Sunday, September 23, 2007

CTV gives John Baird a free pass

On Friday, a report by The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, the government's environmental watchdog, tore apart the Conservatives' plans on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as vague, exaggerated, inconsistent and methodologically poor. The fact that it was the Conservative plans that were being criticized was clear to anyone who read the newspapers.

You wouldn't know that, however, if you listened to our Environment Minister, John Baird, on CTV "Newsnet" last night. Baird represented, without intervention by the "news anchor," that the Roundtable actually said the following: that the panel were looking into the Liberal policy, the Liberal bill, and that what it said was that the Liberal bill was bad public policy. And then he launched into his p.r. on his vaunted Conservative plan and said that the Conservatives are going to tell people the truth. All without any interjection by the anchor who obviously did not have the ability to pierce the snow job she was getting. No wonder the Conservatives are so eager to appear on CTV "Newsnet."

The Roundtable conducted its review of the Conservatives' plan in addition to its look at the House of Commons Committee bill, C-288. Baird's statement last night clearly left the impression with anyone watching that the scathing report by the National Roundtable was solely directed at a Liberal plan when it was his own government's plan that was being denounced.

Isn't it amazing what a Minister of the Crown can get away with on national television.