads she published in response to insubstantial punditry found in Postmedia’s Vancouver pages.

There are real political issues the mainstream pundits could explore because BC will soon be evaluating and perhaps altering long standing conventions of parliamentary government. However, when the aim is to promote the party of the minority, accurate and informational content is secondary.

Take, for example, Rob Shaw’s statement, “Even New Democrats admit that Clark could be a terrifyingly good Opposition leader.”

Did Shaw survey the thousands of NDP members to learn that consensus? Or, did he invent it because it seemed helpful to a politician who, in recent years, barely visited the legislature and had little time for studying complicated public policies?

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So that Rob Shaw wouldn’t feel slighted about being overlooked, Ms. Faris also critiqued his effort on Christy Clark eyes narrow road to redemption:

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  1. The pundit class in BC exists for only one reason, to perpetuate this corrupt, incompetent government so they can help friends, grifters and cronies to the public wealth.

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