Columnist has entrenched bias

When you read Tom Fletcher’s column, appearing weekly in the Observer, you might bear one salient fact in mind

When you read Tom Fletcher’s column, appearing weekly in the Observer, you might bear one salient fact in mind.

His wife has been, for years, a public relations officer in the Christy Clark government.

This may explain why his remarks usually sound like the hardest of hard-line support for nearly everything Christy Clark’s government does.

Perhaps that’s why he denies human-made climate change. Ms. Clark publicly claims that she doesn’t, but then pushes for fracking expansion (which she whitewashes with the term LNG) and increased sales of coal, with relentless indifference to greenhouse gas production.

In the Oct. 19 Observer, Fletcher disparages First Nation’ and others’ concerns about the recent oil spill from the tug owned by Texas-based Kirby Marine. The tug was pushing an oil barge down the inside passage. It ran ashore and then sank near Bella Bella, spilling several hundred thousand litres of oil and contaminating clam beds and other Heiltsuk Nation food sources nearby.

Fletcher conflates Bella Bella’s dependence on sea-borne oil to power community electricity generators with the shipment of oil to Alaska through the fragile ecosystem of the inside passage simply because it’s more convenient.

He also equates visiting Bella Bella with “viewing it from the deck of the BC Ferries vessel.”

I went out on a recent clear night and viewed the moon. I really don’t believe I was visiting it.

Interacting seriously with people about real issues is not the same as watching (or writing about) them from afar.

Christy Clark’s ex-husband, Mark Marissen, runs PR firm Burrard Communications, and lobbies for Pacific Future Energy, promoting a tar sands refinery on the BC coast. Marissen still serves as an advisor to the BC Liberal government.

Christy Clark, Tom Fletcher – both serenely untroubled by such “details.”

Oil-soaked conflict of interest, anyone?

 

 

Warren Bell