Tim Naumetz uses University of Toronto Professor Peter Russell as a source in his latest anti-Harper piece but omits letting his readers in on some of Russell’s background.
Russell retired from the U of T in 1996 and was used as an expert witness by the Liberals during the defamation lawsuit brought on by PM Stephen Harper against the Liberal Party for accusing Harper of being aware of “financial considerations” offered to entice Chuck Cadman to vote along with the Conservatives. (see here)
Conservative spokesman Ryan Sparrow also notes in this article that Russell is a “close friend and fishing buddy” of then Liberal leader Stephane Dion.
How is it possible that Naumetz did not know the background of this source? No one can convince me that an ethical journalist would not even bother to do a basic Google search prior. (see here)
Also: Check out earlier post on CBC’s Kady O’Malley using (and not disclosing) a Liberal blogger as story source here