In comments on this post, we were talking about Dion's CTV interview, and I learned that many people may not know an important piece of this.
Interviews are re-started, and bits of interviews re-done, all the time. When an interviewee gets tongue-tied or flubs an answer, those portions are edited out. If you're being interviewed on tape, you can say, "Can I take that again, please?". They'll say sure, you start over, and that spot is edited out. It's common practice.
People at CTV made a conscious decision to run this interview unedited. It's dirty. Will CTV be running unedited interviews of Harper any time soon?
For the last two years, the Globe and Mail - owned by the same company as CTV, of course - had been tough on Harper. They are more conservative than me, of course, but I was pleased (and frankly, impressed) that they actually did their job: consistently criticized the Government. Until the election was called. Since then they've given Harper a free ride, and of course, their endorsement came out yesterday.
I also agreed with Gilles Duceppe about a double-standard for francophones in English Canada. But for me, the more immediate issue is CTV unfairly inserting itself into Harper's campaign. It stinks.