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Monday, April 25, 2011 

CTV And Jane Taber's Anti-NDP Bias Caught On Film

(H/T to Queer Liberal - The following post appears on the Blog site of Queer Liberal)

"CTV's Jane Taber's horrified eyes at the thought of an 'NDP-led coalition' government...
I'm through with CTV's Question Period, the hour-long political gab fest held each Sunday. The show's bothered me for years with its barely contained conservative biases (symptomatic, of course, of CTV's biases.) There have been moments of fairness and objectivity, but overall the show has always profiled the state of Canadian politics through the narrow prism of the centre-right. Rarely have serious investigations into things like health care delivery, poverty, climate change or social justice found their way onto 'Question Period's line-up. Instead, the show has almost exclusively focused on the bogus games, scandals and inside baseball antics of Ottawa that have turned off so many Canadians from politics in recent years (which plays into Stephen Harper's playbook quite nicely, as we know.)

During yesterday's panel discussion between co-hosts Jane Taber, Craig Oliver and journalists Joel-Denis Bellavance and Mercedes Stephenson, there was a key moment in which Taber's anti-left biases shown through her journalistic facade.

Taber and Oliver have been talking up the possibility of a NDP-Liberal coalition as a possible outcome of this election for weeks, sometimes using tongue-in-cheek tones (and despite Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff's ruling out such an arrangement.) But in yesterday's show, Oliver brought up the possibility again, this time musing it could be led by the NDP if they come in second in the vote count. Taber's reaction was priceless and undeniable:

It could be going even to the extent if this momentum continues...we could even be seeing an NDP-led...

Coalition? Ugh!!!

(Her eyes dart open in a look of horror)

Agreement with the Liberals, yeah.

Click here and then fast forward to around the 03:00 minute mark, you'll find it.

Taber also mentioned in yesterday's broadcast that she had voted in the advanced polls this weekend. That sent a shiver down my spine as I could imagine her putting her X next to the Conservative party candidate, then running off to host her weekly political show.

With days to go in the 2008 campaign, CTV showed its biases when they betrayed their word and broadcast the false starts of former Liberal leader Stephane Dion during an interview about what he'd do as Prime Minister yesterday to fix the economy tomorrow, or something like that. Shortly thereafter, CTV host and now Conservative Senator Mike Duffy went on air questioning Dion's basic comprehension and competence.

I've been worried CTV would also go to bat for the Conservative Party in this election. Oliver raising the spectre of an NDP-led coalition could just be the kind of trick the Conservatives are hoping for from their beloved network. If enough Ontario voters get scared by such a prospect (kind of like how Taber reacted to the notion), perhaps CTV figures it'll help swing more voters behind the Conservative Party and hand that party its majority.

All of this makes we wonder how successful Sun TV will really be. Sun TV puts it pro-Conservative bias up front. But why would Conservatives need to watch the amateur coverage on Sun TV when they already have a very powerful and clearly Conservative broadcaster in CTV?

If you're watching CTV this final week of the campaign, be very aware of the pro-Conservative biases you will no doubt be witnessing."

Queer Liberal

Never mind that the majority of the country votes for the Left. The idea of a coalition government is an odious one because Stephen Harper said so. And thank you Buckdog for calling out the political media hacks out there. I expect bias but I expect "stated bias". If Jane Taber is going to be a Conservatives supporter, then have that title appear under her name so the people know exactly what they're getting. I'd love a counter-balance to that but I'm sure that's asking too much from CTV.

What I object to is this repeating of 'the NDL surge' - surge my ass.

It is the result of years of work by Layton and many others, and of the failure of the perceived alternative (Liberals) in offering an alternative.

Jack is not going to change, and even if (say) Rae takes over the LPC there are so many entrenched personalities that he would be destined for failure.

I remember just before the official election started CTV's Question Period had a poll on which party viewers would suppport. It was about 67% for the Conservatives. While not scientific, I do think that Question Period has a more Conservative audience. Jane Taber is just pleasing her audience.

Do file a complaint with the Broadcast Standards Council. All television stations are required to maintain a log tape for 60 days after airing.

EKOS : NDP - 100 seats

Cons - 33.7,
NDP - 28,
Libs - 23.7,
Greens - 7.2,
Bloc - 6.2

AND .. Alison, check THIS out!

Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't congratulate you on the awesome pic of Jane Taber. It has strong meme potential.

Taber - biased? I totally agree, but I had always pegged her with a pro-Liberal bias. Certainly in her G&M columns she has been a Liberal booster. Plus, considering the G&M's Liberal endorsement, it only seemed appropriate that they would send a columinist (as opposed to a reporter) with Liberal bias to follow Ignatieff's campaign.

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