BC Mary, the late crusader and head of a relentless blog and campaign for the full truth behind the BC Rail sale fiasco would be very excited today: another blogger is keeping up the pressure … with a vengeance.
Rebel With a Clause blogger Alex Tsakumis has a new blockbuster offering that certainly raises more questions … a lot of them … about the role of BC’s un-elected acting premier Christy Clark in the deal (while she was in Cabinet during her previous political incarnation) and whether she acted ethically in the matter.
You can read Tsakumis’ full blog on the matter under the provocative title (to say the least!) : “(UPDATED) ‘EXCLUSIVE’ BREAKING NEWS: DAVE BASI CONFIRMS CHRISTY CLARK COMMITTED A BREACH OF TRUST WHILE SHE WAS DEPUTY PREMIER AND THUS LIED TO THE MEDIA IN 2011 WHEN SHE CLAIMED TO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SALE OF BC RAIL.”
I have no idea personally whether the allegations in Basi’s note are actually true or just self-serving hearsay …but as a story, it’s terrific.
This fascinating read, complete with video tape and document excerpts, certainly does not look for Clark. It makes me now more certain than ever that my own blog offering only days ago “Christy, Time to Go” was on the mark and it’s hard to see how she could continue to stay if these latest revelations of how much she knew and any role she had does hold up.
I’m sure the acting premier will be dealing with the assertions and responding to them in short order.
But my own questions … perhaps not surprisingly …. surround BC’s PROFESSIONAL media: where have they been on shedding light on the deep dark recesses behind the BC Rail sale to CN? Why has it been citizen bloggers who have sustained the campaign for full truth and dug deep into the dealings behind the deal?
Sure, BC’s media covered the sale and the scandal and court proceedings etc. that followed … but largely only on a superficial Hansardian level : reporting on announcements, press conferences, political statements and denials and court proceedings.
Any college newspaper or local cable tv volunteers, given the time, could do that.
But where is the digging? Where have been the investigative journalists or teams or document-digging-dobermans?
It strikes me as somewhat strange, and unsatisfactory, that BC’s professional media outlets … in print, on radio and on tv, … with collective revenues and profits reaching into the hundreds of millions of dollars have done such a poor job (some would say NO job at all) in digging into the BC Rail sale details behind the scenes.
And they should be all the more embarrassed that citizen bloggers … who some very highly paid pundits in the mainstream media love to denigrate whenever they can … have come up with what certainly seems to be blockbuster information and material that goes to the very top of BC’s political hierarchy.
If I was still working, I’d be ashamed to see bloggers like the late BC Mary and today’s Tsakumis keeping the story alive and exposing more and more of what went on regarding BC Rail’s sale, while we use our vast resources to cover the story only when someone calls a press conference, raises a question in the House, or someone else reveals something we should have dug up ourselves.
Just think what the pursuit of “truth” below the surface on BC Rail would be like without the blogosphere.
And the full publ;ic inquiry that MUST come if the NDP win the next provincial election.