If you have any doubt how the Ottawa media cartel develop tunnel vision when it comes to narratives, the following example is quite informative. Okay, we all know the Liberals and Ignatieff are going through a very rough patch, valid examples plentiful to support the negativism. However, when CBC finds it necessary to have reporters actually COUNT treat or treaters at 24 Sussex and Stornaway, we've entered the realm of the absurd.
Pretty pictures of Harper handing out candy at 24 Sussex, followed by Ignatieff doing likewise at Stornaway. A nice little story, nothing of political value or in need of further analysis. But, NO, after CBC shows the shot of Ignatieff handing out treats, the piece ends with a comment on the traffic stats. Apparently, Ignatieff had less trick or treaters than Harper. I can't independently verify this fact, but that's what CBC told me, so it must be newsworthy.
On the practical front, isn't it stunning that more people would visit the PM's residence than the Leader of the Opposition? Common sense, please. Besides some simple realities, why anyone would actually compare and contrast escapes me. Hats off to the journalistic mind that was so desperate to pile on this obsessive narrative that they actually tried to make Halloween indicative of the polls and the leaders popularity. It's to bad us Liberals didn't have Halloween in May of this year, Ignatieff was HOT man, he would have kicked Harper's butt. "Zsuzsanna, we need more rocket candy!" Oh well.
I say, let's take this narrative a step further. Somebody should go back and do a detailed analysis of past Halloween attendance at Stornaway. Wouldn't it be something if Dion had more kids, during his darkest hours? THEN, you could really make the case that the Liberals are in trouble, based on this important indicator.
A nation waits....