The New Democrats have long suspected some of the province's media outlets are biased against them. But senior party members don't often put those suspicions in print - principally because, in the words of Mark Twain, it's not advisable to "pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel." Nevertheless, that's exactly what New Democrat caucus policy director Ian Reid appears to have done on his personal blog. Under the headline The Tale of Two Stories, for example, Mr. Reid complains The Vancouver Sun didn't give the New Democrats enough credit when they released a leak copy of the Fraser Health Authority's service plan.
"In the Sun you had to turn the page to find out that the NDP had anything to do with the story. In the Province that information is up front in the headline and the lead paragraph," Mr. Reid writes. "The way the Sun writes the story the reader doesn't find out what (New Democrat health critic Adrian) Dix thinks this says about the government's management of health care until the fifteenth paragraph. He gets five paragraphs to tell that story. The government gets six to respond." The staffer went onto add "it's as if" the article was edited "to remove the story line.
In an interview, New Democrat communications director Chris Gainor stressed "this blog is Ian's personal opinion and not the opinion of caucus. And we've just found out about this. And we will be talking to him about it as soon as we can."