Postmedia columnist states Conservative Party was behind Liberal candidate story that I broke

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Yesterday, Macleans’ Jame Weinman was forced to correct his story on Liberal candidate Ala Buzreba after I and others pressured him:

(Update 1: Sheila Gunn Reid, who brought the tweets to public attention, points out that she is a private citizen and my choice of words made it sound like she’s a professional opposition researcher; she is not.)

Update 2: The original version of this post didn’t mention Buzreba’s most controversial tweet, though, honestly, if I’d wanted to cover up for her, I don’t think I’d have linked to the article where her mean tweets are quoted. Still, it’s a fair criticism. So here it is, all the way from ancient 2011. (see here)

This adds to my previous post (see here) which shows the Media Party are in full-defence mode after Conservative supporters exposed Buzreba but Michale Smyth of the Province has taken it to another level.

In a column, Smith claims the Conservative Party was behind exposing Buzreba:

The revelation that a young Liberal candidate made idiotic statements on Twitter sparked debate about whether it’s fair to punish politicians for dumb mistakes they made when they were teenagers.

But the more intriguing question is this: Why did the Conservatives, who dug up the offending Liberal tweets, choose to release them right now instead of waiting until later in the election campaign?

In fact it was average Conservative supporters her found the tweets and I was the one who broke the story.

Then Smyth goes into full nutbar conspiracy theory saying the Conservatives only exposed Buzreba to take the pressure off of the Duffy trial:

And even if no evidence emerges tying the Duffy deal directly to the prime minister, the drip-by-drip media coverage of daily courtroom revelations could erode soft Conservative support.

That’s why the Conservatives want to change the channel so badly right now. A conversation about some Liberal nobody’s teenage tweets? Perfect! (see here)

It’s not like Smyth doesn’t know who I am as he used to contact me fairly regularly when I was with the BC Conservatives.

Smyth is either completely incompetent for not even giving a cursory Google search which would have immediately told him who discovered the tweets or he is a blatant liar by running the column knowing it was citizen journalists who outed Buzbrba. His choice.

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2 Responses to “Postmedia columnist states Conservative Party was behind Liberal candidate story that I broke”

  1. Marty Says:

    Ancient 2011? Really?

    The local media party devoured the mayoral campaign of the husband of a woman, based on a “racist” Facebook post ( label the MSM saddled on the comments) from 2010! On other words, also 4 years old. But Gord steeves and his wife had no such excuses made for them by the free press, CBC, and other media vultures who inserted themselves in the story and glorified every grandstanding professionally aggrieved lefty “victim”.

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  2. Sean M Says:

    I would say Smyth is a “blatant liar”, clearly. I mean I suppose its possible that Smyth is so lazy and dumb he can’t use google, its possible. Its more than likely that Smyth is both a “blatant liar” and lazy. Hey when it comes to the leftist nit wits encrusted within the Media, a horribly vile “Liberal” spewing her venomous bile on the internet which forces her resignation is a Conservative “scandal”. I guess in Smyths mind its big bad Stephen Harper’s fault “Liberals” are so hideously intolerant and mendacious.


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