Peter MacKay, you remember David Orchard. . .
Some days I sit at my desk, drinking my coffee, pouring over the major Canadian dailies, worried that I may not get good Megalomedia fodder. Today was one of those days. . . then I got to the Post. Belindagate: Day II The Stronach coverage carried on today, given a boost by the appearance of slighted Tory Peter MacKay, turining sod on his dad's farm in Nova Scotia. The papers seem to be upset on MacKay's behalf, sympathetically describing his sleepless appearance and crestfallen voice. Not one reporter summoned the balls to ask: "So Peter, has the name David Orchard crossed your mind through all of this?" However, the Post really stepped it up a notch. On A6, along the top of the page where they usually run news briefs, the Post had two of their reporters give MacKay some advice on how to move on with his love and political lives now that Belinda has cut him loose. That's A6. In the "News" section. Two legitimate reporters giving relationship advice to an MP. I really, really hope I don't have to go into why this is mind-bogglingly stupid and amazingly inappropriate. Check it out and weep. For the record, the Toronto Sun did something very similar, running some advice to MacKay in their news section, but at least they had the decency to have their sex and relationship columnist write it. Oh, and the Sun is a tabloid! The Post isn't, or at least that's their claim. God Save the Queen from Martin's groping Sigh. Phronetic Man, you may want to skip this section, we've had this debate a few times and in the interest of preserving our friendship, I'd rather not have it again. I don't like the Queen. I don't like the fact that our Queen is chosen by divine right of birth from a depressingly shallow gene pool based in another country. This site, however, is not for my anti-monarchy ranting, it's for whimsical and scathing commentary on the media. So, instead I will focus on the Citizen's coverage of Gropegate - also known as Paul Martin offering a steadying hand to the Queen as they walked across a rain-soaked pathway. Why on earth does the Citizen see fit to dedicate six paragraphs, almost one third of the story, to the fact that Martin may or may not (apparently not, according to every source they cite) have violated royal protocol by touching Her Royal Highness? The fact that lowly commoners like the Prime Minsiter of Canada can't touch the Queen is ridiculous enough, but why must the Citizen try to create a controversy where there isn't one? Ipperwash. . . Oh yea, that thing I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome the National Post and Ottawa Citizen to the Ipperwash Inquiry. Nice of you to come. Yup, allegations that Mike Harris was a racist, Native-hating redneck come out and CanWest finally wakes up. Let's see how long they stick around. Oh wow, in searching the Toronto Star website for their Ipperwash coverage (I wanted to link to it but you have to register for their site), I noticed that they have a sidebar link to their corrections right off the main page. That's amazingly responsible. That paper impresses me more and more each day.