You're right, I wasn't quite clear enough -- he starts by saying the PM said something, then says, "as far as I know, he never said this." Making s**t up
to feed the base for effect or continuing to spread admittedly fake news = #CredibilityDemerits
Actually, what he says is that the quote is "Attributed" to the PM and has it in parenthesis. He then goes on (in the footnote, where it belongs) to explain that to his knowledge the PM never said that, as he should admit; but as he's said some pretty remarkable things, it doesn't seem that far out there.
I'll go ahead and assume you're just as dogged and willing to pick gnat excrement from pepper any time you've heard someone attribute the line; "I can see Russia from my house!" to Sarah Palin.
Many a well known quote is often wrongly attributed. When using a quotation, one pulls a little damage control by noting that something is "Attributed" as having been said by someone, rather than doing additional hours of research to nail it down. Additionally, you can use what I think of as "The Old Globe and Mail Trick" of juxtaposition to put two ideas side by side in order to inter-relate them in the mind of the audience.
That the quote in question is poetically appropriate to the attitudes we often face here in Canada is thus very useful in this instance and to juxtapose it with the PM through it's popular attribution is clever. To then note both the attribution and dedicate a footnote to it is to go much farther than most of our own professional journalists in the CBC, Toronto Red Star, ect would, especially when treating an ideological opponent.
Hateth not the player, but rather; the game, sir.
As long as the reality check in question matches one approach or desired result, not another, right? That's what I meant about, "it's all great doing what the neighbours want us to do until we don't like the neighbours anymore."
Same same to the very few I've seen on social media calling for the U.S. to invade Canada to allegedly knock some sense into our system. The few who've called for that haven't answered my question: what happens if/when the American government swings back to Democrats? American Revolution 2.0? #AllAgreeableUntilYouDisagree
I know what you meant and it's not germane.
What any of us *want* isn't the point. The point is that this is a real concern and that bigger, stronger nations intervening in the policy of less powerful ones in order to safeguard their interests is an established fact of history. Our public policies can affect our neighbor and they in turn may choose to protect their own interests.
Basics of a large nation, with a small population and a minuscule military, next door to a richer nation, with a much larger military. "Wants" and "Feels" don't enter into it.
I clicked on the link out of curiosity...wish I hadn't....
Caveat emptor....the link has spam popups....like most "credible" sites....
I'm sure the CBC is only too happy to provide something more palatable for you.
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