Thursday, September 18, 2008

CanWest editorial policy: Con promises UP TO 75% OFF!!!

Wouldn't it be nice if there wasn't a need to follow up on this post. But CanWest apparently can't resist minimizing the cost of Con promises, as multiple articles have taken policies which the Cons themselves say will cost over $420-million per year once fully implemented and value them at "$420 million over four years".

At best, one could figure that CanWest simply assumed (based on little other than the words "by the fourth year", which are themselves limited to one part of the policy) that nothing would be implemented until 2011. But if that were the case, then the obvious way to phrase the cost would be as "$420 million in the fourth year" - not "$420 million over four years" which makes the annual cost appear to be a quarter of what it actually is.

Which means that the Cons once again have an eager media ally in their attempt to mislead Canadians about how much damage they're doing to our federal finances.

Update: And it continues - this time with a full-platform comparison which lists the Cons' annual costs in direct comparison to promises covering up to a 10-year time period.

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