Today we learn that Chuck Cadman's widow is disputing certain aspects of journalist Tom Zytaruk's story of the alleged attempted bribery of her husband, a sitting MP, by Stephen Harper's Conservative Party.
Keep in mind Dona Cadman is the Conservative candidate in her riding for the upcoming election, and it's not as if the Conservatives aren't known for freakishly controlling their candidates. Simply look at what happened with one time Conservative candidate Mark Warner in Toronto, as but one example.
Today's article is entitled "Cadman widow disputes journalist's story" in which various claims are made such as Dona Cadman's claiming that Zytaruk was not introduced to Harper.
Welcome to proving a case by way of proving the null state, or the absence of something.
It’s hard to ever prove the absence of something, as the null state can seldom be proven to be absolute, such as:
“Dona said Zytaruk wasn't in the house that day”
“Affidavits by Harper and two of his aides also say Zytaruk did not turn his tape recorder on and off as he interviewed Harper outside the house.”
This is no doubt an essential argument that the CONs would like to advance, since the turning on and off of Ztraruk's tape recorder is no doubt the alternative explanation for the alleged "splices" in the tape and the CONs allegation that the tape was "doctored".
How credible is it that Harper and his aides can remember or even have been cognizant of Zytaruk turning off or on his tape recorder in an interview of three years ago, when Harper's Cjief of Staff, Ian Brodie can't even remember what he said to a reporter four months ago that led to the so called NAFTAgate international incident that potentially could have affected the US Presidential election? Or Maxine Bernier not ever remembering the act of leaving confidential and classified government documents in the home of his girlfriend?
Boy, do these CONs ever have selective memories. Either that or they think Canadians are gullible fools, ready to accept any bold assertion the CONs may come up with. Like 18 pages of blacked out documents as the policy rationale for Canadians losing $35 billion of their hard earned savings. Those blacked out documents only served to conceal the fraud that was being perpetrated under the guise of the innocuously named Tax Fairness Plan. Sheesh.
It's much much Easier to prove the presence of something. as follows:
Zytaruk: "I mean, there was an insurance policy for a million dollars. Do you know anything about that?"
Harper: "I don't know the details. I know that there were discussions, uh, this is not for publication?"
Zytaruk: "This (inaudible) for the book. Not for the newspaper. This is for the book."
Harper: "Um, I don't know the details. I can tell you that I had told the individuals, I mean, they wanted to do it. But I told them they were wasting their time. I said Chuck had made up his mind, he was going to vote with the Liberals and I knew why and I respected the decision. But they were just, they were convinced there was, there were financial issues. There may or may not have been, but I said that's not, you know, I mean, I, that's not going to change."
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 9:01 AM