Re: Don Martin: Elizabeth May has received a blessing in disguise
Don Martin is missing the point entirely. I don’t think this matter is judged by “consolation prizes” of Don’s assessment. The ethical judgment call is whether Elizabeth May is better off by debating versus not debating. The issue is whether democracy is better off with all credible parties debating versus not allowing certain credible parties to debate.
We are the losers. Don misses this fundamental point. Andrew Coyne did not, in his piece of today “Democracy loses”.
Nothing about this is difficult to understand. The media may have fixed this election’s outcome in a way in which the RCMP did in 2006. They need to be stopped.
Short of a paralyzing October 14th blizzard featuring a guest appearance by freezing rain to underline the climate change message, the best news for Green Party leader Elizabeth May’s campaign so far was being kicked off the television debates.
Debate in that low-ratings shouting match and she’d be the afterthought -- the final paragraph of analysis, doomed to be a fifth leader overshadowed by pundits preoccupied with picking a winner between the Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion standoff.
But as the only national party leader kicked off the debate, undeservedly so in my view, she’ll be able to hold court before, during and after the debate as a media darling, shut out by a television consortium bullied into silence by the Harper Conservatives.
Sure she misses that introductory opportunity to wow Canadians who might be so disgusted with the national parties they turn green enough to cry ‘mayday’ and vote accordingly.
But the media love a victim. And because it was an unjust and unfair move by Big Television, she deserves and she’ll get kid-glove treatment.
There’s no debating the winner of the leader’s debate now. It’s Elizabeth May.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 8:46 AM