(Rarely do I defend a political figure, and I really don’t know enough about this person to say I do or do not endorse her, but I still don’t think it’s fair to “frame” anybody for a crime they did not really commit.)
Canadian media has been going wild over the collapse of the Wildrose party. Danielle Smith, the former leader of the recently dissolved party, has been accused of hypocrisy for telling others not to defect from the party, but then defecting herself.
The accusation of hypocrisy is problematic for many reasons. First of all, Smith telling others not to leave, but eventually needing to leave herself is understandable.
A good analogy is a human pyramid. When people start leaving the pyramid, obviously you attempt to keep the pyramid together by telling people not to leave. However, if too many leave, (and for a “rival” pyramid that is actually quite similar,) eventually there comes a time when one has to call it quits and say that perhaps the best thing to do is for the two pyramids to merge. Thus, it makes sense for someone to tell people not to leave, but to eventually have to leave as well.
Furthermore, the Alberta Wildrose and Alberta PC parties are both conservative parties. The federal “Liberal” and Conservative parties of Canada are already fundamentally indistinguishable. There’s no point in the media focusing on bickering between parties that are fundamentally the same. All this does is serve as a distraction from the fact that we are being ruled by a one-party system. Thus, it’s a good thing for parties that are fundamentally the same to eventually merge so a REAL opposition can emerge. (I still think direct democracy is far superior to representative democracy though.)
Furthermore, people in the Canadian media are merely exploiting this incident so they can pretend they care about “hypocrisy” and the public. People working in mainstream Canadian media are the most shameless, elitist hypocrites of all. For them to exploit this to pretend character even matters to them is an extension of their hypocrisy. Why don’t they report on the extreme hypocrisy of Harper condemning attacks on children in Pakistan while supporting the GENOCIDE of children in Gaza? Why is there no discussion of the extreme hypocrisy of condemning ISIS while cozying up to Saudi Arabia?
Nothing is more disturbing than people in mainstream media pretending they themselves have character. (Honest journalists and news people are sidelined or fired.)