I honesty couldn’t care less if Don Martin had told his big boss at CTV and Stephen Harper’s ex-communication director Dimitri Soudas to “go fuck themselves” (see here) except as a study on the inside-baseball dynamics of the media in Ottawa.
Yesterday, the first report we had of what happened was from the Sun’s David Akin but then Postmedia’s Glen McGregor waded in much later (see here). Besides McGregor definitely spinning this as Soudas not being able to take a joke, remember, he was with his good buddy Stephen Maher when Maher was kicked out of a Manning conference event.
“As has been reported, I was ejected from a Manning Centre party last night. Today I’m told it was a misunderstanding. Case closed.” (see here)
Not a word was mentioned by any of the clique of “Mean Girls” that make up a select group of Ottawa Hill journos who ‘decide’ what gossip will be the official media topic and what won’t be.
Then this morning, the Toronto Star runs an unaccredited story with an anonymous source saying:
Early news reports on Saturday from the Conservative-friendly SunMedia chain… But a CTV source said this early version of events amounted to a “pack of lies” and witnesses to the event have reportedly told CTV and others that Cope’s name was never mentioned. (see here)
Talk about chicken**** reporting huh?
But my favourite was this gem Tweeted this morning by Maher:
Surely we’re free in this country to make jokes about the director of communications for the Canadian Olympic Committee. It’s not Russia.
To which I replied:
You were there? Also huge contradiction “no comment” on you being kicked out of Manning event but now Tweeting on Martin
I’ll update you if he responds back.
Update: It has been confirmed to me by the news aggregate National Newswatch (who first broke this) that it was Susan Delacourt who wrote the unaccredited Star story