The stupid, it burns!
Yesterday following that awful crash at the Niagara Falls border crossing, somebody in Pierre Poilievre's office was listening to Fox News when they jumped the gun by calling it a terrorist attack and saying it was all Biden's fault.
Well, here in Canada we can't have that -- it must be all Trudeau's fault!
So the CPC staff jumped the gun and fed the story to Poilievre.
Who jumped the gun and called it a terrorist attack. Which turned out to be wrong, it was just a terrible accident.
But of course, nobody in the Conservative party, including the leader, can ever accept responsibility for any error, no matter how trivial, by just saying "sorry, I made a mistake" or even using the Political Passive Aggressive tense of "a mistake was made".
So if Poilievre can't blame Trudeau and can't blame the Liberals, he will of course blame the Canadian media. At his Routine Proceedings blog, Dale Smith picks it up from there - Roundup: Trying to falsely blame CTV:
At his media availability yesterday, Pierre Poilievre was asked if it was responsible for him to declare the explosion on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls to be “terrorism” before anything was confirmed. And what did Poilievre do? True to form, he attacked the Canadian Press reporter asking the question (including lying about the substance of the corrections that a recent CP story made to a story about comments he had made), then lied about why he said “terrorism.” Poilievre claimed this was from CTV reports, and tried to get the CP reporter to try and denounce CTV. The problem was that CTV didn’t publish anything before Poilievre began his questions in QP. And what we do know is that Fox News was definitively calling it terrorism, as were several disinformation merchants who pose as journalists over Twitter. But rather than admit that these were his sources, Poilievre lied, continued to lie, and then post the video of him attacking the CP reporter to his followers, because right-wing populism has a huge hard-on/wide-on for putting people in their place (particularly if they’re vulnerable minorities or someone they suffer no repercussions for attacking, like media).And then things got stupid online, as Poilievre’s fans and apologists kept trying to “prove” that CTV was still the source, really, relying on screenshots that came from a different time zone. And at least two MPs shared these screenshots before they were called out and deleted them.I will say that between these lies, and the ones he has been telling about the Canada-Ukraine trade deal legislation, it seems to finally shaking up some legacy media outlets to actually start calling him out on them. Somewhat. Some outlets are still egregiously both-sidesing the lies, as they always do, but you had Power & Politics host David Cochrane finally interjecting in places saying “That wasn’t true,” or walking through the timeline of lies in the case of yesterday’s attempt to blame CTV. It’s not nearly enough, but it is a start, but we’ll see how long it can actually last.
Maybe that is happening already:
Paul Wells has an interesting analysis out today about Poilievre's antics -- his substack piece is called The Fool Pierre Poilievre knows this is a show. For now it gives him power.
Wells continues to discuss Poilievre's various ineptitudes:...In Shakespeare, the figure of anarchy who knows more than the other characters is the Fool. The Fool works for the head of a noble household, mostly to distract him. Even schoolchildren get the Fool immediately: He’s smarter than everyone and he says things nobody else dares to. In King Lear he’s shockingly blunt to the king who’s given his kingdom to the wrong daughters. “I am better than thou art now: I am a fool, thou art nothing.”There’s always room for Fools in a world of cardboard piety and imposed consensus. Poilievre has already come further than the hall monitors could have imagined. His Tarot hand includes cards with the faces of Richard Nixon and Ezra Levant. People who want to make him fit have had a hard time of it.The thing about the Fool is that he rarely gets to rule.
Returning to the Niagara Falls accident:...Your average press gallery scrum may lack the agility to react when Poilievre pulls out the joy buzzer and the exploding cigars, but that’s because a scrum is an environment of deep ritual. Most of governing is more improvisational. It’s one damned thing after another. Airliners blow up, forests blaze, there’s a premier or mayor or Substacker whose rhythms aren’t leadenly predictable. In its quantum randomness, the real world looks more often like German MEP Christine Anderson’s visit to Canada than it does like the courtly rituals of a scrum. And Poilievre made a lurid hash of Christine Anderson’s visit.....
...He was trying to be the smartest guy in the room by making a big bet on limited information. Terrorism was a plausible but untested hypothesis, and his only evidence was, by his own repeated assertion, of questionable authority: the people in the teevee. But he went ahead anyway, because whatever you think about Pierre Poilievre, he thinks he’s a damned genius.
Canadians need to think about what kind of a prime minister would this guy be. Wells concludes:
I think Poilievre would turn out to be our Fawlty Towers Prime Minister:I have come to think of this instinct as Poilievre’s fondness for Crazy Ivans. You get the reference. In The Hunt for Red October, Jack Ryan needs a break so he predicts the Russian sub will suddenly turn to port. It does and he looks like a genius, so his U.S. Navy minders trust him to make more decisions. But he was bluffing. He had no idea which way the sub would turn.Pierre Poilievre is turning out to be terrible at calling Crazy Ivans. He bought in at the top of crypto. He marvelled at the Alberta model for opioid treatment, at the beginning of the deadliest year for drug fatalities in Alberta history. He clapped for the Nazi like everyone else. This week he was reduced to berating reporters because they were skeptical about reporting.Part of the Fool’s power is that he understands his limits. Those who don’t find the smirk doesn’t last long.