There isn’t a better example of a newspaper protecting the Liberals than this from the Globe and Mail.
A story that originally ran in the New Yorker included this about Trudeau’s top adviser Gerald Butts being good friends with Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon:
Bannon has become friends with Gerald Butts, a longtime political adviser to the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. They met in New York during the transition and now talk regularly. Bannon sees Butts as a sort of left-wing version of himself. (see here)
Well, that sent shock waves through the Ottawa media circles as Bannon has been portrayed basically as a Nazi by them with multiple stories being run (see here, here, here, here), the most scathing being an op-ed from the Globe and Mail’s Adam Radwanski:
It becomes harder every day to be seen as friends of this administration without some guilt by association. (see here)
Because to the media, it’s one thing to hold your nose while dealing with these vile Trump people but quite another to be friends with them!!
And the Globe headline writer echoed the column’s sentiment, loudly:
But then a funny thing happened to that original headline, it was replaced by this one:
That pretty much changes the tone 180 degrees and doesn’t represent the column at all.
Now, did the Globe and Mail get a phone call from the Liberals telling them to change it or did a complicit, Liberal-friendly editor get it done without being told?
Be nice if a few of you would file complaints with the Globe’s public editor Sylvia Stead (see here) to find out, I’d do it but she doesn’t really care to hear from me: