Monday, September 25, 2006

The London Free Press: All the news that's printed to fit

Nero may have fiddled while Rome burned, but he didn't have the London Free Press calling the tunes. For almost a week now, the Free Press has been headlining daily "the first drama in the race to become London's next mayor," and local politicians at both municipal and provincial levels have availed themselves of the opportunity to pose for contrived protestations and recriminations over the sale of the 130-hectare Green Lane landfill in Elgin County to the city of Toronto — a sale over which municipal politicians themselves have no jurisdiction let alone financial or environmental interest, and over which provincial politicians have no interest other than procedural approval. Meanwhile, the subjects of municipal taxes, spending, crime for which London politicians are accountable in the upcoming election go unremarked — because the Free Press has nothing and has never had anything substantive to say on the records of candidates on those issues. On the issues that matter — on the issues for which candidates are actually responsible — the Free Press is a blank book.

From a poll in today's Free Press (screen capture taken at 9pm):

So, where's the option for "The Media"?

Postscript: In its quest for ratings, the Free Press is also auditioning Bob McCaig, owner of the Green Lane landfill, for a role in the sensational cast of villains, reporting on New Democrat MPP Peter Kormos' puffed-up assertion in the legislature that the Liberals wouldn't step in to kill the deal because Green Lane had contributed $35,000 to the party in the past two years. The best line in the piece comes from McCaig, who admits to donating to both major parties because “it’s just good business.”

McCaig insisted “it’s pretty standard” to contribute to both the Liberals and Conservatives at election time for any business.
Now why is that, do you suppose?