The “Wafergate” story just won’t die. First we had the original non-story pre-empting news of Canada’s role at the G8, then yesterday we had the source of the story, the Telegraph-Journal, stating: “There was no credible support for these statements of fact at the time this article was published,” and “The Telegraph-Journal sincerely apologizes to the Prime Minister for the harm that this inaccurate story has caused.”
One would have thought that would be the end of a story that should never have been a story in the first place. Instead we have the conspiracy theorists who believe—or mischievously try to convince Canadians—that the federal government applied pressure to an Irving-owned newspaper to facilitate its new shipbuilding proposals.
If I believed in conspiracies, I’d be looking for the Grit who conspired with the publisher and editor to plant the story in the first place. Steve Janke’s piece in Full Comment is more plausible.
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