[Mark Milke] Poorly informed and careless: How media joined the losers in Alberta election

[Mark Milke] Poorly informed and careless: How media joined the losers in Alberta election

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[C2C Journal] When Jason Kenney and his colleagues smashed up the Alberta NDP government in the recent election with a 55 percent to 33 percent win – a 22-point spread – and 63 of 87 seats, they did so despite much media attention on everything except what Albertans told pollsters they were concerned about: pipelines, jobs, and federal-provincial policy that killed both.

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While Albertans were focused on the province’s hemorrhaging economic situation, many in the media ignored the hard numbers, accepted fake numbers as real, and in some cases complained when offered up the most substantive platform in any election in recent history.

I know, because I had a lead role in designing the United Conservative Party platform. It was a role – and a privilege – which allowed me to follow the arc of media reporting and commentary over the year before, during and after it was released. What I saw reinforced my view that some (but not all) media lack understanding of numbers and a grasp on history, which, despite their best efforts, handicaps their ability to report and analyze what matters.

I will return to this, but first let me explain why I (temporarily) left the policy world to plunge into partisan politics.

When in March 2018 Jason Kenney asked me to help design the election policy platform for the United Conservative Party, I paused.

This article continues at [C2C Journal] Media party the other big loser in Alberta election

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