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On TVO’s The Agenda

The Agenda with Steve Paikin is a taxpayer funded public affairs shown on TVO here in Ontario. It’s good… and it’s not.  The two opposites can be true at the same time.

On the one hand, Paikin is a very professional, calm and informed interviewer. The tenor of the show is generally such that, depending on the topic, putting it in on TV might be a good alternative to Ambien or Lunestra if you’re having trouble falling asleep.  No grenade launching, no shouting; generally a show with polite discourse with a measured likeable moderator.

That’s the good about the show. The bad about the show is its leftist slant.  Paikin is a Liberal, not the small “l” classical liberal we’d all be OK with, no… more the partisan big “L” party apparatchik Liberal.  (His son Zach Paikin actually tried to run for the position of National Policy Chair for the Liberal party and also tried to be nominated to represent the Liberals in the Hamilton West/Ancaster-Dundas riding for the past federal election).

If you were to review the show topics over a cycle of, say a month, you would get a rotation dominated by the following;

  • Climate change! and how it’s an unfathomable existential threat to humanity/the Great Lakes/northern communities;
  • A procession of Ontario Liberal cabinet ministers to brag about how wonderful a job they’re doing and, without any critical line of questioning, who are allowed to promote inane ideas like cap-and-trade, carbon taxes, subsidizing self-driving car studies, HOV lanes on 400 series highways, borrowing $25 billion from children to pay for a reduction of hydro rates…and on and on;
  • Authors of obscure, unread books on Canadian culture, media or social experiences, often decrying the horrors of our racist and sexist country
  • Indigenous leaders and academics… lots and lots of them.  Allowed to moan (again without criticism) about what a racist/colonialist country this is.  (Including a recent episode wherein the academic, a U of Toronto professor no less, was allowed to postulate a conspiracy theory about the Canadian government keeping Indigenous people sick in order to rape their resources that would have made Alex Jones proud)
  • LGBTQ leaders and academics… lots and lots of them.  Allowed to moan (again without criticism) about what a sexist/homophobic country this is.

Again, this is all hosted by a perfectly amiable and intelligent Steve Paikin.  Often he convenes panels to discuss topics on his show but inevitably the ratio of Progressives to Conservatives is usually 4:1, if a Conservative is invited on at all.

But overall a milquetoast, left-leaning news program on a public broadcaster that tries to be a calm forum for the type of babble that only public employed intellectuals would be interested in.  And us.  We listen to the Agenda podcast frankly, not to get any insights but to hear the crap the other side likes to spout.  But honestly 2/3 of the programs are deleted after listening to the first 5 minutes.

So, surely then, the Agenda people and Steve Paikin are horrified to be hearing that a clip of their show, where they had Jordan Peterson on to debate gender pronouns is at the centre of the Lindsay Shepherd controversy at Wilfred Laurier.  That show is central to the whole fiasco that has escalated to international attention.

You’d think then that any “normal” TV news program would then be following up with the main players in this little free speech drama and milk it for a few weeks, use it to become a focal theme for the program in the next month or two.  Maybe a few shows centered around the debate with some of the main players could garner the Agenda a few more than the regular (measly) couple of hundred views an Agenda program seems to get on YouTube currently.

But no, no.  Not this program.  Take for example just the other day… the show decides, let’s instead give an antifa punk time to broadcast his intellectually corrupt ideas of “preemptive defense” and mention white-supremacists fifty times and slur people as racists and fascists – because they might hold an opposing view to him on just about everything.  This, our tax money and our public broadcaster has time for.

The Agenda on TVO is not a very good program.  One has to wonder what the purpose of funding this type of program with public money is in this day and age when – if there truly was a legitimate audience for a program of this nature – it could be migrated to the internet and podcasts and off the backs of taxpayers.

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Regress This: Zach Paikin and How to Fix the Liberal Party of Canada

When they are discovered, it can be fun to out closet conservatives.  There aren’t many, grant you, because to be an admitted conservative in the wrong company can be tantamount to admitting you spoon day-old curry into your underwear before leaving for work in the morning.  But hey, there are some, and sometimes they don’t even realize it themselves.

Take young Zach Paikin.  Not a Liberal and maybe, just maybe, a conservative.  Oh, gosh yes.  Just read his platform.

He was no doubt raised a proper young liberal Toronto urbanite, his father a well-known and respected journalist for TV Ontario, and one who has been making a nice six figure salary for the publicly owned broadcaster for many a year now (an aside…why do we still own a hardly-watched broadcaster anyways?  Tim Hudak, are you paying attention?).  I’m sure a number of private broadcasters have come for father Steve over the past several years, some of them offering substantial pay increases and bigger career opportunities given his obvious abilities as an interviewer and television personality, but it says something about the person and his world view when they decide to stay put in favour of the safe, publicly funded, niche job.

But we digress, or should we say regress.  The point is that young Zach was probably raised to be a Liberal.  It’s just natural.  To be anything but would be swimming against the flow in urban Canada and the elite hegemony that, at one time, governed this great nation of ours, sea to shining sea.

On the one hand we find it almost ridiculous that he and Max Naylor, another privileged urbanite keener are engaged in some little puppy fight over becoming the lead policy craftsman for the Liberal Party.  Mainly because they are both young and, dare we say it, know shit at their age.  The US law that prohibits anyone from running for congress before they reach the age 30 is a good one, because really, until you’ve created a dime of wealth or fought for your nation what business do you have developing policy frameworks that could potentially have real impacts on business, taxpayers or endanger the lives of those serving in our military?  It’s beyond presumptuous.  But hey, Mike Layton, these types of over-reaching political bastards are everywhere in our politics today, aren’t they?   (Barack Obama – patron saint of these parasites).

But the real irony of it is that little Zach is actually on to something.  You see, we here in Canada all need the Liberal party to find its feet again.  Because at some point, like all governments, the siren song of arrogance, entitlement, privilege and intellectual exhaustion will eventually bring it down.  And when the Harper Conservatives go down, who is going to be there to step in?  The NDP?  Oh, fucking hell.  Turn out the lights.  Game over.

At least at one point in time the Liberals, for all their power-grubbing, used to represent something of the pragmatic middle ground when it came to governing principles.  But when Liberals are running up socialist markers, NDP-lite policies, calling them “progressives” when running for policy lead roles, then we’re left with no real, reasonable, sane alternative in this country to keep the Conservatives honest.  You know, at one time the Liberals actually had a pro-business wing, represented by Paul Martin, John Manley and others.  At one time they didn’t have a reflexively anti-Israel stance on foreign affairs issues or pretend that we existed in a vacuum when it came to enacting environmental control issues.  But those days are gone, we suppose.

So little Zachie, keep the freak flag flying high brother.  We wish you luck in your effort to moor the Liberal party somewhere closer to the shore of common sense, instead of continuing its drift into the “progressive” ocean of idiocy.

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