Seemingly, it doesn’t matter where you look in the mainstream media these days, but in most stories there’s a twist, a lean to the liberal left. It’s especially apparent in the Globe & Mail or the official organ of the Liberal Party of Canada, The Toronto Star. But it is even showing up now in the most innocuous of straight news stories.
I have spent much of the first month of this year flying hither and yon, spending interminable hours waiting at airports, reading a variety of local papers. And I started seeing this trend where it never used to be and in stories you never used to see it.
In today’s National Post, there was a news brief about a police raid on a home in Etobicoke, in east Toronto. Police seized a sawed-off Ruger Mini 14, a clip which holds 19 rounds and 132 rounds of ammunition. The gun had been previously stolen. A father and son, both justice system frequent flyers, were arrested. All good.
But, to end the brief, some hand-wringing social engineer who toils away in some CanWest news room added this: The arrests came as Toronto Mayor David Miller called for a total ban on handgun ownership in the city.
What in the world does that have to do with the salient story? Absolutely nothing. And why any self-respecting professional news editor would let that run probably speaks volumes.
In the first place the Mini 14 is a long-barelled weapon. Or at least it was in this case before it got sawed-off. And in the second place it was stolen.
This is simply the writer of the brief taking the opportunity to put Miller’s idiocy out there one more time to give it credibility.
Miller is a fool in this with his knee-jerk pronouncement, but I object to the media treating it as though it makes sense and then espousing it again and again in the vain hope that readers will suddenly become as foolish as the Mayor of Toronto.
Fortunately, readers are smarter than that. Well, except for the voters in Toronto who elected David Miller.
– Leo Knight on Blackberry