I have sent the following complaint to Troy Reeb, Senior Vice President of News for all Shaw Media:
In the aftermath of the recent Paris tragedy, a popular myth quickly spread that the Conservative Party was seeking to raise funds by exploiting the episode into some sort of broader narrative about the Prime Minister’s foreign policy leadership. It was observed that the Conservative Party website featured a “donate” button above an infographic featuring a quote from Prime Minister Harper in reaction to the tragedy. At 8:26 PM on January 8, Global News Chief Political Correspondent Tom Clark contributed to this gossip by tweeting that the “Conservatives [are] using the Paris massacre to raise money” and that such action “takes some sort of cold blood.” (see attached)
However, as this CBC story http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/donate-button-deleted-on-harper-and-trudeau-anti-terrorism-message-1.2895753 reveals, the “donate” button in question was simply a permanent fixture on the Conservative website, present on every page, regardless of content. Any attempt to portray the Conservatives as seeking to “raise money” from the Paris tragedy thus required a great deal of ignorance regarding how campaign websites work, or indeed, a lack of even cursory research to understand the structure of the Conservative site in particular.
For his part in helping spread this ugly misinformation at the expense of the Conservative Party’s reputation, I believe Tom Clark must offer an official retraction of his January 8 comments.