National Post Drinks Fraser Instituteâ€™s Bathwater
The Fraser Institute is winning 6-0, at least in terms of The National Postâ€™s coverage of its flawed study on stimulus. On March 24, The National Post reported this study on its front page while its business section, The Financial Post, ran an op-ed by the studyâ€™s authors.
A couple of days later, The National Post published a column by Lorne Gunter endorsing the study. About a week later, The Financial Post featured another op-ed by the studyâ€™s authors, a column by Terry Corcoran that endorsed it, and a column by Peter Foster that also endorsed it.
So, the Post has printed a total of six pieces promoting the one Fraser Institute study! Meanwhile, it has printed nothing on the other side of the debate, not even a single letter to the editor.
Of course, the Post is a right-wing newspaper, so I am not surprised that it agrees with the Fraser Institute on stimulus (and other issues). However, I have tended to respect its past willingness to engage with opposing viewpoints. But on this item, the Post has fallen far belowÂ any standard of fair play.
UPDATE (April 7): The score is now 7-1.