Spinny CBC series on “spin”: features Liberal spinner Scott Reid as an expert on spinners

The liberals’ state-run leftist behemoth, the CBC and it’s CBC.ca people’s web site division, are using their web site to once again self-promote.  Nothing on the CBC’s various mediums pleases me less than when they use my taxpayer dollars to promote themselves rather than using their media to promote, oh, say, great un-funded conservative citizen web sites like mine (in a favorable light of course, as they always do themselves). 

Anyway, this time it’s another of their excruciatingly boring 39-part series that originally played on their radio indoctrination division earlier this year. This one is called “Spin Cycles”.  This of course has nothing to do with Bill O’Reilly’s “The Spin Stops Here” O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel although as I recall, the CBC did try to rip-off that territory by placing this massive ad in newspapers over and over before realizing that they were actually making a total mockery of themselves in their lame effort at spinning how they present the news, which is spun in abjectly left-wing biased fashion:

Nice try, CBC!  But that spin was in the past…

Apparently in their “Spin Cycles” promotion, they attempt to accomplish their task of explaining “spin cycles” by spinning the bejeezus out of at least one of its featured subjects, the infamous and I would contend infamously stupid Scott (beer and popcorn) Reid, Liberal Party “strategist” or “adviser” to that great leader Paul (failure) Martin, and his failure notwithstanding, a perpetual Canadian liberal media darling past and present owing to his inherent liberalness. 


Here’s how they write-up the episode featuring Scott Reid for their latest installment:

Scott Reid

Scott Reid was communications director for Paul Martin when Martin was finance minister and then later when he was prime minister. He now runs a speech-writing shop in Ottawa, in partnership with Scott Feschuk, a former Martin speech writer and blogger. Reid was known to be intensely loyal to his boss. In the 2005 CBC TV documentary Minority Report, about the final days of the 2004 campaign, he even teared up while speaking about Martin.

In the 2006 campaign, Reid appeared on a CBC-TV political panel and criticized the Conservatives’ child-care plan, saying “you don’t give people $25 a day to blow on beer and popcorn.” There were two problems with that statement. First, the Conservatives were actually promising $25 a week, not a day, and second, it was a dumb thing to say. He talks about why and shares many other secrets of political communications in our interview.

Holy spin-o-rama, Batman.  Thanks for setting us straight on that $25 per week thing.  And I’m sorry—but did you say that despite it being “a dumb thing to say”, Scott Reid nonetheless has “many other secrets of political communication” —even besides that gem about the beer and popcorn?  Wow!  Genius!  It ain’t spin—it’s “political communication” when a liberal hack spins it wildly out of control.  In my no spin zone reality, Scott Reid is the quintessential liberal and a paramount example of who not to listen to.  Therefore of course the CBC interviews him at length. 

Here’s a transcript from the CBC.ca web site of a small part of the Scott Reid interview.  Note that the National Post he refers to is a newspaper that originally allowed conservatives to say things in Canada in the mainstream media.  Also note the incorrectly placed apostrophe in their word “it’s” (there should be no apostrophe there—oops—how ironic):

Scott beer and popcorn Reid

SR: I’m sure it’s a continuum. I guess in my experience I think the news cycle shrank. I guess what I would say is that with the launch of the National Post I think that standards, to be very blunt, shrank as well and that’s what was so significant I think about it’s explosion onto the landscape.

Apparently the state doesn’t provide enough editors at the brilliant CBC.ca web site’s Liberal-Left transcript-providing division, thus the shrinking standards disease has spread to them. 

The saving grace in the interview is that the interviewer, Ira Basen, keeps referring to Paul Martin as “Mr. Dithers”, God bless ‘im, possibly driving the state’s transcript-typists and Scott Reid to distraction. 

But this series—this interview in particular—is another reason why I say that watching or listening to the CBC can actually make you dumber by the minute.  And it’s another reason why state-owned or state-run media should be banned in this country. 


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