Even after Elections Canada and former Supreme Court Justice made definitive, unambiguous statements pretty much putting the so-called “robocall scandal” to bed, The Huffington Post, and especially Althia Raj, are still banging on about that faux scandal.
Here’s the opening paragraph of a recent Althia Raj story on the subject:
Michael Sona, the only person charged in the robocall scandal, says the federal government’s Fair Elections Act does not go far enough to stop fraudulent calls or to empower investigators.”
“[T]he only person charged in the robocall scandal….” Really? The only one? So was the CBC telling us a porky—as the English like to say—when it wrote on August 24, 2012 the following?
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has found the Liberal riding association in Guelph, Ont. guilty of violating the Telecommunications Act for its use of an automated robocall in the last federal election.
“The phone message from a fictitious woman told voters that Conservative candidate Marty Burke opposed abortion but failed to inform people that the call was from the local campaign of Liberal candidate Frank Valeriote.”
I’ll accept the CBC’s Aug. 2012 story as factual, leaving Raj’s story as, at best, misleading. If you are insisting on banging on about a story that’s past its best-before date then, at least, give an accurate background, which means sometimes having to include inconvenient facts.
Mind you, that would involve, in this case at least, the intimation that the Liberal party is not perfect—and Raj couldn’t allow that, could she?