Not just Stephen Harper. Lorrie Goldstein of the Sun papers mocks the skewed reporting of much of our media:
Here’s how Barack Obama’s inauguration as U.S. president should have been reported by gushing Canadian media pundits, had they applied the same “standards” to him as they do to Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, an ideological neo-conservative irresponsibly poised to introduce broad-based, middle-class tax cuts, despite a huge and growing U.S. deficit and global recession.
Boasting on the official White House website that his massive tax giveaway will result in a $3,700 tax cut for a married couple earning $75,000 with two children, one in college, Obama ignored the devastating impact such policies, designed mainly for short-term political gain, will have on future generations and on government programs Americans hold dear, such as social security.
Sadly, thoughtful observers aren’t surprised by this latest move by Obama, whom some have already dubbed “George Bush Lite.”
This, given Obama’s support for everything from escalating Bush’s disastrous “war on terrorism” in Afghanistan, to his support for capital punishment, to his insistence so-called “clean coal” technology can be part of America’s solution to combating global warming.
Meanwhile, Obama’s knee-jerk support for Israel in its latest confrontation with Hamas, lacked the nuance required of a statesman seeking the role of honest broker in the Mideast.
Instead, Obama delivered a harsh, uncompromising message to the Arab and Muslim worlds last week, through his secretary of state designate, Hillary Clinton.
Making it clear she was also speaking for Obama, Clinton pointedly told her Senate confirmation hearing: “We cannot negotiate with Hamas until it renounces violence, recognizes Israel and agrees to abide by past agreements … The president-elect and I understand and are deeply sympathetic to Israel’s desire to defend itself under the current conditions and to be free of shelling by Hamas rockets.”
Where, one must ask, was a similar expression of concern for Palestinian lives, raising fears Obama may be pandering for support from the well-organized, influential and well-financed pro-Israel lobby in the U.S.?
All this, plus Obama’s hurtful remarks during his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois that while he supported civil unions for homosexuals, he could not endorse same-sex marriages because, “I’m a Christian,” have raised fears progressive forces in the U.S. will find themselves under assault for the next four years of Obama’s administration.
Indeed, while Obama has publicly toned down and even modified some of his more controversial views over the years, many worry this may all be part of his “hidden agenda” to impose his values on Americans over the long term.
More along similar lines in an earlier column:
Hillary sounds a lot like Harper
And, as I put it last November:
When will besotted Canadians wake up to the real Obama?
The Democratic presidential candidate is actually to the right of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives…