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The surprising continued focus on Khan in the media

Its rather interesting to me how the media are continuing this skeptical eye on Khan and pointing out his contradictary statements he made prior to leaping to the Tories (as well as pointing out the Tories apparent paving of the way for him by appointing his Conservative rival to be a judge).

I would expect it from the Star, not so much from the Globe and Mail, who has another article detailing how Harper was assailed by Khan this past year in various statements. We also had Jeffery Simpson’s op-ed on January 9 that assailed Harper for making a mockery of democracy and his promise of fixing the “democratic deficit”.

So for whatever reason, Khan’s defection has gotten a bee in the Globe’s bonnet. Its nice to see good journalism from them, quite frankly.

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11 comments to The surprising continued focus on Khan in the media

  • johnlnib

    Well it appears that this wasnt a Liberal that we really needed around, Playing into harpers hands?
    Appears that this one isnt working out so well for Harper, not quite an Emerson, and certainly not as advantageous as a brison or belinda.
    And for the NDP holding the balance of power, I may be alone on this one, but i Believe it will only accelerate the demise of the NDP.

  • Dionosaur

    Technically, Khan was less of a defection than a response to an ultimatum by Dion. If the motivation of Khan was so obvious, why did Dion play into Harpers hands and issue an ultimatum instead of working constructively to keep a Liberal within the party?

  • LOL

    Don’t feed the trolls, fellow Librano decepticons. A perfectly good thread about the Globe making Khan and Harper look bad is being derailed into discussing the finer points of exporting SDA-style bombast into civilization. Presumably, that’s Toad’s whole point. Is his being a moron worth its own thread?

    Returning to the point, I’m not sure this Khan business will ultimately fly; if you look at the Grewal and Jaffer cases it seems clear that A: public scrutiny isn’t nationally significant in the long run and B: there isn’t a ‘backlash’ from that scrutiny either. Amusing this all may be, (and good to see from the often execrable Mop and Pail) but it’s probably small beer.

  • Toad, I don’t recall heiresses interpreting questioning of Stronach’s motives for crossing a slap in their faces…dido the gay community when Brison crossed , blowhard corporate executives when Emerson crossed, or the cast of ER when Keith Martin crossed.

    Your comment just doesn’t hold water.

  • Whooee! A “neutral observer” who use phrases like — “the ‘Great Deception’ known as the Liberal Party of Canada.”

    ToadFeller might vote fer people an’ not parties but there’s lotsa voters who do vote fer the party. I might get convinced t’ vote fer sumbuddy other than my usual Green Party candidate (regardless of who they are) but I’d be convinced by the platform, record and policies o’ the party they represent.

    “Are you suggesting that Mr. Kahn’s policies and views have changed since joining the Conservatives?”
    Dang right, he did. Khan bad-mouthed Harpoon bigtime when he was a Grit. Now, he’s joined up with King Steve an’ he’s singin’ his praises. I reckon anybuddy’d think he musta changed his views. Even he’d probbly hafta say he’s changed his views unless he still thinks Harper’s Middle East policies are as wrong-headed as he thought last summer.

    We probbly ain’t ever gonna know what Khad thinks on accounta he won’t be allowed t’ open his yap jest like we ain’t bein’ allowed t’ see the “so-called report” from his “non-partisan” Mideast fact-findin’ mission fer Canajuns.

    JimBobby

  • Toad

    Scott….you say….

    “And, if you’d been reading the local news media from Khan’s riding, a lot of that ridings voters, – new Canadians and otherwise- aren’t happy with his decision, so I’d suggest to you that your inference this is a “slap in the face” to new Canadians or “racial slights” is utterly ridiculous.”

    Are you suggesting that Mr. Kahn’s policies and views have changed since joining the Conservatives? Political Parties have absolutly zero constitutional authority in this country. When I vote (as well as the rest of Canadians), I vote for the person not the party. From your comment, I’m under the assumption that your view is that voters vote for political parties and not the person. Mr. Kahn is the same person he was a month ago…just part of a different caucus. So why would his constituents be so upset? Or is this just more news creation that is typical from the Canadian media? To prove my point…take Belinda Stronach for example. She has the same views on political issues now as she did when she was a conservative. And kudos to her constituents for seeing that.

    As far as you claiming I’ve been drinking too much Tory Kool-Aid….just because I have different views as you doesn’t mean that I’m a Tory. Like I said before…I don’t vote for parties, I vote for people. If I vote conservative, it’s simply because the candidate I voted for chooses to affiliate themself with that party…but I don’t really care.

  • Toad said:
    [quote comment=”585″]Just a warning from a neutral observer….it’s only a matter of time before new Canadians translate this continued battering of Mr. Kahn by his former party as a slap in their faces as well. It could possibly be viewed as “racial slights”. The Liberal Party was 100% behind him when he was bringing supporters into the “Great Deception” known as the Liberal Party of Canada. But now he’s evil, scary, and slimy because his views are more in-line with the Conservatives?[/quote]

    Since when has the Globe and Mail been an official Liberal Party organ, Toad? The title is “coverage of Khan in the media”, not “continued battering by the Liberal Party”

    And, if you’d been reading the local news media from Khan’s riding, a lot of that ridings voters, – new Canadians and otherwise- aren’t happy with his decision, so I’d suggest to you that your inference this is a “slap in the face” to new Canadians or “racial slights” is utterly ridiculous.

    A neutral observer? you sound like you’ve been drinking too much Tory Kool-Aid to me. This sounds like the talking point that the Blogging Tories would try and put out.

  • Do you expect us to take you seriously when you paint yourself into such an obviously partisan corner at every turn?

  • Toad

    Just a warning from a neutral observer….it’s only a matter of time before new Canadians translate this continued battering of Mr. Kahn by his former party as a slap in their faces as well. It could possibly be viewed as “racial slights”.

    The Liberal Party was 100% behind him when he was bringing supporters into the “Great Deception” known as the Liberal Party of Canada. But now he’s evil, scary, and slimy because his views are more in-line with the Conservatives?

  • If I were a betting person I would guess that someone in their staff was working long and hard on a planned story regarding Khan’s Middle-East report, and they’re kind of cheesed that they won’t get it now.

    That, and if I were a betting person I’d be extremely poor.

  • I’ve been surprised by the volume of coverage in the Globe as well, not that I’m complaining about it. I’ve been hearing a rumour that Khan was a card-carrying Conservative before being recruited for the Liberals, so I’m curious to see if the Globe uncovers anything to that effect since so far I’ve been able to find no substance to the rumour.

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