Video: Laureen Harper is one classy lady

You just have to love Laureen Harper. Who else would think to include the campaign tour bus driver’s birthday in with her husband’s celebration?

Layton massage parlour story and the media’s coverage

We should count ourselves very fortunate that we have Sun News now competing against the very comfortable media establishment here in Canada.

Sun News broke the story about Jack Layton’s massage parlour visit yesterday (see here) and the first reaction from the established comfy media was to attack Sun News and tone down the story.

The CBC, Globe and Mail, CTV,  Star, Canadian Press, Post Media couldn’t ignore the story but all ran a sanitized version with Layton claiming this to be a “smear” against him.

The individual journalists thought that the Sun running the story was beneath contempt:

Macleans’ Andrew Coyne“I guess all I can say is I’d rather be caught naked in a massage parlour than fully clothed working for SunNews”

And this morning we get the obfuscation angle so they can pretend to not report on it for ethical journalistic reasons:

CBC’s Kady O’Malley“This is not an official police report but a contemporaneous account by the source”

The problem for them is that no one believes for a second that if it had been Stephen Harper caught in the same situation, all these holier-than-thou reporters wouldn’t be jumping all over it in a heartbeat.

Also: See Blazing Cat Fur here on Andrew Coyne admitting to knowing about this story months ago and Small Dead Animals showcasing that the MSM no longer have total control on what is news here

NDP ghost candidate is back from Vegas vacation

The media poster child for so many of these phony candidates only put originally in place to collect the $2 vote subsidy and fill out their roster for the NDP is now back from her vacation.

The Globe and Mail reports that Ruth Ellen Brosseau has a chance of winning although doesn’t live in the area (and may never have even been there), has not campaigned one single day and doesn’t speak the language in this French dominated riding. (see here)

NDP candidate found! Running another’s campaign that is

Of all the stories about ghost NDP candidates this one takes the cake.

Toronto NDP candidate Nicole Yovanoff for the riding of Don Valley West has turned up as the campaign manager for Tania Cameron 1,300kms away in Kenora. (see here)

Damaging leak to Star from “high-ranking [Con] sources/insiders”?

Call me sceptical, but I find it hard to believe that “senior party insiders” AKA “high-ranking sources” in the Conservative Party all ran to the same Toronto Star reporter whose normal beat is Ontario provincial politics saying that a majority is out of reach.

Robert Benzie sure does seem to me like an unlikely journalist to be on the hot-line to “party sources” and “plugged-in” Tories. (see here)

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