so many gullible people in this country awash in multiple ponygasms squirted out by the lamestream media:
Media at Justin Trudeau’s feet
Gushing coverage of PM’s computer skills had nothing to do with reality
An important job of the media is to pull back the curtain when politicians try to finesse the news, not cheerlead while they do it.
In that sense, much of the media failed spectacularly last Friday.
It was in their gushing coverage of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s supposed owning of an arrogant reporter, by giving a brilliant explanation of quantum computing at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo.
This to cheers and a standing ovation from amazed scientists.
The video version has gone viral. Except none of it is true.
It was Trudeau who, prior to his media conference, set up the whole thing, saying he hoped someone in the press would ask him a question about quantum computing.
The reporter wasn’t being arrogant. Indeed, he didn’t ask Trudeau about quantum computing as a way of shaming him.
He joked that he would have asked him about it — a light-hearted reference to Trudeau’s earlier request — before posing his actual question about Canada’s role in fighting Islamic State.
Trudeau ignored that (until later) and launched into a brief explanation of quantum computing leading, we were told, to cheers and a standing ovation from amazed scientists.
Except the scientists would likely have cheered Trudeau had he said the moon was made of cheese.
He was there to confirm his government was giving $50 million to the institute for research.
One scientist in the apparent throes of rapture about Trudeau gushed he had earlier revealed an understanding of the famous thought experiment of physicist Erwin Schrodinger known as “Schrodinger’s cat.”
Except anyone who watches the hit comedy Big Bang Theory knows about Schrodinger’s cat, since it was explained, hilariously, in one episode.
Which is not to say Trudeau may not indeed be, as he says, a computer geek who really does understand this stuff.
Maybe it all didn’t come from a staffer who spent an hour on Wikipedia giving him some lines to memorize.
But let’s also remember Trudeau is a former drama (and math) teacher with a flair for the dramatic — his unexpected boxing victory over Sen. Patrick Brazeau — and a sense of occasion — his powerful funeral oration for his father.
Also recall, as someone tweeted, that when Matt Damon’s janitor character solves a difficult math problem in Good Will Hunting, it isn’t an indication Damon is a brilliant mathematician, but a good actor.
And acting skills can be extremely useful to a politician — recall the late U.S. president Ronald Reagan.
The fault here is not Trudeau’s, as politicians try to manipulate the public perception of themselves all the time.
It’s with media outlets like the Washington Post
and Vanity Fair
using the episode to gushingly praise Trudeau, while ignoring what actually happened.
Besides, Trudeau shouldn’t get too comfortable.
As the Toronto Sun’s late, great founding editor Peter Worthington used to say, the media are either at a politician’s feet, or his throat.
Trudeau should enjoy the at-his-feet stage ... while it lasts.
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