Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Your Add Here

There's a big brouhaha in the blogosphere over accusations that Tories (and BC Liberals) have been buying news stories on Bourque. The way I see it, politicians buy news stories indirectly all the time so I think it's great that they've cut out the middle man. Better to spend a couple thousand tax dollars on the link than a couple billion dollars to get news by announcing a GST cut.

Regardless, many Liberals no longer consider Bourque a credible news source so I will do my best to provide unbiased news links to stories on this site. Here are a few which caught my eye today:

Muslims flock to Harper

Success: Three days in and still no gaffes for Ambrose in new portfolio!

Harper increases female Cabinet representation by 17%

Tories blow past Liberals in latest poll

Great winter weather here to stay with Tory environmental plan!

"What you have seen is [...] a shift toward a nation of tree-huggers," - Dion

Dion to step down within a year


  • You have a great sense of humour that perfectly captured what has been going on.

    Headlines that don't quite match the content in the supporting links.

    Too bad no one is paying you for this.

    Yours are more credible than Bourque's have been lately.

    Did anyone catch the mini drama between Pierre Bourque and Warren Kinsella yesterday?

    Pierre's link to Warren's "statement of regret" disappeared very quickly when Kinsella "outed" him.

    Pierre's credibility is basically in tatters and I'm guessing 6,000,000 hits a month is a thing of the past.

    For those looking for an objective news site where headlines can't be bought or sold and the headlines reasonably reflect the story content, try National News Watch


    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 6:46 a.m.  

  • LOL.

    Most of these news portals like Borque and Drudge are total crap.

    By Blogger Red Tory, at 7:02 a.m.  

  • If those headlines were paid for by the Tories in the last election, and there was no notation saying they were paid for by the conservative party of Canada ...

    Then, wouldn't that be a violation of election spending and advertising laws?

    By Blogger Hammering Jow, at 7:32 a.m.  

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  • Thanks Tpraja, but that hardly addresses my query.

    By Blogger Hammering Jow, at 9:17 a.m.  

  • Looking at Bourque,today,there is one headline that seems to favor the Conservatives,(Baird on the enviroment), and one that favors the Liberals,(Khan's defection and Gill's appointment as judge).

    So am i to assume one was paid for by the Conservatives and one by the Liberal's?Bourque ran quite a few headlines on Ambrose which were not very flattering.Who paid for thes?

    I've seen headines on Bourque favoring and criticising both parties.If Bourque was actually writing columns and being paid too i'd have a problem.As he only links to other news media seems fine to me.

    By Blogger paulsstuff, at 9:38 a.m.  

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    By Blogger Hammering Jow, at 10:04 a.m.  

  • I don't understand who broke this story? Suddenly everyone is aware of it, but I can't tell where it began. Kinsella posted links to the story so I'm assuming he didn't break it. Has Borque commented at all? How come BC Libs, Ont Cons, Fed Cons are being targeted as to doing the paying? Sounds like there's a lot of speculation and not a lot of substance???

    By Blogger Scooge, at 10:14 a.m.  

  • It's true and Pierre Bourque is quite open about how his site is financed and what he offers.

    The whole Dion citizenship issue brought it to a head because of the non-disclosure that repeated daily coverage was being paid for.

    The headlines don't always reflect the story content and frequently are blatantly biased.

    And there is no disclosure as to which headlines have been paid for and which have not. That is what is at issue.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 10:29 a.m.  

  • Does the LPC pay the Star and Globe for its headlines? What about the editorial content?

    If Gloria Galloway is married to a paid liberal staffer she indirectly obtains monetary benefit from the liberal party. Is that considered a campaign expense when she says nice things about the liberals and bad things about the conservatives?

    Things must be quiet in Ottawa with all the non-stories making the rounds.

    By Blogger renegadejet, at 3:43 p.m.  

  • I cracked up on the Muslims flock to Harper link... hahaha.. good one!

    By Blogger mezba, at 5:38 p.m.  

  • There are lots of columnists writing opinion pieces and their political views are often widely known.

    It is when the reporting of news is biased and when the bias is purchased without disclosure, that a problem exists.

    When headlines are purchased from donations subsidized by taxpayers there are ethical and legal issues to be examined.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 7:07 p.m.  

  • Once again,someone please answer.I've seen negative stories about Harper and the Conservatives on Bourque in the past and one today as a matter of fact.Who paid for these ads?

    I don't know and either do any of you,the same as no one knows who paid for the links to Dion articles making him look bad.

    And someone get Cherniak some cheese to go with his ongoing whine about Khan.

    By Blogger paulsstuff, at 8:31 p.m.  

  • I don't want to beat a dead horse here.

    Today's one negative story about the CPC may be an attempt to try to restore credibility.

    Too little too late, I'd say.

    From mid December until yesterday there was an easily identified pattern that CG parodies.

    Not all headlines are paid forbut that is exactly the point.

    The ones that are paid for are not clearly identified as being partisan ads.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 12:02 a.m.  

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