Saturday, November 14, 2009

Conservative MP Shelly Glover: Bringing the stupid.


Ridiculously dishonest or massively retarded? You make the call:

Free water bottles too political: school division

A Manitoba school division is turning down an offer of free water bottles for students because the items display a politician's name and party logo.

Shelly Glover, Conservative member of Parliament for St. Boniface, wanted to donate an unspecified number of bottles to the Louis Riel School Division.

"What we discovered was that there was some personal information on the bottles," Marilyn Sequire, chairwoman of the school division, told CBC News on Friday. "Because we have a policy that doesn't allow that, we had to regrettably decline."

Sequire said distributing the bottles would have violated division policy.

"It's very simple," Sequire said. "It's just related to our policy that we have that does not allow us to distribute anything in the schools that is overtly, even slightly, political."

And here's where the massive stupid truly kicks in, as Glover blatantly misrepresents the issue:

Later Friday, Glover told CBC News that she was simply trying to show support for the students. She expressed disappointment with how the issue had been reported.

"When politicians get proactively involved to try to make a difference, I think we should be commended and not have the media turn it into a scandal or some kind of a terrible, negative story," Glover told CBC News.

"I'm going to continue to help these kids. They want the help and I'm going to be there with them."

This is what you call "arguing in bad faith," or something like that, as Glover totally ignores the controversial aspect (the political branding) and proceeds to bitch and whine about how terrible it is that she can't help those poor kids by giving them water bottles, as if that was the issue.

The most unfortunate part is that, sadly, the media still has to be as objective as possible, and simply report Glover's reaction to this when, in a truly just world, that news piece would have read something like:

"What we discovered was that there was some personal information on the bottles," Marilyn Sequire, chairwoman of the school division, told CBC News on Friday. "Because we have a policy that doesn't allow that, we had to regrettably decline."

Sequire said distributing the bottles would have violated division policy.

"It's very simple," Sequire said. "It's just related to our policy that we have that does not allow us to distribute anything in the schools that is overtly, even slightly, political."

By way of response, Glover said something so unbelievably fucking inane, irrelevant and off-topic that it's now clear she shouldn't be trusted with anything more complicated than a toilet brush, and everyone who voted for her in the last election should simply be slapped.

Now that would be must-read news coverage.

5 comments:

thebanana said...

But, but, but...what about the children?

Ti-Guy said...

I could detect Zintar Sirs's (sp?) eye-rolling over the radio when he reported that she claimed she was supporting French immersion with this cheap little stunt.

Stay away from the kids, you political drug-dealer.

Cherniak_WTF said...

If the cunt really cared, she'd give En/Fr dictionaries or something useful...

sooey said...

What the hell do school children need bottles for, anyway? Do schools in Manitoba not have drinking fountains?

Doctor Cynic said...

I hope those bottles don't contain Bisphenol A, which was banned by none other than Canada's New Government (TM).