Thursday, March 25, 2010

Jane Taber Bias & Conservative Internal Memos

In just one month reporter Jane Taber has written many stories, and while she's written nine on Conservative Party internal memos attacking their opponents, she's written none on any memo from the Liberals or any other party.

The reason for concern in writing stories on these memos is that Jane Taber is merely reprinting the attacks within the Conservative partisan documents and distributing them to a national audience. So where before these memos would be seen by a few party members, now they are appearing to thousands of Canadians.

Of course there would be no problem if Jane Taber included reports on other parties internal memos, but she does not. And only to further discredit any journalistic credit she may have, the fact that she has often reported these Conservative party memos as "internal" makes one wonder how then has she repeatedly gained access to them. Memos that get continually released to the press are not "internal" by any standard.

With Jane Taber's clear preference for the Conservative Party, I defy anyone to find a reporter more biased.

Below is a list of Jane Taber's more current examples of bias:

Mar 24 - Thinkers conference or 'academic fantasyland'?

"In an internal party memo, Tory officials note that the speakers coming to the conference – Canada 150: Rising to the Challenge – are not representative of the country. “Two-thirds of guest speakers are male, and only five guest speakers are visible minorities,” says the memo distributed to MPs and other Conservative supporters. "

Mar 23 - Ann Coulter attacks gays and Muslims; Tories attack medical doctors
"Stephen Harper’s Tories, likely feeling the heat from their missteps on contraception and maternal health, are taking on the Toronto Liberal MP and medical doctor.

Seizing on remarks that Dr. Bennett made in the local Parliament Hill newspaper, the party sent out an internal memo yesterday accusing of her diminishing the role of stay-at-home mothers."


Mar 22 - Tories blast Gilles Duceppe's relentless bid to 'create squabble and division'
“Gilles Duceppe shows once again that he is always trying to create squabble and division, only to justify his obsession to hold a referendum on sovereignty in Quebec, as soon as possible,” according to the internal missive to MPs and supporters early this morning.

Mar 19 - Is Michael Ignatieff engaging with youth or using kids as props?
“Ignatieff’s Liberals shouldn’t use our kids to promote their political agenda,” says a new Tory internal memo, dripping with outrage and incredulity. “It just demonstrates that Ignatieff isn’t in it for Canadians. He’s just in it for himself.”

Mar 16 - Tories pounce as 'Ignatieff prorogues himself'
"After withstanding the slings and arrows of the opposition over their decision to prorogue Parliament, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are turning the tables on Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals.

“After Eight Days, Ignatieff Prorogues Himself…,” is the headline of an internal memo sent by Tory party officials in which they note the Liberal Leader was a no-show in the House of Commons Monday"


Mar 12 - Statscan good, Kevin Page bad, PMO says
"Stephen Harper’s strategists have been very busy spinning. Yesterday, they fired off an internal memo criticizing the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page.

This morning they were crowing in another internal memo about the latest Statistics Canada numbers, showing the unemployment rate has dropped from 8.3 per cent to 8.2 per cent, with the economy added nearly 21,000 jobs last month."


Mar 10 - Tories question Michael Ignatieff's economic chops
"Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are questioning Michael Ignatieff’s leadership on the economy – especially his declaration that the economy is his priority.

The criticism comes in an internal party memo to Tory MPs and supporters. “The Ignatieff Liberals didn’t even bother to move an amendment on the budget, a fairly routine Parliamentary process,” it says. “Even St├ęphane Dion managed to do this when he was Liberal leader in 2008.”


Mar 9 - PMO harpoons Liberal divisions on seal hunt

"The Prime Minister’s Office is accusing Michael Ignatieff of playing politics with the seal hunt and the lives of those who depend on it after a Liberal Senator reintroduced his bill to ban the hunt.

In an internal memo to Conservative MPs and supporters, PMO strategists also suggest the Liberal Leader is a weakling for not being able to unite his caucus on an issue that he says he supports."


Feb 25 - NDP and Tories face off over sports funding
"The Prime Minister’s Office fired back in an internal memo to Conservative supporters and MPs: Under the headline, “Politics and the Podium”, the PMO strategists wrote: “Instead of joining millions of their fellow Canadians in cheering on our Olympic athletes, the NDP today decided to do politics instead.”

Jan 24 - Conservatives lash out at 'King of Prorogues'
"In an email message sent to Conservative MPs and supporters, the PMO notes that "senior Liberals" seem bent on partisan attacks on the "routine parliamentary procedure" while the government attends to Haitian eartquake relief and federal budget consultations."
(Note: Jane Taber has written far more stories in her career that are dependent on Conservative memos than the list above contains)

8 comments:

Tach said...

Like her former colleague, the eternal candidate for home coming queen may want a Senate appointment. After all, like the rotund one, she's incapable of original thought or any analysis deeper than 1/2" of top soil. What continues to astound me is that anyone provides her column inches or air time... Surely a rotational rooster of university journalism students would be both more profitable for CTV - Globemedia and more beneficial in the longer term for news rather than infotainment.

However, it makes it much easier to see what the Cons are thinking -- you just need to see what Ms. Taber is cribbing on any given day.

Will said...

I think we (as Liberals) need to push our party to put a bit more thought into our own internal memos. Seems to me that the Tories have an edge when it comes to what would be considered newsworthy.

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Will I have no doubt you are a liberal as you put in the fact in brackets, but what would make you conclude it's the Liberal memos that are at fault?

Fred from BC said...

Jane "Giggles" Taber isn't a Liberal anymore? When did that happen?

Next you'll be telling me that Craig Oliver is now a Conservative supporter, too... :)

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Fred my sarcasm detector is on the fritz, what exactly are you suggesting?

Fred from BC said...

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Fred my sarcasm detector is on the fritz, what exactly are you suggesting?


Please don't play dumb, Scott. It's insulting.

Did you happen to catch the reaction to Taber letting Justin Trudeau shout down a Conservative MP on Question Period (Taber and Oliver's Sunday show)? Poor Jane was forced to respond by the sheer number of complaints CTV received, saying that she really didn't mean to let Trudeau RANT on and on, eating up all the available time and not allowing his opponent to respond. Sure, Jane...we believe you...

That's just the latest, Scott. By no means is it the only example of Taber's ongoing love affair with the Liberal party.

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Fred please don't be insulted, it's just that how can I be certain of what people are saying when they don't say it?

As for the Trudeau appearance, I'm not sure that proves your point, as she aggressively rebuffed him in her globe and mail post the next day.

Without sarcasm, please tell me where I erred in this post, and it would be helpful if there was evidence.

Fred from BC said...

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Fred please don't be insulted, it's just that how can I be certain of what people are saying when they don't say it?


I said it loud and clear: Jane Taber is a Liberal supporter, not a Conservative. She always has been.


As for the Trudeau appearance, I'm not sure that proves your point, as she aggressively rebuffed him in her globe and mail post the next day.


It proves my point perfectly, because she did nothing of the kind.

What she DID do was say that he got into trouble for his "exuberance". Problem is, the only reason she posted anything at all was because of "many complaints" about the segment. Complaints about HER, not him; we expect an arrogant little prick like Justin Trudeau to run his mouth off whenever he is given the chance -

(poor bastard inherited his father's looks and his mother's brains, rather than the more advanageous reverse..;)

- but we also expect Jane to do her job as moderator, and allow everyone to be heard. She didn't. That's why the company she works for got complaints, and she was forced to respond.

Without sarcasm, please tell me where I erred in this post, and it would be helpful if there was evidence.


Sure...right here:

With Jane Taber's clear preference for the Conservative Party, I defy anyone to find a reporter more biased.


Anyone who knows anything about Jane Taber (or watches her shows, or reads her columns) knows that she is far more Liberal than Conservative. Anyone who witnessed the debacle described above would have figured it out immediately even if they didn't know anything else about her.

Just because she (and other Liberal-leaning 'journalists') are now being critical of Michael Ignatieff means nothing...even the Toronto Star has now turned on him. Yes, the Red Star: the Official Voice of the Liberal Party.

Give it up, Scott. You're doomed with this guy at the helm.