Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Cheese Factor

I honestly don't know if I can stand to watch this stunning spectacle:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to present a rosy picture of his Conservative government's handling of the recession Thursday in a slick made-for-TV presentation designed to forestall a quick summer election.

The planned event in the southwestern Ontario industrial city of Cambridge will feature the prime minister releasing the government's report on the effectiveness of government policies at the Armenian Community Centre.

The presentation will be moderated by Senator Mike Duffy, a former television journalist, and feature Harper, flanked by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley and Gary Goodyear, the local MP and Minister of State for Science. It will include a staged interview segment between Harper and Duffy.

Duffy has been doing staged interviews with Conservatives for years, so this should be old hat.

The fact the government is resorting to this cheesy approach to sell themselves, is a statement in itself. You don't need slick if you've got the goods, you don't fear a REAL interview, if you have compelling answers. This concoction reeks of a charlatan.


JimmE said...

Drop the EFFING Bomb!!!

We need an end to this administration.

This country is being driven into the EFFFing ground by folks who, (Lurkers let us PLEASE be honest) DO NOT think folks need or want a FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Dippers, take your lumps, get on the phone & tell Jack et al to help rid the nation of this virus of Reformatories. They broke Ontario, they have done their right best to break CANADA, we need rid of these people; NOW.

Steve V said...

I wonder if there will be any pyro?

JimmE said...

The MUTANT or Porno for Pyros?

Anonymous said...

Is this going to be something like the Magna budget of 2002 or 2003 that looked so contrived, I believe the press had a hard time to keep a straight face.

Maybe someone could provide more information about the Magna budget.
Harper has been got at by the Harris hold-overs, Flaherty, Clement and Baird.

This could be a swan song. It will be laughed about all during the coming election campaign.

Anonymous said...

Duff is going to stage a "mock" interview. How bizarre. We're entering surreal territory here.

rockfish said...

No doubt Crapwest is on side with this Sham-wow! production. They've found more ways in the past week to whine "please don't force an election before we've collected all our subsidy checks!"... The interesting part is how this reeks of desperation, change-the-channel panic. My guess is their vote in Ontario is collapsing under the weight of nuclear bungling, insensitive mutterings, and stubborn cold-heartedness. On the other hand, this kind of show could be good, in a jimmy swaggert CONs-bearing-tears kind of way...

RuralSandi said...

Considering the loss of respect Duffy has since this whole senator thing - I'm not sure this will help Harper in any way.

All they have to ask is, why is Harper afraid to present to the House?

And, how will other working reporters feel about this?

RuralSandi said...

By the way folks, don't forget to read Macleans - Scott Feshluks blog today - hits the nail on the head.

Anonymous said...

This pisses me off! This is happening in my city today--Cambridge--and I'm going to be in Oakville for a job interview. If I get back in time, does anyone have a suggestion for protesting this sham?

Gary Goodyear will be on stage with his holier-than-thou grin; the same man who refused to meet with pro-marriage equality voters, yet met many times with anti-marriage equality voters.

"Photo-Op" Gary Goodyear needs to lose this next election if for anything, to be reminded that he is suppose to represent ALL his constituents, not just the ones who attend his church.
Paul Raposo

Anonymous said...

I can guarantee you one thing about Goodyear. His shirt will be so impeccably pressed. I should add that he will be enviably tanned.
He reminds me of Ernie Eves who was more centred on himself than on the matter at hand. Ernie was more concerned about French cuffs and pomade than daily politics.
And where is Eves now?
And where will Goodyear be come next election?

Work to make it so.

penlan said...

Torontonian said:
"Harper has been got at by the Harris hold-overs, Flaherty, Clement and Baird."

Don't forget Giorno. It was his idea, I believe, to do the Eve's budget at Magna.

Anonymous said...

Thank you penlan. I stand corrected and forgot about Giorno's "contribution" to the end of Eve's days of office.

So, what Giorno did to Eves, he's now going to do to Harper?

Bring it on!

Anonymous said...

They should get VInce, the ShamWow guy, to do the interview. Tons more credibility than the Puffster.

Ben said...

CTV gives a scathing review of this "event".

Craig Oliver calls it a fake news event.

Says there would be nothing to brag about if it wasn't for opposition forcing infrastructure spending.

Refused to air pre-arranged Q&A.

When CTV is this critical, you know tides are changing.

Steve V said...

CBC cut away just as Duffy started the "town hall" portion.

penlan said...

Steve, Was that because of the live announcement by the WHO?

I missed everything because I wasn't here. I had heard CTV was refusing to show the Q&A with Duffy as it was "staged" & they disagreed with the entire thing.

Steve V said...


I'm not sure, I stopped watching right at that point.