(UPDATED): Victoria Times-Colonist Editorial on Christy Clark’s MILFness Ghost Written by Pamela Anderson???
Well, c’mon, you didn’t think I was going to be kind about this, did you?
How else would you describe such an embarrassing piece by an editor of a major daily? It was so utterly daft–well beneath contempt.
In what must rank as one of the most absurd and pathetically assembled commentaries written by any editor of any paper in the history of this province, David Obee, the relatively new editor of the Victoria Times-Colonist–Western Canada’s oldest paper–penned a column yesterday on Christy Clark’s now infamous, recent interview, with Courtenay’s JetFM, when she was asked by morning man ‘Drex’ how it felt to be a MILF (‘Mommy I’d Like to Fuck’).
The clip of the interview went viral thanks to this blogger and Laila Yuile’s fine efforts. The MSM, as per usual, at least one week to ten days behind, were led by Obee, whose contrived outrage about judging women and excuse making for Clark’s stupidity, were so shameless that I think he should get Rich Coleman’s pay cheque this month.
Oh, what the hell, throw in Harry Bloy’s as well, and add Pamela Martin’s, too.
And it was retweeted by whom? Vaughn Palmer, who sat on his hands through the matter.
It’s a fact, that too many times I’ve thought of calling it a day here. The kids are getting older. They need me more. I’m getting older–I need me more!
But then you’d be left with editorials like Obee’s that defy logic, reason, accuracy, and are absent of balanced journalism. And Palmer retweeting it, for what? As an example of how not to write a piece on women in politics?
Obee’s attempts at logic go something like this: The Premier did the best she could under the circumstances. Drex was a twit, who should have never asked such a question of the Premier, but then again, she’s only getting criticized because she’s a woman, and those of us levelling the poor gal, are meanies anyway.
Oh, yes, and Christy’s a “hottie.”
Obee actually wrote that. Yes, the editor of BC’s longest running paper used that exact term. He’s slamming critics as being Grade 7 level maturity, and yet he writes like one. This was all much ado about nothing, my darlings, just those dreaded bloggers and their vendettas against Christy, poor thing, she’s doing the best she can.
Although, Obee did bring himself to admit that there’s much to fault the Premier for.
Thank Heaven for small mercies.
What a complete fool! This was an editorial worthy of print, in a serious newspaper??? Christy’s a hottie? See, I told you Pamela Anderson writes for Obee. There can be no other explanation. The excuse machine in full flight, it was one of the most pathetic pieces of writing on Clark I’ve ever seen.
Look, it’s simple: Christy should have handled this deftly–with total ease. “Sorry Drex, that’s not appropriate, please ask me something respectful of my position and as a representative of this province, thank you–or the interview will need come to an end.” Honestly, I would have cheered. Obee claims, without a hint of shame, that it wouldn’t matter, the ravenous hounds in the blogosphere would have assailed poor, sweet Christy regardless.
The great tragedy here is that Obee, minus any really sound perspective, didn’t even bother to do some research. Simple research, that you would expect of even a beginner journalist.
Stringing together a pattern on this isn’t difficult.
Clark is now at the epicenter of her fourth major controversy, centered around her looks/sexuality/flirtatiousness.
My, what a dignified premier.
Hanging off union workers at photo ops on the docks (as one well-known reporter put it, “I thought she was going to stick her tongue down the foreman’s throat; she was totally embarrassing.”); the cleavage question (notice how Obee ignores that she stopped wearing such low cut blouses after David Schreck appropriately pointed out that the legislature is not a cocktail bar); the suggestive invitation to go kitesurfing, in the nude, with Richard Branson (maybe old sour-sack was on to something) and now the MILF eruption.
Notice a pattern? Anyone?!
How come only Christy Clark gets treated like a sleazy high school cheerleader, whose yearbook has ‘Old Faithful’ etched on the back cover???
Obee missed that, too. He missed that at the Amanda Todd ‘Bullying’ forum, a couple of weeks earlier, Clark said: “As women we need to respect ourselves, first…” Obee ignored Clark’s inanities and lies to the two plastic mannequins on that religious program earlier this year, about seeking divine guidance.
This was the same Clark???
He ignored Clark, and simply read from BC Liberal speaking notes for all I could decipher.
Look, this isn’t rocket science, folks.
From the moment she announced she was going to run for the BC Liberal leadership, Christy Clark has purposely sexed up her image in the hope that she will court enough of the male vote to draw in females, too. It’s a strange alchemy that didn’t work for Sarah Palin very well at all, I don’t know why it would work for someone who isn’t anywhere half as attractive–although more stupid–if that’s at all possible. When Clark was at NW, her numbers within key female demographics (ones Simi Sara has managed to retain with ease) actually stunk. Christy knew going into this gig that she was disliked by women, but instead of working to reverse that trend, she’s going after the NASCAR dads, while completely ignoring the soccer moms. She’s a MILF. Tits and teeth, thanks, she revels in such an image. Her fanciful photo ops at ice rinks and bizarre interviews on religious programs were nothing more than futile efforts to show she was a decent sort, in the fully mistaken hope she’d gain some ground.
But she’d still act like the hostess at a strip bar.
The reality is, she’s not advanced past the beer swilling, pot smoking, ‘Old Faithful’ image she had through SFU, as a waitress at the Blue Boy, in Ottawa as a junior staffer and at NW as a loudmouthed federal Liberal spike.
She comes off as trashy. An image she plays off with ease.
Of course, it’s as natural for her to act like a tramp as it is for you and me to breathe.
Nothing complicated here: The Premier acts like a floozy on a bender, and that’s okay for some. Well, not for the vast majority of women, who reject such ridiculousness.
And to think that the editor of the Times-Colonist believes it’s okay to toss all this on those nasty people that are attacking her because she’s a woman; Obee’s position is entirely objectionable deflection. He should hang his head in shame, and in so doing, decide whether he’s the editor of a major daily in British Columbia, or works at the Public Affairs Bureau, collecting orders from the ‘Dragon Lady.’
‘Drex’ only did what came naturally (although it was still incredibly stupid). Fair enough.
But how come no one ever spoke to Carole Taylor like that? Olga Ilich? Carole James? Alison Redford? Danielle Smith?
Want to have a near-death experience, lose a limb or have your head removed guillotine-like? Ask Dianne Watts a question like that? Go on, I dare you.
Christy Clark has shamefully attempted to turn a hyper-sexualized image into political currency–for her, it couldn’t be more clear–that’s job one. And it’s precisely why women HATE her–and will never come back.
On the other hand, ‘Drex’ and Sir Richard Branson only went with what was so painfully obvious: Clark acts like it’s three AM and she’s been drinking heavily with you at the bar all night.
And you both know how it’s going to end.
MILF? Yeah, maybe Christy was right.
For her, that just might very well be a compliment.
A sure step up.
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I’m back Saturday with the old ‘Ask Alex’ post. You get to ask whatever you like. I get so many damned questions through the year, and rarely post replies as I’m in the midst of bringing you the news the MSM are, most of the time, too timid, or to biased to report.
I’m looking forward to it. Lots of fun.
And then one more post for this year on Monday with the stories of 2012.
UPDATE: The Vancouver Sun, in their lack of wisdom, ran Obee’s foolish piece as a guest editorial this morning. Typical. Can’t imagine who arranged for that. And I just finished listening to blogger Laila Yuile do an admirable job on NW. She was a guest of Mike Smyth. What gets me is how Smyth, who’s lost considerable steam in calling the BC Liberals out on their horrific record–just in the last few months–actually agrees with Obee and presumably Palmer who retweeted Obee’s column, that this is much ado about nothing. Move along folks, the Premier’s acting like an over-caffeinated high school good time girl; no big deal, totally appropriate. Perhaps women will stop reading them. And! I LOOOOOOVED how the BC Liberals stacked the phones!!! Maybe they can get different voices than the revolving set of ‘Daves’. LMAO!!! Gotta hand it to Mike Morton and Co. Just like Basi and Virk said, the phone stacking and dirty tricks would all come back…
The bottom line for me is this: If we accept this type of behaviour by a sitting premier as appropriate, what message are we sending young women, who want to enter political life?
As someone pointed out long ago (and then went out and proved it), “style over substance can be a very dangerous thing.”