The Manitoba NDP led by Greg Selinger are currently looking at being wiped-out in the upcoming April election and the Media Party are panicking, looking at every way to attack the poll-leading PCs led by Brian Pallister.
A perfect example is this hit-piece from the CBC titled “Manitoba PC’s request called incompetent. Tories ask Winnipeg journalists for donations to fight NDP attack ads”:
An email fundraising campaign by the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives makes the party look bad, says political scientist and professor emeritus at L’Université de Saint-Boniface, Raymond Hébert.
The email was sent to several Manitoba journalists, including at least two at CBC. (see here)
How is this a hit-piece you ask?
- notice the name of the CBC reporter is not included as a by-line
- also omitted are the names of the journalists who are said to have received the donation requests
- the professor quoted is a well-known socialist
- it’s common practise for journalists to sign-up to receive fundraising emails from political parties
Now, the only question remains is whether Pallister will make the same mistake as Stephen Harper and allow these types of direct attacks to go unchallenged or did he learn that you must fight back?