Nova Scotia Journal

Sunday, November 28, 2021

MacDougall says do you want a better political situation in Canada?

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Key Takeaways:

  • Marilyn Gladu, a Tory MP, and Dean Allison, a colleague, are not stupid people.
  • Nonetheless, they became involved in COVID’s anti-science nonsense. Why?

The Conservative MP for Sarnia-Lambton went on T.V. lately to make a case for civil rights during the pandemic and ended up in a vehicle accident over vaccines, including an odd digression comparing COVID-19 to polio. The rollout of vaccines practically destroyed this disease.

It was about as ineffective as recommending a horse dewormer to treat coronavirus as far as interventions work. Gladu’s colleague Dean Allison, speaking of ivermectin, sponsored a petition in the House of Commons demanding that the government make the untested COVID treatment available to all.

On his social media platforms, the Niagara-area MP has also welcomed vaccine doubters. But, for all of the Conservative leader Erin O’Toole’s flaws, it’s the supporting cast that’s suffocating him.

The issue is that neither Gladu nor Allison are stupid. Allison has an economics degree, has owned a business, and has chaired a parliamentary committee. Gladu, for her part, is an engineer and a former health critic for her party, a position she is now relinquished to a colleague, maybe because, in addition to the ramblings above about polio, she had previously offered an encouraging word for hydroxychloroquine, a previous quack COVID “treatment.”

Gladu and Allison’s problem isn’t that they’re irrational; it’s that they’re responding reasonably based on the low-quality information they’re getting.

Crap information, that’s what.

The same goes for the “patriots” who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 or the guy who stormed a pizza parlor in Washington D.C. looking for Hillary Clinton’s child sex slaves.

Anyone can now publish a “newspaper” or broadcast stating whatever they want, based on little more than conjecture, and face no repercussions, even if they send everyone for a horse dewormer. Whether you believe the facts favor the élites or not, it is problematic when newsrooms become monocultures that fail to reflect the perspectives and lifestyles sorry, lived experiences of the people they are supposed to serve.

It’s enough to send some people to the dewormer if they don’t see their concerns reported in the news or, worse, looked down on by the press. However, because the existing information ecosystem promotes coverage that caters to specific points of view, the issue is that newsrooms are acting rationally.

Source: Ottawacitizen News

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