NDP-backed online petition group should pay for 30K+ “bogus robocall contacts”

Now that Elections Canada has officially declared (see here) what we already knew (see here) that the partisan group Leadnow were the ones behind flooding the system with their robospam just to damage the Conservative Party, will they be sent the bill?

Elections Canada hired 14 staff just to deal with Leadnow’s spamming online forms not to mention how many other complaints and investigations may have been delayed or ignored while dealing with this deluge. By the way, Leadnow still continues to spam Elections Canada. (see here)

To me, this is an obvious case of mischief by a politically motivated group and they should now pay the same as any other vandal who has been caught.

 

 

 

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Macleans’ Wells is suppose to be a top-tier pundit right?

I get a kick out of catching journos with egos as large as Macleans’ Paul Wells writing columns that if he had any shame, would be too embarrassed to submit. (see here)

Not only does Wells hide the names of the people he quotes (one is a “friend” of his) he admits to getting these anonymous quotes hanging around a high-end Ottawa steakhouse. How many other columns have been filed by him sipping cocktails with buddies at a place that has $40 steaks on its menu?

In addition, Wells doesn’t mention the extremely important detail that these ‘conservative’ supporters of Christy Clark he references just happen to also be registered lobbyists making big bucks via her Liberal government.

Did Wells not know or not bother to let his readers in on it? Either way, it’s not even close to being worth the huge pay-cheque he takes home.

Nutbar Winnipeg Free Press columnist gets away with Harper lies

One of the best examples of how the newspaper media get away with only paying a minuscule consequences after smearing someone is by the ‘correction’ issued after they are caught.

A columnist or reporter can write wildly untrue and defamatory statements which may be splashed as a full front page story but the newspaper only has to admit its ‘mistake’ in a tiny correction buried deep inside somewhere.

The latest example of this comes from the Winnipeg Free Presses’ Frances Russell who quoted PM Stephen Harper saying that Election Canada officials were the “epitome of bureaucratic evil with leftist axes to grind” and the WFP had to admit it was wrong. (see here)

You tell me if that should be good enough for such a blatant mistake? Also notice that it was printed in their “Local” section although the column originally ran on page A2. My contention is that all apologies or corrections should be forced to be prominently featured in the same place as the original story.

I won’t hold my breath of course as that would actually help make the newspapers be accountable for their intentional smears.

h/t Barbara Myska

Note: My page placement has been pointed out to be inaccurate although it still is an accurate reflective of being placed in an obscure section of the paper

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