For all of the various whining that the CBC is “statist” and left wing biased, I ask, where are the left wing CBC counterparts to these gems: Rex Murphy, seen here writing an absurd polemic attacking Rob Ford’s critics using a series of cliched strawman puerile caricatures of his opposition as just a bunch of downtown elitist snobs. Ford has been seriously unpopular for years now, having left net popularity in mid to late 2011 and never looked back – even after the Scarborough subway victory. Don Cherry, among his many offensive comments and reactionary views (many completely unrelated (Read more…)
I just hate it when conservative commentators poke fun at other conservatives. I hate it I tell you. Hate it!
Here is Rex Murphy holding forth on the current ‘troubles’ in Ottawa:
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It’s been a while, folks! But on the eve of the NDP’s big conference, I had to just make a somewhat-related comment on Rex Murphy’s latest pontification on Tom Mulcair’s popularity conundrum. Which isn’t as much of a conundrum, or a crisis, as people will make out in the midst of the LPC race.
Rex’s musings on what Mulcair should and shouldn’t be doing can be found here:
It seems to me he’d advise the Opposition Leader to try and have it both ways: come on out with bigger, bolder, more distinctive ideas – but at
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From Rex Murphy report on CBC TV last night about the location of the residence of Senator Duffy
Rex Murphy is a high-paid troll with an extensive vocabulary.
Murphy’s latest predictable, propagandizing public love letter to perpetual politician Stephen Harper is simply sickening to anyone who has been paying attention to what the HarperCons have been doing to their country. The snobby, elitist, preachy pundit must genuinely believe that regular Canadians are uninformed idiots who need to be patted on their heads, shushed and dismissed.
The sly sycophant has been openly and obviously fishing for a Conservative senate seat for years. Now he doesn’t even try to hide it. Murphy clearly wants to join his fellow retired Conservative
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Pity poor Rex Murphy. He doesn’t understand what he calls the “unbalanced and disproportionate” antipathy Canadians feel for Stephen Harper:
For, step back a little, make a little space, and you will see that in his personal and domestic conduct, Harper is almost stereotypically Canadian. He’s a mild, unobnoxious, hockey-mad fellow. He doesn’t boast.He shuns the spotlight he could be commanding every day. He keeps his privacy and doesn’t insist, like many public figures, in conducting a soap opera around his position or his family. He’d be the ideal neighbour — he wouldn’t just drop in, too reserved for
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Romney Defeats Obama! U.S. President Barack Obama – perhaps not exactly as illustrated – holds up a copy of the Toronto Globe and Mail after his election victory last night. Or something like that. Maybe they just missed it that we don’t get a vote. Most Canadians don’t get to vote, that is, in the … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Message to Canada’s media: OK guys, you can stop campaigning for that Romney guy now …
Once in a while Rex Murphy provides good commentary, as the following on the standard of conduct in Parliament – especially he talks about big-mouth Rob Andres.
“Mr. Rob Anders, Conservative MP, whose reckless mouth is hardly news (he once wanted Nelson Mandela to be labeled a terrorist) went to truly dark territory – both in the viciousness of his insinuation, and the reckless brutality of the thought behind it: he actually accused the Leader of the Opposition Tom Mulcair – of hastening Jack Layton’s death …for Mulcair’s advantage.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s message at Peter Lougheed’s state funeral. Below: Premier Lougheed with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who haunts us still.
With his state funeral yesterday afternoon, the official adoration of former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed moved beyond canonization into deification.
If other Canadians happened to pause and listen to what was actually being said in Calgary’s 57-year-old Jubilee Auditorium, which was broadcast by the CBC, they could be forgiven for wondering if we Albertans had collectively taken leave of our senses.
I mean no disrespect for Mr. Lougheed with this observation. As has been said here before, he
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Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Paul Krugman highlights the anti-social austerity agenda at work in the U.K. and U.S.: (T)he austerity drive in Britain isn’t really about debt and deficits at all; it’s about using deficit panic as an excuse to dismantle social programs. And this is, of course, exactly the same thing that has been happening in America.
In fairness to Britain’s conservatives, they aren’t quite as crude as their American counterparts. They don’t rail against the evils of deficits in one breath, then demand huge tax cuts for the wealthy in the next
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper (clutching the balloon, centre) sets off his attack on Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair, who is illustrated standing in the background. Beep-beep! Actual federal politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Tory big guns Rex Murphy and Don Cherry, plus former Tory big gun Norman Spector, all of whom have appeared exactly as illustrated.
“BRIEFING NOTE: Respond to criticism about economic impact of high-Loonie, everything-for-petrochemical-industry policy by making voters see Thomas Mulcair as recklessly un-Canadian…”
This isn’t an actual quote from the Tories’ current list of talking points, but it seems to be what the Strategic
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Despite the near-hysterical reaction of certain CBC broadcasters to the comments made last week by Thomas Mulcair about how tarsands developments are inflating the value of the Canadian dollar, thereby weakening our manufacturing sector, there are those who are able to more objectively assess his comments. One of them is Lawrence Martin.
In his column today entitled Ottawa’s industrial policy divides Canada against itself, Martin observes that we made progress in the decades before 2000 in moving away from an economy based on resource extraction. Using figures from Jim Stanford’s research, he reveals that well over half of Canada’s
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With the polls revealing that the NDP, under leader Thomas Mulcair, is enjoying 34% of popular support while the Harper Conservatives languish at 30%, it is probably no surprise that the CBC is once again polishing up its apples in yet another desperate and misplaced effort at appeasing its political masters. Having recently had its budget gutted, I guess it was too much to think that the Corporation would have found its spine and at least proceeded with a measure of dignity and integrity toward its ultimate doom under the Harper regime. Last night’s At Issues Panel revealed that to
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Rex Murphy once in a while gives great commentary. This is one of those commentaries. Peter Mackay an Honoury Defence Minister or not so honoury.
“Is anyone in charge? Or is Peter MacKay a kind of honorary Defence Minister?” Murphy asks. “A real minister would resign after this week’s sad comedy.”
If you’re going to write about the Trayvon Martin case, at least pretend to care enough to get the dead kid’s name right: “Trevyor”? Twice?? I am available part-time for editing work… Call me…
Rex and Ezra look for Stephen. “I know he’s around here somewhere.”
Not by name of course; Obama has no idea who the first two are and merely a begrudging acknowledgement of the third. But by speaking about climate change denialists, equating them with flat earthers, Obama could have been speaking directly to this trio of aging Ostriches in a speech today.
“If some of these folks were
You have to wonder about these big-time charitable foundations. Last week we discovered that the much-heralded Susan G. Komen Foundation was nothing but a front for rabid right wingers and Republican henchmen. Now I see the Heart & Stroke Foundation here in Vancouver is hosting a breakfast with Rex “Never Had a Heart and Never Been Stroked” Murphy.
So all you fat-assed, rich white
CBC’s professional curmudgeon offers up his patented barnacle encrusted summary of the year’s events:
If you had hypothetically slept through the entire year like Rip Van Winkle and suddenly awoken to watch that demoralizing re-cap, might you not have been quite glad to have missed the whole demoralizing affair in comatose slumber?
I’m beginning to think that John Doyle is Canada’s best social critic. His job may be to cover TV but his columns cut through the bullshit of so much more. It’s as if he’s talking for those of us on the outside without any national voice, a voice currently dominated by the very people Doyle skewers. He covers all the annoying curmudgeons – well, let’s just say it outright – assholes who occupy
Its all good, but my favorite bit is about how The National Post felt it necessary to spike Rex Murphy’s geriatric rage at the fact a mere African might dare to criticize Canada’s environmental record:
The advertisement generated a torrent of exaggerated invective from some of the usual suspects – including CBC Television’s Rex Murphy. The National Post newspaper said, “Archbishop Desmond Tutu should shut his trap when it comes to the oilsands.” The newspaper later removed that sentence — but not before the boorish comment was widely read and re-posted by many news organizations and NGOs.
My favorite columnist, Rick Salutin, has a brief video on The Star website in which he asserts that the NDP and the CBC are no more leftist than Rex Murphy, Kevin O’Leary, or Don Cherry. You can watch it here. Recommend this Post
Only in Vancouver would you see a riot after a hockey defeat. Afterall, Libyans are being killed by fighter jets, so how do we justify the actions that had taken place? Rex Murphy (in this video) give his expressive opinion on the mindless riot that took place.