Maybe they meant to ask off-air?
It was all set up beautifully, as usual. The CBC set up a guest expert—a university professor—for the news anchor to conduct another potentially scary interview about the scary, scary, ever so scary, we here at the fair and balanced CBC can’t emphasize it enough, scary economy. The guest is an archetype CBC guest favorite—a university professor. The Canadian media constantly use university professors as guest experts on absolutely every single issue in the country, because they’re reliably left-wing, far-left, or even Marxist.
Turns out to have been a combination of egregious errors for the CBC, and will necessitate a whole whack of corrective measures on their part—guests and anchors and banners and expert “analysts” and select “news” items —all re-trashing the Canadian economy.
CBC anchor Harry Forestall: Do you worry sometimes that we could we could effectively talk ourselves into a recession? Is there any risk of that?
With no sense of irony whatsoever at the CBC, he asked that question over the huge CBC banner tendentiously reading “MARKET MISERY”. Previous banners today and since roughly the exact date Stephen Harper was elected have read things like “THE R-WORD?” and “THE D-WORD?” and “ECONOMIC MELTDOWN”, and “ECONOMIC CRASH COMING?” and “HEAD FOR THE HILLS”. (Never with the term “so-called” before those things, as they do “the so-called war on terror”.)
And the guest, Associate Professor of Economics at Dalhousie University, Marina Adshade, threw this back:
Marina Adshade: “Oh I definitely worry that we can talk ourselves into a recession.”.
It’s not that they didn’t know that—they certainly did. They bank on it. It’s just that they probably didn’t exactly want that cat to be let out of the bag, at least not quite so publicly. Layton and Dion are gonna be pissed!
And she continued:
“So much of what happens in the economy depends on how people perceive what’s going to happen in the future in terms of their employment and in terms of their investment and if people start getting concerned about those things, then they start scaling back on their spending, people start losing their jobs, because people aren’t buying the goods that they’re producing anymore, and it definitely can create some problems in the economy. One of the things that kept the U.S. economy over the summer is that Americans continue to spend, they continue to buy. In the last month that’s really changed and they started to scale back on their spending, I think if Canadians get concerned about a recession that’s exactly what could happen here.”
I could just about hear the CBC producers and crew screaming from control rooms across the country. Damn! We set him up with the university professor! He had to ask that question? And was she vetted? What is going on around here?!
Well anyway, it confirmed that their apparent tactic is worth continuing. You can talk down the economy by constantly raising doubts and trash talking it, just like Dion and Layton do. It’s just that it’s more embarrassingly obvious when they do it now.
Minutes later: Here comes another interview. We’re all going to economic Hell.
But we support the troops by golly!