Hack Or Flack: Rosemary Barton Edition

By Josh Lieblein

Christmas came early for the Conservatives and NDPers this year as Justin Trudeau became the first sitting Prime Minister to be found in violation of a federal statute, despite the interventions of the “Not A Thing” brigade who tried to downplay, and will continue to downplay this story since it broke last year. (The same usual suspects that couldn’t drone on enough about the so-called “Duffy affair” for two years running and tried desperately to pin it on Harper.)

The Liberals rolled out several damage control strategies, including what was supposed to be a predictable question from Liberal-friendly journalist Rosemary Barton that STILL went disastrously awry.


We at Raving Canuck have had our eye on the Trudeau selfie-taking, Chris Alexander-slaying, Elizabeth May-protecting member of the Social Justice League that currently heads up The National in it’s new God-awful, ratings-suicide format. Some Conservatives were praising Barton for being the person to ask the question about the island trip that Trudeau flubbed, so we have prepared another of our popular Hack Or Flack quizzes to remind them that Rosie the Red is no friend of theirs.

Unlike our last endeavour, where it needed to be shown that Aaron Wherry’s blandishments were indistinguishable from Liberal talking points, in this quiz you get to pick which outrageously Liberal-friendly — or just plain silly — thing Barton actually said or tweeted.

#1: During her recent high-profile interview with retiring Supreme Court of Canada judge Beverly McLachlin, what turn of phrase did she joyfully apply to describe the outcome of the Harper government's clashes with the Court?

Correct! Wrong!

#2: Which journalistic oversight did Ms. Barton commit during the recent group of by-elections?

Correct! Wrong!

#3: December 7 was not a good day for progressives. Three of the following stories broke on that day, but only when Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister thanked the chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for wearing high heels did Barton tweet out "Things that make you go hmmmm". So, which story was Rosie NOT trying to deflect attention from?

Correct! Wrong!

#4: Which happening in the House of Commons elicited a "boom!" from Rosie?

Correct! Wrong!

#5 : When the Canada 150 skating rink opened on Parliament Hill, Barton did the following:

Correct! Wrong!

#6: Rosemary has been very active in commenting on sexual abuse allegations against Roy Moore and Donald Trump. When this non-Republican man was accused of sexual harassment, however, Barton tweeted out: "I really liked [INSERT NAME HERE]. Sigh."

Correct! Wrong!

#7: On Nov. 26th, Rosie took time on the National to throw shade at a Canadian singer's fashion choices. Who was the unlucky victim?

Correct! Wrong!

#8: What excuse did Rosemary use to excuse the PM's absence from QP on Nov 22?

Correct! Wrong!

#9: When Australia complained that Trudeau snubbed them during the TPP talks, Barton retweeted a tweet dismissing this concern as.....what?

Correct! Wrong!

#10: Finally, because doing all of the above has given Rosemary quite the sense of self-importance: What potentially inflammatory term did she culturally appropriate to refer to getting her makeup done?

Correct! Wrong!

See, there’s a reason PM Justin Trudeau thanked Barton as one of his loyal “lickspittles” at the Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner a couple years ago. Whilst some in the audience mistook the PM doing a deadpan joke, it’s more likely he was being dead serious.

And now, for our fun references!:

1. The ignominious quote can be heard at 10:38 here. Curiously, this line didn’t make it into the written summary!

2. Right here. I’d link to the tweet where she retracted or updated it in light of this, but it never happened!

3. Barton’s original tweet is here. On that date, Dec 7, Kent Hehr was found to have been a jerk, Franken’s disgrace was complete, and Trudeau was about to depart the Middle Kingdom empty handed. We would have to wait for Dec 9 for McKenna to tweet out the dying polar bear photo, however.

4.  Right here. Notably, the Trudeau finding of rule-breaking did NOT elicit a “boom!”

5. Retweet of nauseating advertorial for the rink is here, pic is here. National segment where she mentions that you can’t play hockey on the rink, but doesn’t follow it up is right here.

6. Yuck.

7. Got to go right to the end for this one. Slagging another woman’s fashion choices is SUPER FEMINIST, BTW.

8. Because the best SCORCHING HOT TAKES always defend the Prime Minister and the Liberals.

9. It was a “highly effective diplomatic strategy”, according to Barton’s retweet, anyway.

10. Here. And she didn’t even name or credit the lady who did her makeup!


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