After witnessing the death of Canadian journalism when the Globe and Mail sent out two of its reporters (for over a year) to dig into the Rob and Doug Ford’s family – uncovering alleged hash deals from the 80s (see here) and the media collecting money for the alleged Rob Ford crack video (see here), the idea of the Media Party having spent equal time unearthing the prostitute that NDP leader Jack Layton used while a Toronto city councillor cropped up in conversation.
Many in the media were fully aware of the Layton massage parlour story as it had been shopped around by Liberal operatives:
Andrew Coyne – “Actually, somebody did tell me a couple of months ago this was floating around”
Jonathan Kay – “For those who care, someone tried to shop me the Layton-massage story 2 yrs ago (without docs). It was a Liberal fixer”
Yet they all collectively spiked it and even when Sun News finally revealed it, Layton’s defenders in the Media Party came out to condemn and/or ridicule the story:
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”
Kady O’Malley – “This is not an official police report but a contemporaneous account by the source”
Now, imagine the Media Party’s reaction if I were to set up an on-line collection system to hire a private investigator in order look into who Layton’s hooker was and her connections in the prostitution and possible immigrant human-trade underworld.
They would support me right?