Jane Taber of the Globe, in her POLITICAL NOTEBOOK of today, has reported on the supposed ethical dilemma that Don Martin of the Calgary Herald has placed himself, although Jane reports on the “ethical dilemma” as if it is one of someone else’s creation. Not so.
Three days ago, CAITI made an offer of a $10,000 reward for a copy of Harper’s so called dirty tricks manual. The offer was made to anyone with a copy of the manual. The $10,000 offer was necessary because Don Martin of the Calgary Herald, the only known third party person with a copy of the manual, was unwilling to give me a copy of the original he was given, when I requested that of him 16 days ago. Don Martin told me to go do my own research? My own research? He did no research himself whatsoever, as he was simply given the document. Why was he given a copy? To hide it under a rock for safekeeping?......or to disclose its contents fully to the public? Don Martin did indicate to me that the “juicy parts” (his words) are contained in the 30 page slide show portion.
Meanwhile Jane Taber is portraying Don Martin as being in some ethical dilemma, insofar as the reward is concerned. I asked Don Martin for a copy on at least two occasions long before the public reward was offered. He declined, hence the reward offer to the broader public. As such, this is an ethical dilemma of Don Martin’s own creation. Why is Don Martin hiding the contents of this highly relevant document on How to Obstruct Parliament on the very eve of Harper meeting the Governor General to prematurely dissolve Parliament on the sole basis of Harper’s argument that Parliament is dysfunctional. If Parliament is dysfunctional, it is largely due to Harper’s orchestrated tactics to render Parliament dysfunctional, as could be cooroborated by the contencts of this manual. Hence the highly relevant nature of this document to Canadians and the specific nature of its contents.
Meanwhile, could Don Martin please explain the ethics behind this response I received from him a full 16 days before I made a reward offer to the world at larger (as distinct from him personally). Why the unwillingness to share this information and protect his non-sources, since Don never received this document from the Conservative Committee Chair in the first place. What are the journalistic ethics involved in this..........information management?
August 18: Actually Brent, it wasn’t a Conservative. And I did let the Hill Times write down the text, which they published last year, but I can’t release the actual paper ‘cause there are markings on it who would identify the chair who leaked it.
August 18: Don; I appreciate the response. Are you saying the full text of 200 pages is available? Brent
August 18: ...The material is, I’ve counted them again, 37 pages of underlining and scribbles and exclamation points and notes all incorporated into the text of the presentation. It would take an hour to go through it and delete the marks to ready it for sharing with you.... Do your own research and subscribe to the Hill Times, search the archives and find the text they reprinted. I just don’t have the time right now. sorry. Don
Doesn’t have the time? Doesn’t Don know a good story when he sees one? Or does that explain why he’s sitting on this highly politically volatile and incriminating Conservative Party information, if indeed that’s what it is?
Meanwhile, his matter of journalistic ethics can be simply resolved by Don Martin making the source document (rather this his personal account thereof or the Hill Times account thereeof) available immediately to the broad public. Kady O’Malley of Macleans has indicated her strong desire for a copy of the source document as well. Therefore, I, Kady O’Malley and all truth seeking Canadians would be most grateful, and as a gesture of good faith, CAITI would be willing to donate the $10,000 to any charity of Don Martin’s choice, provided this is done within the next three days. Three days would surely give Don the hour he told me it would take to redact the hand written scribble, if he so desires.
I thank Don Martin in advance, as do all truth seeking Canadians.
September 6, 2008
Hot: Don Martin. The political columnist for the National Post and the Calgary Herald has a copy of the so-called Conservative dirty tricks manual or "Parliamentary Obstruction Document," a 200-page tome on how to make Parliament dysfunctional.
The Canadian Association of Income Trust Investors (CAITI), which is angry about the Harper/Flaherty broken promise on income trusts, is offering $10,000 to anyone who will supply them with a copy. A sneaky Liberal recently contacted Mr. Martin with what the Grit thought was a win-win situation. He asked Mr. Martin to give him the manual and he would turn it in to CAITI and collect the reward. He would give Mr. Martin the $10,000 and use the manual against the Tories in the coming campaign. The head of CAITI, Brent Fullard, would also have his copy.
Yesterday, Mr. Fullard said the offer is good until Sept. 15. Meanwhile, Mr. Martin, an ethical journalist, could not accept the money - so tempting as he just bought a new car.
Jane Taber is the co-host of CTV's Question Period, broadcast Sunday on CTV across the country.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
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