Green Party Elizabeth May was at her Truther best last Saturday as she threw out the above tweet about a massive train accident in Sarnia Ontario. One big problem – it never happened.
Given the potential significance of an incident that large and the recent train tragedy in Lac Megantic Quebec, [mayor of Sarnia] Bradley said the national media were quick to react to May’s erroneous tweet and he fielded numerous reporters’ calls Saturday.
“Because she is the leader of a political party, she gives it credibility,” he said. “When she sent out that tweet, it got all the media in a frenzy. There should be a correction out from her office by now.” (see here)
And as before when May has been caught telling lies, she deflects instead of accepting blame and apologizing for her unbelievably irresponsible behaviour:
When contacted by The Observer Monday, May’s chief of staff Deborah Eindiguer said the Green Party leader had acted on the word of a single source who she would not name.
“The source is not willing to go public,” Eindiguer said. She said May did not attempt to contact CN before she tweeted about the incident in the rail company’s yard.
“She didn’t double check the information,” said Eindiguer. “And she still believes the rail cars jumped the track.”
May went on vacation Monday and her chief of staff said she had not received Bradley’s email or any indication May had got her facts wrong.
Here we have a leader of a national political party caught rumour-mongering on an extremely sensitive issue yet not a single reporter who saw and followed-up on it called her out until this story appeared today – 4 days later.
Just don’t hold your breath waiting for the media members to come forward and admit they read May’s erroneous tweet yet said nothing.