I have learned that you have to be very careful around the media when coining an analogy to describe a given situation. For example there was the time I described Jim Flaherty’s utter negligence as being the “Financial equivalent of the Walkerton water manager. Stan Koebel”.
Derek DeCloet of the Mail and Globe took this analogy to the absurd extreme, in order to malign the argument being made, and constructed the false inference of me saying people were killed by Flaherty’s negligent actions, rather than simply Flaherty’s incompetence serving to kill a vibrant $200 billion sector of Canada’s economy.....the death watch of which occurs daily before our very eyes.
As such I need to be more careful when using analogies around the excitable and intolerant press.
Meanwhile, on behalf of income trust taxpayers, I am always searching for new ways to communicate this income trust issue to the more intellectually challenged people in our midst. I have observed that sex is a popular analogy with many of the “lame of mind” out there.
First there was the classic Parliamentary debate in which NDP Pat Martin referred to income trusts as the ultimate corporate “wet dream”. Almost makes me feel as sleazy as Pat Martin, just to write those words.
Then there was the erudite Terry Corcoran who in one of his moments of childish and prurient glee wrote about the Town Hall meeting that John McCallum hosted in Toronto at the Design Exchange as the “Town Hall Lesbian Kiss Off”. I’ll leave it to Terry to attempt to explain that one to anyone interested in that train of logic. Not that logic is a good descriptor when dealing with Terry the Terrible.
All of which leads me to solicit (no pun intended) from you the following question. Which analogous term best describes the gross editorial and journalistic bias that resides within the Mail and Globe on the topic of income trusts?
Do you consider the Globe to be performing the analogous role of:
Please advise, as I can ill afford a repeat of the gross misinterpretation by the media over my daring use of the term “Walkerton Water Manager” to describe Jim Flaherty’s gross negligence and incompetence.
I won’t be going out with this until I hear back from you. Thank you in advance.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 2:44 PM