Yesterday I stumbled across a blatant example of left-wing propaganda in Kitchener's The Record, "Tories march to wrong drum by following U.S. lead" by columnist Frank Etherington.
Now Frank is well known in this area for his extremely anti-Conservative tirades, but this one is particularly offensive - insulting not only Tories, but our soldiers as well. This piece is way too long and nauseating to reproduce in it's entirety (and likely against copyright rules), so I'll offer a few of the more disgusting tidbits:
"To protect their self-serving butts from unfriendly voter fire, federal Tories are censoring the media by banning journalists from gut-wrenching military ceremonies where dead soldiers come home in flag-draped coffins..." He then accuses Harper of emulating George W. Bush. Wow, that was an original thought, Frank! Never heard that one before.
He then refers to Harper's media ban at repatriation ceremonies as "a disrespectful slap in the face for all Canadians including the grieving families of dead or maimed soldiers." Etherington contends that the move had everything to do with political optics and nothing to do with family privacy.
Next he accuses Harper of "exploiting those who risk injury or death every day", when Harper visited Kandahar to support the troops. Etherington complains of "countless nauseating news clips where he guzzled root beer and rubbed shoulders with soldiers like Dinning."
Now here is the clincher. As you read this quote, imagine yourself to be the parent of a young man who just gave up his life in a country where terrorist cells had been flourishing, religious freedom had been all but non-existent, and women had been regarded as little more than mere chattels rather than human beings:
"...I hope Canadians appreciate that, because little will be achieved in Afghanistan, Harper should quickly bring soldiers home. The mission is hopeless and the casualty cost is already too high."
You can vent your fury by writing to Mr. Etherington at firstname.lastname@example.org or write a Letter to the Editor at email@example.com.
Note: If writing the Record, please include your full name, address and daytime phone number for verification purposes. They will only print your name and city.
As always, I welcome your comments on this site. If you can find something here to defend, I would be very interested in hearing from you. Is Frank Etherington accurately reflecting anyone else's opinion in Canada?