Politics - Federal

Hypocritical Conservatives Are Hypocritical

By Ryan McGreal
Published May 13, 2009

Not long after running an election based almost entirely on attack ads with no long-term plan for the economy, and then co-opting much of the Liberal economic platform in its 2009 budget, the Conservative Party has released an attack ad against Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, accusing him of running attack ads and not having a long-term plan for the economy:

Honestly, you can't make this stuff up.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By nobrainer (registered) | Posted May 13, 2009 at 09:53:39

"Hypocritical Republicans are Hypocritical" Fixed your title.

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By What is the truth? (anonymous) | Posted May 13, 2009 at 11:46:16

I watched an interesting video last night and it depicted the role of mainstream media in regard to political forums. With the maintream media now in fewer corporate hands, one does have to question the message that they are trying to send.

In the video, they touched on teh role of the internet and that currently people can access other sources for views that are more realistic.

But how long before this medium is bought out and the message will become another mainstream, corporate media agenda that is in line with "big Brother"?

Why is it that they never really focus in on the issues, why is the "party" message is the one that is told?

People need to wake up to the this fact before it is too late.



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By MattM (registered) | Posted May 13, 2009 at 13:20:36

awesome article is awesome

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By synxer (registered) | Posted May 13, 2009 at 15:19:47

That video is funny. "Just visiting." Perfect.

To clarify for the hard-left: I do not support the Conservative nor Liberal agendas. I just think that the way the commercial was orchestrated is golden.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted May 13, 2009 at 15:28:32

synxer wrote:

That video is funny.

It really is. As a propaganda piece, it's well-executed, and it will probably enjoy success at reinforcing the prejudices of partisan Conservatives.

I'm more skeptical at how successful it will be against the Great Undecided, let alone the bloc of Liberal voters who stayed home last time around.

Big C Conservatives (and their more degenerate US counterparts in the Republican Party) have long been known for the tactic of accusing their opponents of the very abuses they are busy committing. However, this video cuts just a bit too close to the bone.

I expect that few non-partisan voters watching this will be able to miss the hypocrisy of an insubstantial attack ad accusing the opposing party of insubstantial attack ads. (In this regard it functions a bit like Jesuit schooling: the students learn enough about sophistry to recognize when their instructors are using it on them.)

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By synxer (registered) | Posted May 13, 2009 at 15:38:56

Ryan wrote:

Big C Conservatives (and their more degenerate US counterparts in the Republican Party) have long been known for the tactic of accusing their opponents of the very abuses they are busy committing. However, this video cuts just a bit too close to the bone.

"History started when Obama was elected.", to quote Jon Stewart.

Conservatives tend to prey on the uneducated and do less to promote education. I know people don't want to say that or hear it. And I'll likely be criticized for saying it, but I believe it to be true.

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By Left the Core ... no pun intended (anonymous) | Posted May 14, 2009 at 00:38:07

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By nobrainer (registered) | Posted May 14, 2009 at 01:02:33

^downvoted because A) rude and insulting, B) irrelevant to the article, and C) mistakes the effect for the cause.

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By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted May 14, 2009 at 11:02:01

No wonder voter turnout is at an all time low. All the parties treat us like jabbering morons, these kinds of ads with the ominous music or the black and white colour palettes only preach to the choir. Today's voters have been marketed to their whole lives, they know BS when they hear it and are tuning out entirely.

These ads infuriate me because not only are they wasting tax dollars on ineffective ads, but because frankly they're undermining the democratic values of this nation by alienating and disillusioning huge groups of people.

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By Cheerio (anonymous) | Posted May 14, 2009 at 16:54:02

Lean to the left
Lean to the right
Stand up
Sit down
Fight Fight Fight

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted May 15, 2009 at 11:29:14

No-nonsense Star columnist Chantal Hébert points out in today's paper that the Conservative French-language attack ads are unprecedented in that they sacrifice national unity to score cheap points:

In the larger unity picture, the notion of a prime minister launching an advertising campaign to fuel a nationalist backlash against another national party leader is the equivalent of poisoning a common well in the hope that one's neighbour will be the first to die.

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The gist of the Conservative ads could have been lifted right out of an open letter [BQ leader Gilles] Duceppe penned last week as part of the Bloc's own initial volley against a resurgent Liberal party.

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Only a few months ago, Harper was accusing the Liberals - in English - of cozying up to separatists to secure Bloc support for their coalition with the NDP. Now - in French - the Prime Minister's party is portraying the Liberal leader as a detractor of Quebec's character and aspirations.

http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/...

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2013-11-27 08:13:33

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By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted May 15, 2009 at 13:03:44

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By highwater (registered) | Posted May 15, 2009 at 13:06:52

Show us how it's done then, Capitalist.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted May 15, 2009 at 14:44:41

Capitalist wrote:

Wow great article Ryan! Must have taken you all day to write this up. Maybe your next article can be longer than a paragraph.

Your feedback would be more helpful if it weren't sarcastic, but in any case thanks for sharing it.

To clarify, this is a blog entry, not an article. The blog is a place to post short pieces, highlight interesting links, offer brief commentary, and so on; whereas actual articles are for longer, more detailed explorations of a given topic.

In this particular case, I'm not sure what additional commentary the embedded video actually needs. Perhaps you can offer an assessment or analysis.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted May 21, 2009 at 08:46:39

Michael Ignatieff responds to the Conservative attack ads:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGifqWMeZ...

What do you think?

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