Further unproven allegations of media manipulation by the provincial Liberals were made this morning in court. This, according to our colleague Bill Tieleman, who is covering the Basi-Virk case. But, in a stunning show of political agility rivaled only by beached whales and constipated hippos, the New Democrats didn't ask government about those allegations during today's question period. Meanwhile, Liberal House Leader Mike de Jong declined to discuss the matter, telling Public Eye, "I'm not going to talk about what's going on in court today." So are you aware of any media manipulation which has been undertaken the Liberals in the past or present, we pressed. "No," he responded. "And I'm not going to talk about what's going on in court today." For her part, Deputy Premier Shirley Bond said she was "absolutely not" aware of such activities. Meanwhile, the premier's chief of staff Martyn Brown didn't stop to talk with Public Eye when we asked him about the allegations on his way to caucus. Earlier, we reported the Liberals have a history of media manipulation, which isn't connected to the statements being made in court by defense lawyer Kevin McCullough.
April 23, 2007