1/24 🧵#CDNpoli

Expect this news will make most of you uncomfortable. Plz let me begin with a declaration that the #ClimateCrisis is real & requires immediate action

But you've also heard me address conflict of interest in #CDNmedia & this #thread has serious legal implications
2/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

It's outrageously serendipitous that #Huawei's Meng Wanzhou signed a plea deal today, the #2Michaels are coming home from China, & that Grimes is reporting marital troubles with Elon Musk

Could've never imagined those topics would intertwine like this
3/24 🧵#CDNpoli

When it comes to conflicts of interest in #CDNmedia my criticisms are not partisan

For #J_school legal reasons it has always been imperative for journos to decline reporting on people or matters that involve them & to ethically disclose when that isn't avoidable
4/24 🧵#CDNmedia

Since MSM news has been imploding due to digital disruption, it faced foreign ownership & partisan takeovers across #CDNpoli during its moment of weakness

That in turn fueled reader distrust & bonafide, experienced journos being replaced with talking heads
5/24 🧵#CDNpoli

In the process many legal media standards have fallen by the wayside & it's about to have real consequences

Talking heads don't know the first thing about libel law, nor do they grasp the many ways #CDNmedia can be held responsible for misdeeds beyond defamation
6/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

With that intro for context I will now explain what's happened, 1st & foremost because I'm a champion of the Fourth Estate's role in preserving a functioning democracy

What follows may cause you to cringe, but please know this is not about a journo war
7/24 🧵#CDNpoli

This all began with my thread on the #2Michaels during #Elxn44 & the #CDNmedia blackout that's making Canada appear foolish to all our partners on the world stage. The constant flow of disinfo has been noteworthy

#ICYMI here's that thread
8/24 🧵#CDNpoli

Unlike most colleagues in #CDNmedia, I consume news from around the globe regardless of language. That's one of the benefits of internet, automatic translations, & a curious, persistent mind

When foreign press is trying to understand Canada I'm also called upon
9/24 🧵#CDNpoli

That worldly nature & obsession with foreign policy often puts me 2 steps ahead of #CDNmedia that is dominated by partisan bullhorns

I don't fit well in an Ottawa press bubble that is strangely insular to Parliament Hill & sometimes I get predictably slagged
10/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

As it happened, @CANADALAND came at me hard for my thread about the #2Michaels

(Archive for backup)

It was a podcast between @JesseBrown & @Garossino that sought to discredit me during the writ

11/24 🧵#CDNpoli

The claims made by @JesseBrown & @Garossino amounted to #disinfo & slander, but I'm used to seeing that in #CDNmedia & that's not the part that shocked me

What was shocking is Jesse's sexualized & violent references + Sandy's complicity

12/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

Now, Jesse & I have a long-running beef that stretches back a number of years. I've always contended the evidence he withheld & right he asserted to editorialize Lucy DeCoutere's #MeToo allegation is precisely what got Jian Ghomeshi exonerated
13/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

I was angry that Jesse exploited Lucy in a way that caused her severe harm. He may know OpEds but not how to perform investigative journalism & he's never been sexually assaulted to grasp the legal process

Men giving women bad advice is a huge problem
14/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

Instead of a mea culpa Jesse doubled-down & sought to frame me as a woman-hater, as well as undermine public trust in the Canadian judicial system

It was easier for Jesse to abhor me & paint the judge in Lucy's case as a miscreant than admit his error
15/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

Without reservation I care for Lucy's wellbeing & my beef had nothing to do with taking Jian's side

But I guess when you're a talking head the fame matters more than facts & legalities that could be spun to his narrative, discouraging women everywhere
16/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

So I understood what motivated @JesseBrown to come at me with sexual & violent depictions. This many years later & he's still obsessed with getting even because I was right about his journalistic malpractice

But for Sandy @Garossino to play along?
17/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

Sandy @Garossino is the true reason for this thread, because it didn't take long looking into her background to discover what the problem is

The fact that @NatObserver & @Linda_Solomon never disclosed this may put them in legal hot water as well
18/24 🧵#CDNpoli

Sandy @Garossino has one of the biggest undisclosed conflicts of interest in #CDNmedia, as mother to Canadian music sensation Grimes & grandmother to Elon Musk's baby

Via Globe & Mail 12-yrs ago when she spoke freely about her daughter
19/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

I suspect this is what right-wing activist Vivian Krause was holding over Sandy Garossino's head & why @Garossino put so much time & energy into fending off the oil patch's & Jason Kenney's darling of 'un-Albertan' activities

20/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

So Krause receives money from Alberta oil & Garossino has her daughter & grandbaby's green income to protect that arises from Elon Musk & Tesla

I have none of these conflicts & no personal entanglements with the energy industry to limit my statements
21/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

I have nothing against Elon Musk & I've been for test drive in a Tesla. I also have no stock holdings in any company to warrant ethical disclosure

With that said, Musk has been in trouble with SEC for jacking with markets

22/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

Since Sandy @Garossino has written extensively for @Linda_Solomon & @NatObserver to promote green energy & decry fossil fuels without providing her disclosure & family ties to Elon Musk, it's conceivable they could be investigated by the SEC as well
23/24 🧵#CDNpoli

It doesn't give me pleasure to make this disclosure on behalf of @Garossino & @NatObserver. Reality is that I'd like to see Canada become as green as possible as fast as possible

But this is why it's imperative that #CDNmedia journos behave legally & ethically
24/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

Once I became aware of Sandy Garossino's relationship to Elon Musk, it made sense why she would join Jesse Brown in disinforming Canadian news consumers RE the #2Michaels

#Huawei directly competes with #Tesla, on everything from satellites to transit
25/24 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia


There is nothing conspiratorial about conflicts of interest, ethics, & disclosure. It's actually integral to maintaining credibility & legitimacy as a Fourth Estate. Academia has to deal with this all the time


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1/34 🧵#CDNpoli #SLAPP

I've received a threatening letter from lawyers on behalf of @MercedesGlobal & @GlobalNews to prevent me from speaking about Stephenson's role in #CDNmedia as the wife of Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole's #Elxn44 director

This #thread is my response
2/34 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia #Elxn44

I will not comply with demands made in bad faith by @GlobalNews & @MercedesGlobal, nor will I shrink from unfounded #SLAPP allegations that are libelous against me. I ask that you cease & desist with this harassment. Here are my reasons (con't):
3/34 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia #Elxn44

On the 1st page of your error-laden defamation notice, you claim that I've caused @GlobalNews & @MercedesGlobal "serious damage" but fail to state any negative consequences & fail to provide evidence of damage

Is Elections Canada investigating?
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1/9 I've had enough of #Elxn44 depravity. A death threat was broadcast about me by a podcaster you all listen to. Daily there are men on Twitter #SnitchTagging me to gun nuts to spark confrontation

#FYI I've already been shot by a 357 Magnum & I will not be intimidated by anyone
2/9 Most of you want the difficult reporting on dangerous topics that keep you up at night. But on social media, there's this trend where some of you (too many of you) throw female reporters at your enemies, as if we're virtual human shields you've nominated to fight your battles
3/9 But as you 'get your popcorn' to spectate at the events you've chosen for us to do battle, against the very entities you're afraid of, some of them try to track us down in our communities. I've had calls to my home from Yellow Vesters, Wexiters, Qanons, you name it
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1/24 🧵#CDNpoli #Elxn44

Disappointed in #CDNmedia. Downplaying #violence & mischaracterizing blame must stop. Threat is more serious than anyone wants it to be

This #thread is about NEW #HateClub escalation

cc @Nat_Div_RCMP @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland

2/24 🧵#CDNpoli #Violence #Elxn44

Someone alerted me to a new post in Zelda's Facebook #HateClub (thank you)

On the surface it indicates a #Conservative partisan/electoral purpose & that's interesting enough, but upon digging deeper it's a legitimate cause for #NatSec concern
3/24 🧵#CDNpoli #Violence #Elxn44

Inspection of TheseAreTheFacts.net first revealed a plan to unite Conservatives

Closer to election it became a Trudeau attack machine

That claimed to be factual
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1/24 🧵#CDNpoli #Elxn44

Since Zelda went into hiding over violent protests that terrorized hospitals & Liberal campaign stops, participants scurried to find new places to organize & a 🇨🇦 companion to Parler has emerged

This #thread is RE partisan #violence & how it's paid for
2/24 🧵#CDNpoli #Violence #Elxn44

There's been much ado trying to insulate Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole from the vulgar & violent uprising surrounding right-wing causes during the election

But on #Aug23 the CPC posted propaganda that specifically invoked violence as a motto
3/24 🧵#CDNpoli #Violence #Elxn44

The full Conservative ad shows a boxer punching forward & that was uncivilized enough

For those who use dark theme, xray, or colour inversion display (for style or visual disability), the violence was quite amplified

Read 24 tweets
3 Sep
1/26 🧵#CDNpoli #2Michaels #Elxn44

It's been hard for me to watch #CDNmedia coverage of the 2 Michaels, knowing there's a pointless media blackout that's resulted in widespread #disinformation & exploitation by partisan actors

This #thread is RE Spavor

2/26 🧵#CDNpoli #2Michaels #Elxn44

Canada has become a laughing stock to our global partners due to #CDNmedia suppression of facts about Spavor & Kovrig, that are available to everyone else in the world, including 🇨🇦, if we only bothered to google

3/26 🧵#CDNpoli #Elxn44

I've known facts about the #2Michaels for some time & I declined to share earlier so it wouldn't impact Spavor & Kovrig's trials in #China. But that collective ignorance is being weaponized against voters & both sides have been disingenuous in recent news
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1/26 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

You've heard me address the 4th Estate & its importance to a functioning democracy. You've seen destruction stateside when that strength becomes a liability via #FakeNews

This #thread is RE the collapse of Canada's parliamentary press gallery & #Elxn44
2/26 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia #Elxn44

I've spent the past 3 elections working nonstop to correct #disinformation & it's so out-of-control that one person, or one team, is incapable of processing all the lies in our popular press anymore

I just didn't expect to become its target
3/26 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia #Elxn44

I won't make excuses for anyone or search for a less antagonistic description to avoid the words 'lie, lying, or liar'

Dancing around what's happening in the parliamentary press gallery would be to enable it & I will play no role in propaganda
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