An unaccredited story in the National Post (which I called the biggest garbage story so far here) listed 57 ridings “targeted” by robocalls during the election has now been discredited after two ridings proved not to have had any dirty tricks being done.
This list was provided to the media by the Liberals and NDP but a Liberal candidate and a NDP party president both have come forward to say their two riding were clean:
“There’s just no way that I can add any fuel to this fire, if there is a fire,” said Wolfgang Ziemer, who was the NDP riding association president in South Shore – St. Margaret’s, N.S. during the campaign. “I have no idea how the riding got on (the list).”
The defeated Liberal candidate in Wellington – Halton Hills, Ont. also said the campaign in his riding was clean, despite the fact it was on the party’s robocall list.
Barry Peters said he doesn’t recall hearing about any suspicious calls either while out door-knocking nor back at the office. (see here)
Will the National Post now do a full retraction and apologize for taking information from opposition parties and running it as gospel? We will also need the name of the journo and editor involved so we can weigh past and future stories accordingly.