Tin Foil Hats Too Tight?

Things are getting so desperate for the Liberals and their cronies they have resorted to attacking conservative bloggers, more specifically the Blogging Tories for what they say is a deliberate attempt by the CPC to sway the outcome of the election. From Nealnews,
Elections Canada has been asked to investigate the Conservatives after allegations the party is overseeing a group that operates partisan on-line Web logs.

Canada's election watchdog received a complaint yesterday from a disaffected party member who claims the Tories tried to sway political opinion in cyberspace in the leadup to, and during, the election by setting up the popular "Blogging Tories" website.
I thought I had seen and heard it all. Evidently Tory dissident Carole Jamieson and a fellow by the name of Eugene Parks are claiming that the Conservative Party of Canada created the Blogging Tories and that they may be in contravention of election finance laws. News flash: if either of you had bothered to do an even minimal amount of research you would have discovered that the Blogging Tories was created by Stephen Taylor and Craig Smith long before there were even thoughts of an election call. Duh. I suppose it's so much easier to fling poo hoping something sticks as opposed to actually researching your allegations.

So what evidence do these two super-sleuths extraordinaire have to back their claims? Firstly, they state...
The site [Blogging Tories] appears to be a coalition of like-minded individuals who have met in cyberspace to share their political opinions and express their frustrations with Paul Martin's Liberals.
Appears to be? We are. There is nothing seemingly about us. We are most certainly a group of like minded individuals blogging on issues we feel passionately about no different than the Progressive Bloggers, Liblogs or Blogging Dippers. But I fail to see the connection between us supporting the CPC and us being their creation. Secondly they allege...
Parks said he was approached by senior Conservative MP Diane Ablonczy in December 2005 after a Tory caucus retreat in British Columbia and asked to head what he described as a preelection initiative on behalf of the party. "At the time I was somewhat willing, but my loyalty to the Conservative Party was somewhat shaky," he said.
Again I declare had they bothered to do any research they would have discovered that the Blogging Tories site was in high gear a full year before that supposed encounter.

I find it ironic that a couple of people who can't even be bothered to engage in a minimal research effort would make such libelous claims about a group of people who pride themselves in research. Here's a little nugget - last spring the Liberals announced a flurry of patronage appointments, 450 in one month to be exact, as a possible snap election hovered over their heads. If you want to be bothered to check out the story Eugene and Carole you can do so here. That's an example of research. You may want to try it sometime.

For further reading see Stephen Taylor's comprehensive reply.


cross-posted to Rite Turn Only

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