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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Yeah Christian Con !

Praise the Lord and pass the hypocrisy, the Christian Con is the Grand Master of the new Lack of Common Sense online community. May you raise defamation of character to new heights, and may Jesus increase your spirit of condemnation until your poison cup runneth over with bile.


Anonymous said...

And if you type in nutty nut nut into get...

Jerry Prager - The nut of nuts.

Jerry Prager said...

Clearly you must be a conservative because if you search 'nutty nut nut - and I did - you don't get Jerry Prager, Ah well, one more Tory lie.

Anonymous said...

Don't make your personal life my business - News - Don't make your personal life my business


Reporters are often accused of ignoring public policy in favour of digging into the personal lives of politicians, selling newspapers or boosting their show's ratings by invading the politicians' little remaining privacy.

I've never wanted to be that kind of muckraker -- I like writing about policy and the public drama of the campaign trail -- so I when I recently tracked down relatives of Conservative candidate Gloria Kovach and asked them about their health, I wasn't happy about it.

For an article in the July 28 Mercury, I arranged to tag along with Kovach as she went door-to-door canvassing. She's very good at it -- energetic, outgoing and plain spoken. And on the day I was with her, the people who opened their doors were receptive and welcoming, almost unbelievably so.

The street she canvassed that afternoon was Skov Crescent, a short drive in the rain from her campaign office. As we pulled onto the street, Kovach said it was a good time to stop because the sun had come out. It seemed impromptu and random.

At one of the first doors, a man remarked that he knows her parents. Later, another man told me he thinks her brother lived in the area.

When we arrived at one house along the route, Kovach wouldn't go to the door. Asked why, at first she wouldn't say.

After a moment, she pointed out a no-smoking sign in the window and said she didn't want to bother the people inside and that being a nurse, she knows things about some people in the community. I took it to mean someone inside, perhaps a patient from her professional life, has a smoking-related illness. I accepted the explanation and we moved on.

I did wonder how close her family lived. I thought Kovach might have chosen that area for canvassing because she knew the residents would be more friendly toward her, giving the young reporter alongside her some positive receptions to write about.

Since it's a reporter's job to challenge even the possibility of such public relations spin, I decided look into it.

Her parents have owned a house on Skov Crescent since 1992; Kovach started our canvassing trip only a few doors down from their home. She never mentioned it.

It turns out the house she passed -- the one with the no-smoking sign -- also belongs to relatives.

I returned to Skov Crescent two days later, on my day off, and found people outside the no-smoking house. I asked them if they were related to Kovach, and they said they were.

I didn't want to intrude any further if one them were, as Kovach suggested, sick. I tentatively asked after their health and they told me to leave. I did.

That's fair enough -- I don't think reporters should go poking around candidate's family's personal lives.

I can't say why Kovach chose that street to canvass. Her campaign team said it happened to be next on her list.

Later, Kovach said in essence that she didn't have a reason for campaigning there.

"We just grabbed a poll," she said, referring to the notes her campaign has on an area to canvass.

"The sun was shining over in that section versus the pouring rain when we left the office. We didn't know that you were coming canvassing, so we just did that. I don't even know why (the campaign aide) drove there."

It's strange she didn't know I was coming, since it was by appointment.

I know now that she passed by the house for a good reason; one of her relatives who lives there isn't in good health. Suggesting to me that she only knew that because she is a nurse seems misleading, but understandable.

What I don't understand is why she failed to mention we were campaigning in her family's neighbourhood, or why she didn't simply choose another street.

I believe she hoped I would observe a productive conflict-free, good-publicity canvassing trip.

And I did.

Jessica Smith is an intern reporter at the Mercury and can be reached via e-mail at Each Tuesday, we feature a column by a person under the age of 30.