Feb. 11, 2017

It sure didn't take long for the manure to start flying


By Merv Unger

02/11 - It's a mere 10 days ago that we launched the BC Votes section of Nanaimonet.com with a pledge to keep personal attacks out of the news coverage. I was wondering whether it would be possible to cover an election without mud slinging.

Simply avoiding any coverage that was based on dirty politics should not be that difficult, should it?

Along came Premier Christy Clark making unfounded allegations against the NDP, accusing them of hacking the BC Liberals' web site. That's not the type of story you can simply ignore and move on.

Slinging dirt at the NDP turned out to be a boomerang event – it came right back at her, full splat.

NDP Leader John Horgan's call for an apology rang hollow for me. I have never believed that a demanded apology could contain an ounce of sincerety. After diddling and dawdling, Clark finally admitted she had crossed the line. By voice mail, no less.

Readers can make up their own mind as to the sincerety, and I have to continue to re-evaluate wether it is possible to go the rest of the campaign without printing dirty stuff.