The complaints from Harper supporters have been becoming increasingly shrill as they try to imply a national media bias is trying to hold their party down. Like seagulls shrieking at a garbage dump upon disturbance, they flap up and rage in frenzied social media circles every time a negative story about Harper is published. The indignant howls of “Media Party!” fill the air. Meanwhile the Harper Conservatives continue to slump in the polls.
Newsflash: media has been biased since the first town crier reported on a local incident!
Bias whether conscious or inadvertent is natural in all reports. It can show in camera angles, the questions asked or in the stories chosen. Bear in mind though, the bias runs both ways. The Sun runs right, the CBC runs left and a myriad of other outlets sit all over the spectrum. People choosing to inform themselves can cut through the slant easily enough.
The best cure for negative media is to bypass it and reach right out to the voters. When Paul Hinman won the leadership of the Alberta Alliance (later Wildrose Alliance) there was virtually no coverage of the event aside from a Herald article that scornfully pointed out the presence of Craig Chandler. When we entered the Calgary Glenmore by-election we sat at 6% in the polls and any reports of our campaign tended to report us as an also ran fringe group at best. So how did we win despite the big bad media not giving us a fair shake? We worked our asses off door by door until we convinced enough people to support us. It really was as simple as that.
Had we sat on the sidelines and howled about how abused we were by the media, we would have been lucky to get 10% in that by-election and we sure as hell would not have won it as we did. The same can be said for the Alberta Party in Calgary Elbow. They won that seat through a massive ground game despite little general coverage.
Most of those who howl so loudly about the “media party” tend to be keyboard cowboys. They are rarely seen pounding the pavement for the party or listed high on the donor list (though there are exceptions). They do however clutter up social media greatly and often put people off as they try to play victim while not understanding why voters don’t see it that way.
Want to beat the “media party”? Put down the laptop and volunteer for your local candidate. Perhaps try to convince your party to stop being caught in scandals arrogance and hypocrisy as well. It is tough for the media to report bad things when those things don’t happen.
Screaming from the sideline will only ensure an NDP or a Liberal government. The media party cant be blamed if this happens. It is Harper’s government to lose and it’s the responsibility of his supporters to ensure that doesn’t happen. Excuses and blame don’t change outcomes. Hard work does.