Monday, June 4, 2012

DOG HOUSE POLITICS: CBC CAN DO BETTER

On the way back from work tonight, I caught an interview that the CBC carried out with the perceived Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.

In the the lead into the interview, Sunday Edition host, Micheal Enright, indicated that the show was having some difficulty nailing down the interview. The location and time had changed. They ended up interviewing the man, who could one day be president of the United States, at his summer home early on a Sunday Morning.

The interview started with some serious questions about the nastiness of the race for the Republican nomination, what Mr. Romney wanted in a running mate and his vision for the nation. Than the interview deteriorated into a personal attack.

Enright lobbed a question about the governor's habit of transporting his dog to their summer home in a kennel attached to the roof of his car.  Romney, who made time in his hectic schedule to speak with what he perceived to be the voice of Canadian news, from coast-to-coast was offended. He suggested the issue was not important, what was important was what he stood for, where he wants to take his nation, his crusade against "socialism".

Like a rabid dog to a bone, Enright kept pressing the issue.

Frankly, I found it heard to believe that in this age of professional campaigns, that Mr. Romney's wife would answer the phone, the dog barking in the background. Surely, the interview would have been vetted with his media advisers. One can only gather that a coast-to-coast interview with the Republican nominee (un-official) with the CBC was an opportunity for Romney to introduce himself to America's closest ally. Who could have imagined that the intend was to embarrass and humiliate the man? What was the purpose?

Way back in 1983, the Romney family embarked on a 12-hour drive from Massachusetts to their summer place in Grand Bend, Ontario. Since there wasn't enough room in the car for the families Irish Setter, he was  fastened, in a kennel, to the roof of the car. Poor old Seamus, Though Romney suffered a bout of diarrhea that forced Romney to pull over at a gas station and hose off the car.

Crate-Gate rose to attention in 2007 in Massachusetts. Now that the governor is seeking the presidency, it has resurfaced.

As a long term supporter of the CBC, I was disgusted with the approach. I like Micheal Enright. When I hear his voice, I want to listen to the program. He is engaging and informative, not enraging and objectionable.

I am more interested in future relationships with the United States, Romney's policies and what kind of President he might make. I would prefer news about the White House not the dog house.

 Paint me disappointed! 



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