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Old 10-18-2022, 10:48 AM   #2601
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The fact you can't perceive that the same phenomenon occurs on both sides of the spectrum is indicative of your own bias. For every Western Standard there is a PressProgress. People are increasingly uncomfortable with confronting viewpoints that challenge their own beliefs and consequently gravitate towards unreliable sources that reinforce their views.
Well, there are far left news outlets, but there are relatively few people who will say, "the Globe and Mail prints nothing but lies and propaganda; what you need to read is the Tyee and the Narwhal, they'll tell you how things really are". There's almost no one like that on the left. There are MANY people who say those sorts of things on the right about their preferred sources of reality.

Of course the flip side is that CBC news will have correspondents from both of those outlets regularly appear on their TV to say whatever they like without much protest, whereas you're not likely to see someone from the Rebel do the same. So... there's that.
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The fact you can't perceive that the same phenomenon occurs on both sides of the spectrum is indicative of your own bias. For every Western Standard there is a PressProgress. People are increasingly uncomfortable with confronting viewpoints that challenge their own beliefs and consequently gravitate towards unreliable sources that reinforce their views.
I don't read Press Progress, but this indicates they are better at factual reporting than Western Standard. I'm not really sure they can be compared like that, but hey, everything has an equivalency, right?

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/press-progress/

I don't gravitate towards unreliable sources, I mostly get news from the CBC(I can already hear the screams of Liberal bias...)Global, CTV, BBC, The Line, and check in on the crazy side occasionally to see what kind of grift Rebel is running for the day. I'm not sure I ever seek out a "far left" publication, unless someone links a story.
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But thatís the point, how can you make fun of something thatís already out there and doing it on its own without even trying? I think most people know about the WS and Rebel because they pop up on mainstream platforms now and again but pretty easy not to take seriously let alone create a parody account out of, to me at least.
I would suggest you don't immediately buy into headlines, social media posts, and viral messaging without confirming the source, the journalists who said it, and the context/narrative in which they are speaking.

Alberta politics or beyond, the best defense against the rapid pace of news dissemination, opinions, misinformation and half-truths is to question everything and validate against multiple sources.
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Old 10-18-2022, 11:03 AM   #2604
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If we're being totally fair, there are many things that the most left leaning posters on the board would swear up and down is totally right, but couldn't rationally justify if their lives depended on it, usually having to do with moral positions on specific events or issues.
Such as?
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Well, there are far left news outlets, but there are relatively few people who will say, "the Globe and Mail prints nothing but lies and propaganda; what you need to read is the Tyee and the Narwhal, they'll tell you how things really are". There's almost no one like that on the left. There are MANY people who say those sorts of things on the right about their preferred sources of reality.

Of course the flip side is that CBC news will have correspondents from both of those outlets regularly appear on their TV to say whatever they like without much protest, whereas you're not likely to see someone from the Rebel do the same. So... there's that.
The Narwhal is a climate focus publication isn't it? I'm sure its left wing based on that but it isn't an outright political publication (assuming you see some separation from climate and politics)
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Old 10-18-2022, 11:33 AM   #2607
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You used to be able to have discussions with people and disagree. Afterwords, you could hangout and be good friends. One of my very best friends and I have that relationship where we argue over politics respectfully, never agree, and move along as friends anyway. Politicians used to be that way also.
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Willing to share an example of a non-starter policy?
I don't know what the current NDP provincial platform looks like but some recent examples from other elections:

Alberta Party (provincial) - was seriously looking at them until they added universal dental care to their platform.

Liberal (federal): their lack of priority for national security and national defence. Not that the UPC is much better however.

If (for example) the provincial NDP would have campaigned on the changes to the electrical power system they made (I don't recall if that was part of their platform) that would be an example of one that would probably disqualify them from my vote.

I've never been a 'strategic' voter, I've always tried to match a candidate or party that most closely resemble my values. In an ideal world I would prefer to vote FOR something or someone rather than a against someone/something.
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The Narwhal is a climate focus publication isn't it? I'm sure its left wing based on that but it isn't an outright political publication (assuming you see some separation from climate and politics)
There's obviously a lot of overlap between climate and politics, especially in terms of news reporting.

Yes, it's an environmental publication for the most part, but not exclusively; for example they also publish a lot to do with First Nations issues. And it's not even like I'd say I always disagree with their spin on an issue, but they clearly have a particular agenda and ideology. The point is that there is less of a prevailing attitude of total abandonment of mainstream news sources among people on the far left than there is on the far right. I'm sure you could find examples to the contrary but it seems much less prevalent an issue.
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I read this and realized it sums up my feeling very well too. I've voted some form of conservative every election since I turned 18 (still remember the 1988 federal election being my first one). PC, Reform, UPC, CPC, I think I may have even votes Social Credit once as a form of protest. But today's UPC leaves me in a very bad spot personally as traditionally Liberal and NDP policies are very much different than my personal values in many ways. I too feel like I don't have a political home anymore. I also realized last night that I need to differentiate between the federal and provincial parties more when voting. For example there is no way I could ever consider voting NDP federally (or even Liberal for that matter) but there perhaps is a way I could convince myself to go NDP provincially. It probably depends on their platform, if there are some non-starter policies in there then they are off the table too and I don't know what I'll do.
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I don't know what the current NDP provincial platform looks like but some recent examples from other elections:

Alberta Party (provincial) - was seriously looking at them until they added universal dental care to their platform.

Liberal (federal): their lack of priority for national security and national defence. Not that the UPC is much better however.

If (for example) the provincial NDP would have campaigned on the changes to the electrical power system they made (I don't recall if that was part of their platform) that would be an example of one that would probably disqualify them from my vote.

I've never been a 'strategic' voter, I've always tried to match a candidate or party that most closely resemble my values. In an ideal world I would prefer to vote FOR something or someone rather than a against someone/something.
Wait, so you voted for a Jason Kenney led UCP because you didn't want poor people to get fillings?

There were no deal breakers for the UCP that you thought were worse than free dental care?
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Wait, so you voted for a Jason Kenney led UCP because you didn't want poor people to get fillings?


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Not if it's Campbell's Chunky. Allegedly it eats like a meal.

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Alberta Party (provincial) - was seriously looking at them until they added universal dental care to their platform.
Can you explain how dental care is appreciably different from other forms of healthcare? Gingivitis, for example, can cause all sorts of complications such as bone infections and periodontal ligament damage.
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LOL, dental care.

If people can't pay for their dental care over time, they get extremely sick and then become a massive burden on our socialized healthcare system. So, you're already subsidizing people who can't afford dental care, just at the back end of their problems when they're beyond repair and now it becomes a greater health system problem.
Beyond that, it dramatically effects that person's quality of life. Try getting a good job with bad teeth, etc.

If one part of our health care system is socialized, it is damn foolish not just to socialize it all.
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Wait, so you voted for a Jason Kenney led UCP because you didn't want poor people to get fillings?

There were no deal breakers for the UCP that you thought were worse than free dental care?
I didn't say I voted UPC. They also had some personal deal breakers.
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https://forum.calgarypuck.com/showth...30#post8464330

Just think we should move the discussion around crappy media to an appropriate place at the thread linked above.
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Count me in as another lifelong conservative voter who won't be voting UCP this election. I'm still debating between the NDP and simply staying home, but either way I can't justify a UCP vote with Danielle Smith in charge.

Hated her back in her Wild Rose days, hated her when she crossed the floor, still hate her now. Worst thing the PC's ever did was allow the Wild Rose loons into the party (which speaks volumes about them as well). I can't believe this party actually voted her in. What a bunch of complete and total morons.

It's a shame because I actually like my UCP MLA, but I can't vote UCP.
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Count me in as another lifelong conservative voter who won't be voting UCP this election. I'm still debating between the NDP and simply staying home, but either way I can't justify a UCP vote with Danielle Smith in charge.

Hated her back in her Wild Rose days, hated her when she crossed the floor, still hate her now. Worst thing the PC's ever did was allow the Wild Rose loons into the party (which speaks volumes about them as well). I can't believe this party actually voted her in. What a bunch of complete and total morons.

It's a shame because I actually like my UCP MLA, but I can't vote UCP.
write them a letter and tell them as much. Maybe they will move onto another party.
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I didn't say I voted UPC. They also had some personal deal breakers.
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I read this and realized it sums up my feeling very well too. I've voted some form of conservative every election since I turned 18 (still remember the 1988 federal election being my first one). PC, Reform, UPC, CPC, I think I may have even votes Social Credit once as a form of protest. But today's UPC leaves me in a very bad spot personally as traditionally Liberal and NDP policies are very much different than my personal values in many ways. I too feel like I don't have a political home anymore. I also realized last night that I need to differentiate between the federal and provincial parties more when voting. For example there is no way I could ever consider voting NDP federally (or even Liberal for that matter) but there perhaps is a way I could convince myself to go NDP provincially. It probably depends on their platform, if there are some non-starter policies in there then they are off the table too and I don't know what I'll do.
I assume "UPC" above was a typo and you meant to write "UCP".
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