Almost everyone now implicated


 

CTV’s Bob Fife reported last night that it was a Liberal source who tipped off the Telegraph-Journal publisher to the wafer story.


 

Almost everyone now implicated

  1. These types of media mistakes with their hands caught in the Liberal cookie jar, fuel the belief that the MSM is Liberal friendly.
    What a huge black eye for media types.

    • How anyone can continue to say this after the way the MSM savaged Stephane Dion is beyond me…

      • Mr. Dion deserves a lot of credit for braving through the negative ads.
        He should resolve and fortitude….one time, after the Steve Murphy/Mike Duffy/Harper pile on, he showed anger.

        • Oh Max… The people you named are only some of those who routinely went about tearing Dion to shred in the press. For a politician to receive negative media coverage is not, in itself, extraordinary. I just think that everyone can agree that Dion's treatment at the hands of the MSM was particularly vicious. More so than what Harper ever got from that group when he was in Opposition.

          So the suggestion that there is a Liberal bias in the press overall is just silly. There is a bias indeed but it doesn't tilt towards Liberals or Tories. The bias I find is that the MSM tends to favour political gamesmanship over substance and/or sound policies.

  2. Will MI give the 'Liberal source' a one time pass?

  3. The liberals passed it onto to the publisher, who passed it onto the editer? At what point did the actual reporters of the story become involved? Or didn't they?

    Ship bulding contracts, people. Think ship building contracts.

  4. ZOMG! A Liberal tipped off a newspaper to a story. Such a dastardly thing like a politician or political operative tipping off the press has surely never happened before.

    Anyway, this latest round of biscuit, biscuit, what did he do with the biscuit finally prompted me to have a look at the video that was probably faked by the Liberals on a movie stage somewhere (look at the shadows, they don't line up!). Now the camera clearly shows Harper taking the cracker from the priest and it clearly shows he didn`t eat it in the five to seven seconds he remained in the picture. So what did he do with it.

  5. Some reports have him eating the wafer later, after having asked a nearby Catholic what to do with it.

    http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/07/canadian-communi

    Maybe in the mean time he was picking his teeth with it. The only drawback with these theories is, if Harper realized the wafer was food, wouldn't he scarf on it immediately?

    • if anyone really wants to know the answer to this question ask the Liberla senator who watched him eat it! PS: in Harpers church they take the wafer and eat it later in private and or with close friends back at the pew.

  6. I hear Ryan Sparrow chirping in the tree-tops.

  7. Actually Aaron, Fife suggested a little more than that they "tipped" off the TJ. According to Fife, they "passed" the story to the publisher, who gave it to the editor, who put it in the paper unchecked.

    I don't know who Fife's source is, but if this allegation is true, we have the Liberal Party manufacturing a scandal story out of thin air, then giving it to a friend who runs a major newspaper, who put it in the newspaper unchallenged, without even checking it out first.

    And people wonder how the media can be accused of Liberal bias?

  8. Actually Aaron, Fife suggested a little more than that they "tipped" off the TJ. According to Fife, they "passed" the story to the publisher, who gave it to the editor, who put it in the paper unchecked.

    I don't know who Fife's source is, but if this allegation is true, we have the Liberal Party manufacturing a scandal story out of thin air, then giving it to a friend who runs a major newspaper, who put it in the newspaper unchallenged, without even checking it out first.

    And people wonder how the media can be accused of Liberal bias?

    No wonder Kinsella is trying to kill this story.

    • When did Bob Fife becoming anything more than a pass-through conduit for the PMO?

  9. I could be wrong here, but didn't a woman complain to the priest and it went from there?

    Bob Fife is like a kid chasing a fire engine…….he just can't wait to try to have the first story….often wrong (i.e. Ben Muroney running for the Liberals).

    Besides, who cares – the paper went for it and made an issue of it.

  10. No Wherry, all of us are not implicated—-most of us know the LeBlanc family, the priest involved, and PM Harper had nothing but respect and dignity in their hearts at the funeral of a good man. It was the media and the Harper-Haters who turned a solemn occasion into a fabricated circus—-ask the LeBlanc family how they feel about that.

    Poor Kady O`Malley has been up all night wondering how this could happen—-just think for a minute—-the Harper–Haters in the media show they are wiling to go to any lengths to embarass PM Harper even telling lies in an attempt to revive old Catholic–Protestant conflicts. So, can you see how a Harper-Hater senior member of the Catholic Church in NB might jump to a few unsubstantiated conclusions himself and utter out loud what he would like to happen to PM Harper. That`s all there is to this story—-a bunch of Harper-Haters feeding of each other`s lies. Instead of staring at your belly-buttons, I would suggest more apologies from all of you and a promise to act like better journalists in the future.

  11. 'Harper Haters?' Let's all pretend that we're back in Grade 3.

  12. I'd be interested to hear from any of the Maclean's staff reading this on the matter of parties "tipping off" reporters.

    How often does it happen?

    Is it a practice that tends to come more from any one camp?

    Is it something journalists tend to dread, enjoy, accept or ignore?

    My sense is that your inboxes are regularly filled with tips and suggestions from all kinds of "sources", and that the only thing unusual about this wafer case is the seeminly deplorable means by which innuendo was turned into published fact by a publisher and an editor.

    Anyway, as always I appreciate your perspectives.

  13. I'd be interested to hear from any of the Maclean's staff reading this on the matter of parties "tipping off" reporters.

    How often does it happen?

    Is it a practice that tends to come more from any one camp?

    Is it something journalists tend to dread, enjoy, accept or ignore?

    My sense is that your inboxes are regularly filled with tips and suggestions from all kinds of "sources", and that the only thing unusual about this wafer case is the seeminly deplorable means by which innuendo was turned into published fact by a publisher and an editor.

    Anyway, as always I appreciate your perspectives.

    EDIT: By parties, I probably should have said partisans. Who knows where the tip came from.

    • SeanStok. Reflecting on a couple years in this town, I suppose it's safe to say there's nothing uncommon about those with vested political interests suggesting you look into this or that. Speaking only for myself, I'll say that my reflexive reaction is to avoid posting something that's been sent to me by someone with a political motive. Sort of how I tend to ignore news releases. But surely a few of things that have ended up here—though maybe less than one percent of the total posts—were items I heard about from someone who has some connection to some political party or another. It would be rather difficult to write about this place without ever speaking to such people.

      All that said, I struggle somewhat to understand what the tip would have been in this case. I suppose someone might've suggested that it was worth checking on what Harper did with that wafer, but there's not much of a story to write unless that monsignor publicly demands an explanation. And I believe the monsignor was originally quoted as saying it was brought to his attention by a fellow member of the church or some such.

      It is almost impossible to know what happened here without speaking with the two reporters, the paper's former editor, the paper's former publisher and the monsignor.

      • Thanks Aaron – I always appreciate hearing things from your side of the fence, particularly when the bias/conspiracy accusations are being thrown about.

        Agreed about the "tip". It's not like they published a story that Harper was eating babies, on the word of some anonymous Liberal. The video and public statements were out there for all, and it's not like the church or that priest has spoken up to say they were misquoted.

  14. Rather then trying to blame senior Liberals or senior Catholics for manipulating the media it might be a good time for certain members of the media to take responsibility for their own actions.

    If the media would have a less partisan slant to their work they would be less likely to be victims of Liberal manipulation. Liberal journalists are actually hurting their cause by their extreme partisanship.
    It`s why more and more people are reading blogs as opposed to newspapers
    It`s why PM Harper sees no benefit in him speaking to the Ottawa media.
    And it`s why it`s so easy for the Conservatives to raise money—-the MSM won`t give us a fair shake so send money and we`ll get the message out.

    • (playing air violin)

      • Actually Nero. the instrument you want is the fiddle, as the present day media burns itself out.

  15. How very true …