The Fraser Institute is winning 6-0, at least in terms of The National Post’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 study’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 study’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 below any standard of fair play.
UPDATE (April 7): The score is now 7-1.
- Are average Canadians paying too much in taxes? (April 24th, 2013)
- Fraser Institute Sunshine List (April 4th, 2013)
- Tales from the Mouth of the Fraser: Climate Change Denial Edition (February 25th, 2013)
- Why The Income Inequality Deniers Are Wrong (December 21st, 2012)
- Unionization and Labour Market Performance (August 31st, 2012)