Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:45 am Post subject: National Post spanks Delacourt and Weston
Among journalists, the Toronto Star's Susan Delacourt has worked the hardest to distance herself from the people who can
tell a wrench from a ratchet: in a June 19 column she called NASCAR "the stuff of young boys' wish lists" along with hockey and the military, bewailing the "heavily male symbolism" of the car sponsorship and churning it together with a passel of underreported, feeble nonsense about "attributes of political culture that ? turn women off the whole business of politics." Actually, the article wasn't nearly so offensive about NASCAR as it was about the Canadian Armed Forces, which it placed on a par with auto racing and hockey as if it were some sort of locus for arbitrary rooting interest. Perhaps she thinks the only real difference between the Taliban's soldiers and ours, like the difference between the Leafs and the Habs, is the colour of the laundry.
More focused, but scarcely any more logical, was Sun Media's ordinarily admirable Greg Weston. On Thursday, he complained that "If the NASCAR deal were being paid entirely by donors to the Conservative party, it would not be an issue ?[but] thanks to the genius of Jean Chretien's banning of corporate and union donations, Canadian taxpayers now fund the federal parties to the tune of roughly $28-million this year."
Yes, and the whole point of that funding is for parties to buy what they consider to be the most effective available political advertising. It's replacing much larger amounts they are forbidden to collect and spend in the private sector. Mr. Weston's quarrel presumably isn't with political advertising as such, so we wonder what can be wrong in particular with the kind that revolves around a track at high speed.
Given the extreme Liberal bias displayed by these folks one has to wonder how the Liberals are spending their advertising dollars.
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