Liberal-CBC pollster Frank Graves: Conservatives a "haven" for bigots
Just hours -- minutes? -- after posting his non-apology apology, in which he professes deep, deep regret for calling Conservatives bigots, Liberal-CBC pollster Frank Graves called up the Globe and Mail to take it all back.
He really does think the Conservatives are the party of bigots.
Here's his Globe un-apology:
But in an interview today with The Globe and Mail to explain his apology, Mr. Graves went on to say that polling data shows the Conservative Party “does seem to provide a haven” for people with xenophobic or homophobic views.
I think this is 100% acceptable for a Liberal partisan to say. In fact, it's pretty much been the standard Liberal line for twenty years.
The only reason this is remarkable news is that:
1. It proves my point that Frank Graves is a shifty-eyed liar;
2. It confirms that his advice to the Liberals (that they seem to be taking) is that pitting the country against itself is their operating strategy; and, most importantly
3. That for the CBC to call this Liberal activist a "neutral pollster" is a joke -- but they're the butt of it.
Graves has every right to hate the Tories and call them names. He has every right to give advice to Michael Ignatieff, even the most toxic advice. Ignatieff has every right to follow that advice.
But for the CBC to pretend none of this is happening, to pretend that their Liberal pollster isn't a Liberal, and to continue to act in defiance of their own ethical code of conduct -- that's not Grave's problem, it's the CBC's problem.
And it's a problem they don't seem to give a damn about.