It was a bit much hearing Craig “Ginger” Oliver on CTV election eve, getting all self-righteous about journalistic integrity.
Holding forth in the wake of the Tory annihilation, the Giant of JournalismTM burbled that it was solemn duty of all Canadian hacks to “hold Justin Trudeau to scrutiny…make sure that he lives up to the words about honesty and truthfulness and openness in politics.”
Noble sentiments, indeed, and worthy of serious consideration—were it not for the fact that only moments before, Ginger had unleashed an on-air tirade against President Steve’s woeful record of trust, truthfulness and openness that left even host Lisa Laflameout dumfounded.
“Mr. Harper promised these words himself and basically lived up to none of them,” Ginger raved. “I know that many of you feel that this is the night we should say nice things about Mr. Harper, but he was caught lying, he was caught cheating, he showed toward the end incredible intolerance toward Canadians who are Arabs and Muslims, which many will find as always unforgivable.
“The whole idea of a tip line. Listen to your parents and your neighbours and report on some kind of practices you might call the Mounties, who wanted nothing at all to do with all of this,” he fulminated.
But if Ginger and his ink-stained colleagues in the national press corps had zero impact on President Steve’s regime, what influence will they have on the Liberal bauble head’s administration?
Consider that Ginger has been up Liberal backsides for decades, going back to his canoe trekking days to the Far North, with Pierre and assorted Liberal cronies like John Godfrey and Allan Rock.
And lest we forget, there are other Liberal skeletons in CTV’s closet.
Remember the days when CTV supremo Yvonne Fecan hosted all those multi-million dollar fundraising dinners for Jean Crouton in the late nineties?
Indeed, Fecan’s communications thingy was Paul Sparkes, a VP of CTV who used to be in Crouton’s inner circle.
The in-house lobbyist for CTV was another VP, Charlie Bird, a former policy advisor to longtime Lib Ralph Goodale.
The Liberal ad campaign of 2006, which warned Canadians that the Tories would put “soldiers in the our streets,” was conceived by Jack Fleischmann (Franks passim), who took a leave of absence from CTV-owned Business News Network to work on Paul Martin’s campaign.
When Martin lost, Fleischmann got a gig running CTV News Channel.