Friday, May 14, 2010

On false equivalencies

Murray Mandryk manages to reach a new level of absurdity in his effort to sell a message of "they're all the same". As a supposed analogy to the numerous ongoing cases of the Wall government ramming through policies without consultation, Mandryk points to a single counterexample...where the NDP actually decided not to follow through with a policy after its initial announcement wasn't well-received.

Needless to say, that's a serious problem from an accuracy standpoint. But it's no less damaging in the incentives it sets up for the Wall government. After all, if the province's media sends the message that it's no better to respond to public concerns after making an initial policy announcement than to barge ahead and pretend to hear nothing, doesn't that make it far easier for Wall to keep on doing the latter?

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