Media Party story of “shadowy” Conservative fundraising group blows up in their face

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The cloak and dagger story about how a group raising money to fund Conservatives in Canada was started by iPolitics’ Elizabeth Thompson:

Mysterious conservative group finds way around political spending limits (see here)

Which Macleans’ Paul Wells then references in a column and doubles down by calling this group “shadowy” (see here). Lazy Journalism 101 – regurgitating another Media Party member’s anti-Conservative story.

But the lie falls apart after Thompson runs a second story quoting NDP, Liberal and Green MPs clutching their pearls:

Conservative group risks bringing in big-money US style politics to Canada: critics (see here)

Because besides failing to mention all the foreign money Lefty groups like Tides brings into Canada (see here) Thompson buries this near the end:

While critics say the group is taking advantage of loopholes in Canada’s political financing law, former Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley disagrees.

“It is not a flaw in the law, this is not a loophole,” he explained in an interview. “People outside of the electoral period can organize themselves as they wish. They can pick up money from any source they want. This is called freedom of association and freedom of speech.”

Now, if Macleans’ Paul Wells had an ounce of integrity, he would retract and apologise for smearing this legitimate conservative group.

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Opposition leaks Foreign Affairs memo to Citizen’s Berthiaume who then misleads what memo states

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A perfect example how giving any government internal information will be immediately used by the opposition parties and Media Party to attack the Conservatives was this piece by Ottawa Citizen’s Lee Berthiaume:

Canadian diplomats have quietly warned members of Parliament that the “best weapon” for fighting the Islamic State is diplomacy and finding a “political solution” — a message that appears to run counter to the Conservative government’s emphasis on military action.

Yet the memo states:

“Military operations are a key component in defeating ISIL…” (see here)

But why would Berthiaume let facts get in the way of his agenda right?

The opposition is now fully exposed willing to feed friendly reporters government documents as is the Citizen for torquing the contained information in order to help them out in return.

 

CP’s Jennifer Ditchburn omits mentioning CTV’s Don Martin agreed to ban CRTC chairman from TV show

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In a bombshell of a story broke by the Globe and Mail’s James Bradshaw who exposes his ultimate boss, Bell Media’s Kevin Krull for sending out an order to CTV News president Wendy Freeman demanding the chair of the CRTC be banned from appearing on-air:

After the call, sources say, Ms. Freeman contacted CTV staff to tell them of the directive from Mr. Crull and not to use clips of Mr. Blais, telling some she felt she would be fired if they did not comply. Other CTV employees were concerned for their jobs, according to a source.

Mr. Blais was booked for an interview on the CTV show Power Play at 5 p.m., hosted by Don Martin. But minutes before the show went to air, CTV cancelled Mr. Blais’s appearance. A CRTC spokesperson confirmed the cancellation, but said no reason was given. Instead, the program led with Mr. Martin discussing the decision with Mr. Bonnell. (see here)

That takes a lot of guts to out your boss and full marks to Bradshaw for doing so especially compared to how CP’s Jennifer Ditchburn didn’t mention Don Martin agreeing to ban Blais in her follow-up story and even going so far as to report Freeman refused to follow Krull’s order:

The Globe report said CTV Ottawa bureau chief Bob Fife, along with chief anchor Lisa LaFlamme and Freeman, ultimately refused to abide by Crull’s edict for the evening national newscast. (see here)

Ditchburn is obviously trying to protect Freeman and Newman from any further public scrutiny and has a history of conflicts of interests when it comes to other news organizations like the CBC which I filed an official complaint about (see here) and Brian Lilley picked up for his book CBC Exposed:

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Thinking it may be time to file another complaint.

Trudeau’s wife admits extramarital affair to reporter?

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During a lunch interview with Global News’ Laura Stone, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire had this to say when asked about Trudeau denying there was ever an extramarital affair:

“Ask if whatever happened in our lives – I’m not saying it did or didn’t – as if we would answer that.”

She puts down her fork and looks across the table.

“I can tell you right away that no marriage is easy,” she says.

“I’m almost kind of proud of the fact that we’ve had hardship, yes, because we want authenticity. We want truth. We want to grow closer as individuals through our lifetime and we’re both dreamers and we want to be together for as long as we can.

“I’m happy that we had to go through that.” (see here)

Tell me she didn’t basically admit it.

Liberal Michael Bryant killed cyclist in ‘self-defence’ now criticizes Harper’s gun-defence comment

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It’s take a stunning amount of gall for Liberal Michael Bryant who was charged with criminal negligence causing death (see here) after he struck and killed a cyclist:

to state PM Stephen Harper was advocating people take the law into their own hands when it comes to rural residents defending their homes:

“It’s not Canadian law,” said Bryant, who was attorney general from 2003 to 2007. “It’s vigilantism. People are going to find themselves facing the criminal justice system and being charged with serious crimes if they decide to follow what the prime minister is suggesting.” Bryant expressed concern that people will assume that they have a right to use their gun in self-defence at home.

“Canadians should not listen to the prime minister on this one at all. Resort to common sense. We don’t live in the wild west. We live in a country of law. And we have a criminal law that puts enforcement and protection in the hands of police, not in the hands of citizens.”

“He’s just wrong under criminal law, under constitutional law and it’s just incredibly reckless of him to do that,” said Bryant, who is part of the Coalition for Gun Control. (see here)

And also imagine the lack of journalistic ethics it takes for the Ottawa Citizen’s Mark Kennedy to omit mentioning Bryant’s flaming hypocrisy.

Also: See earlier post where after interviewing him, CBC’s Amanda Lang refused to disclose her relationship with Bryant to me (see here).

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