Did TSN Cross The Line?
I usually try not to delve into politics on this blog, but since this relates to one of Canada’s major sports networks, I think it is necessary to point this out.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared on TSN Radio’s Cybulski & Company with James Cybulski this afternoon. Now 364 days a year, 365 on most, I’d have absolutely no problem with this. Harper loves sports and when he’s talking about it, he is okay on sports radio. The problem is when he comes on national sports radio on election day and basically campaigns.
First I find this unethical on TSN’s part. They are a sports station. They should be completely avoiding political issues most of the time anyway (unless it is somehow sports related), let alone on election day. James Cybulski has reported that Michael Igantief and Jack Layton were invited, but declined. I’m not saying Cybulski and crew are biased against the left-wing parties. The fact that they invited three politicians on the air on election day shows that the station has no standards regarding this sort of issue.
I’ll admit that I didn’t hear the whole interview (if anyone has a copy, let me know I’d love to hear it), but from what I heard Harper said some things that he shouldn’t have. One that I caught is the following.
[When it] comes down to a low tax Conservatives economic plan or a high tax NDP economic plan
Now the problem is two-fold. The first mistake was by TSN for having a leader of a political party on a sports radio station on election night. Sports stations quite simply shouldn’t be doing that. This is the issue I want to point out on here. The second problem was that Harper clearly tried to sway voters his way. He may have even broke laws by doing this. It is worth noting that this isn’t the first time today this issue has came up regarding Harper. On that interview he said the following
It is certain that I will vote, and I encourage all other people to vote, and I encourage people to do the same as me and vote Conservative.
So, that is my sports related political rant for the night. Enjoy the election, or the NHL, tonight. I do hope that everyone goes out and votes this evening though. You have a right that those in Libya are giving their lives for. Remember that.
More to come on this if, and when, I get to hear the whole interview.