www.kinsellasfortruth.com

Like Warren Kinsella, I’ve stayed out of much of this whole story about RepublicansforIgnatieff.com. First, it was because I was enjoying the blogosphere’s reaction to the website, and then the media’s reaction to the website, and then the reaction to it by Michael Ignatieff’s war room chief.

Today I became “Kinsella-famous” (as one reader emailed to say). Warren Kinsella states that he thinks that I am behind the website that insincerely lauds Michael Ignatieff.

True, I’m no stranger to online activism and politicking; I launched Iggyfacts.ca to help define Michael Ignatieff enabling users of Twitter to retweet facts about our favourite accidental tourist. In December, I launched RallyforCanada.ca to help organize nationwide protests against the Ignatieff endorsed unelected coalition government supported by the Bloc Quebecois. Please forgive the tone here, it is just to make the point that I am more that likely to put my name on my projects.

As for RepublicansforIgnatieff.com, I’d like to thank Kinsella for the kind words; the website has caused a lot of stir and it’s deeply complimentary to for him think that I’d be the one behind it.

In Ottawa, the politics of distraction is the process story. RepublicansforIgnatieff.com is a bit of mana from heaven for political journalists who think that communion wafers, G8 photo-op flops and PM apologies are played out. RFI.com is a perfect process story to hit web browsers and newspaper readers for a period of days, if not a couple of weeks. For someone that trades in process stories, Kinsella however recognizes that this story deflects from the main storyline and only Liberal-driven process stories are beneficial to his team. So how to kill a story that isn’t?

A lesson that I’ve learned from online politics and media in this town is that official still matters. You or I could make commercial quality Youtube videos everyday until the next election, but unless they were official party efforts, they would be largely ignored because of significance of source. If Stephen Harper made a Youtube video slagging Ignatieff, it would be national news. Iggyfacts.ca is a decent enough website, but while it got some buzz in the blogosphere, it didn’t get too much play in the mainstream media. If the Conservative Party had financed it and put the “paid for by the Conservative Party of Canada” tagline on the bottom, it would get much wider attention. The significance of source is measured and assessed when a process story is written and we shouldn’t be too surprised by this.

Now to RFI.com. The source of this website is unknown. It’s a decent enough website, but is it Conservative Party, NDP, Republican, or me? The mystery around the website itself has become most of the story. By trying to tag me as the author of the website, Kinsella seeks to eliminate the mystery, and the story.

“You mean some guy made it and its not a Karl Rove or Doug Finley production? Moving on…”

Over the last couple of days, I’ve watched, with some astonishment, the efforts of Liberal partisans to investigate the website and, if not address the arguments made there, the person who made the site. Sometimes a wise communications strategy for an individual under fire is to stop talking about what’s antagonizing them. It’s a much more difficult task to integrate this strategy into the Liberal collective.

Unfortunately for Kinsella (and for me), I did not create RepublicansforIgnatieff.com. The Liberal war room chief unfortunately misattributes a quote from a Liberal partisan named “Ted” (Ted Betts) to a sometimes Conservative partisan pen-named Raphael Alexander as shaky evidence of my involvement. I denied making the site about a week ago.

So who is behind the website? I really don’t know. I have my suspicions, but for now the process story will spend another day in the sun as the Liberals keep talking about it.

Comments

comments

  • bigcitylib

    Its the Wurstlin group.

  • canuckle

    chewing on their own tongue, is all the entertainment value I need – the high prince of spin, is so comical in his sleuthing, and his frustration makes my day

  • michaelharkov

    Whoever came up with this brilliant website, it makes Grit Girl look like a joke. :)

  • David

    Hmmm. Does this person go by the pseudonym Iggythroat?

  • hollinm

    Kady O'Malley over at McLeans actually got an email from somebody called The Colonel purportedly being the owner of the website. Little else was learned but she spent a lot of time on her blog suggesting that it was not Stephen Taylor.

    I think this is really silly. Who cares who this person is and what they have to say. However, to the extent that it compliments Iggy in a back handed way that is good for Conservatives.

  • gimbol

    Sounds like the libs are using a process of elimination to determine who made the site.
    Find out who by finding who isn't.

    What that site demonstrates is the LPC's problem with semantics and their desire to move their party to the right. They say move to the center, but to do so requires moving to the right, but to say so would be the kiss of death after spending so long demonizing anything even the slightest bit right of center. So along comes RFI and liberals get queazy and want it shut down. Whats the problem other than legal constraints? The problem is that everything on that site is taken verbatum from the mouth of Ignatieff himself, not one lie. Then it frames those statements in the context of every attack liberals have used against the Bush administration, conservatives, republican's, the Iraq war, and nay sayers to global warming. So yes if this story keeps in the spotlight much longer its going to start the narrative that Ignatieff is everything liberals oppose…or that the LPC abandoned their members the day Ignatieff took control of the leadership.
    Frankly when you get WK concerned about who it is that is running the site, but not disputing the info on the site, that says they have no defence other than trying to slander the owner once they find out who it is.
    But I digress.
    My theory is that the one behind the site is someone that wants Ignatieff gone as liberal leader, using that as the motive its easy to come up with some suspects. And the libs may not want to know the answer.

  • `Liz J

    A real whodunnit, one of life's great mysteries. Calling Deep throat……

  • http://unambig.wordpress.com/ Raphael

    Glad you picked up on that misattribution.

  • Tyler

    The more silly character smears the CPC puts out, the more likely I am to vote for Ignatieff.

    Harper’s deficit is spiralling past 30 billion. But instead of eliminating wasteful spending, the CPC is preoccupied crafting attack ads. It often feels that the CPC doesn’t care in the slightest about my interests and well being. All the Ottawa Conservatives seem to care about is more power for themselves.

  • calgaryjunkie

    I dunno, it seems kind of obvious to me. But if Team Kinsella want to change the channel from all this uncomfortable Iggy history, then they should get Iggy to start making policy announcements !

    Not his whole platform, but a few things, spaced every couple of weeks or so. The media (and some LibBloggers) are starving for some beef to chew on from Iggy. I understand that Libs are spooked by how we attacked theGreenshift. And they want to give us less time to formulate a policy-attacking strategy. But that it all pretty lame. To me, it shows fear and lack of confidence.

    Iggy, you gotta deflect the media and you gotta pump up your troops. Deliver some policy already ! Get some practice doing stump speeches and media presentations on POLICY related stuff.

  • http://gordiecanuk.blogspot.com/ Gordie

    Canadians should be talking about the economy, about Afghanistan…about what we're going to do about the shortage of isotopes. Instead everyone is focusing on a joke website, the owner of which is too embarrassed to take credit for.

  • Opinator

    MY suspicion: NDP or a backstabbed Lib backbencher or ex-staffer stabbing back @ Iggy. Could be a misguided Professor Dion student.

  • Dela Court

    Maybe this is Don Newman's new gig?

    Rick Mercer should do a Talking to Americans piece where he asks Sarah Palin about her support for CI (Count Iggy). Or it could be Evan Solomon's first show. I suspect I may be his only watcher. Oh, sorry, I have to wash my hair. I'm so pissed I didn't get the NW politics gig.

    Tata for now.

    Dela

  • `Liz J

    Could be Iggy himself. As Monte Solberg writes in the Ottawa Sun today: Have the bears snatched Ignatieff?
    Where is he? Is he nursing his political bruises somewhere in France? Is he writing lectures to deliver as speeches?

  • Gabby in QC

    There's plenty of speculation about who's behind that website, so one more silly guess won't hurt …
    What if the site was set up by WK or one of his elves?
    What would be the point ?
    Why, to prove that the Conservatives play dirty, of course!

    A far-fetched theory, of course.
    It makes as much sense as suggesting the PM sits in his office personally devising each and every single ad coming out of the Conservatives' war room.

  • RobertMcClelland

    The site is run by a guy named Mark Reeves. I don't much info on the guy but maybe the name sounds familiar to you or some of the other Con insiders.

  • Beer and Popcorn

    I think it's brilliant and captures the spirit of Mr Ignatieff – a true Bush Republican.

    I can't understand why the Liberal$ aren't celebrating, it's about time the political spectrum in this country shifted right.

  • NovaDog

    Admit it, you were going to vote for Iggy anyway.

  • henry77

    And maybe this isn't Andrew Coyne trashing the Harper Party:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZcnbWgn8Sk

  • Carolyn

    Yawn.

  • tedbetts

    Actually I didn't accuse you, I said that the server for the R4I site is the same server as for the Canadians4Democracy.com site which, based on what Kady O'Malley had written, was put together by or with you.

    Did you put together the website Canadians4Democracy.com?

    If you confirm that you had nothing to do with the C4D site, I'll happily make that clarification back at Raphael's site.

    As it is, I'm glad you confirmed that it is at least conservatives behind this silly site.

  • http://www.thepolitic.com/ Sean Calder

    Tyler wrote: “But instead of eliminating wasteful spending, the CPC is preoccupied crafting attack ads.”

    It seems as though you've mistaken a partisan Political Party with the Government of Canada there Tyler. Sure members of the Party currently act in the capacity of the Government of Canada, but the Conservative Party of Canada is simply that. A political party who spends it's own “raised” money (aka donations) as they like.

  • http://www.thepolitic.com/ Sean Calder

    I don’t see any such admission tedbetts. In fact, I see him saying he doesn’t know who is behind it.

  • http://www.thepolitic.com/ Sean Calder

    Hey Gabby, can you imagine if people just started claiming responsibility for the site just to drive the Liberals mad? And then we could watch Mr. Kinsella run around trying to prove which one of the claimants is actually responsible, if any.

  • jmckzie

    Not to mention you are better at web design than the person who created RFI.com

  • terryuanewone

    Who cares who created the site…..

    The most important fact of all is, no liberals have denied that these are Iggys views or that he ever siad any of the coments.

    They are wasting their time on the wrong issues. I guess if the can link it to a Conservative they will try and spin it as “unfair—-whine —whine political advertising”.

  • hollinm

    I agree.

  • David

    Top 5 suspects….

    1. Judy Wasylycia-leis
    2. Tom Clark (looking for a headline story)
    3. Jason Kenny
    4. Bob Rae
    5. Stephen Ledrew

  • David

    Top 5 suspects….

    1. Judy Wasylycia-leis
    2. Tom Clark (looking for a headline story)
    3. Jason Kenny
    4. Bob Rae
    5. Stephen Ledrew

  • David

    Top 5 suspects….

    1. Judy Wasylycia-leis
    2. Tom Clark (looking for a headline story)
    3. Jason Kenny
    4. Bob Rae
    5. Stephen Ledrew

  • David

    Top 5 suspects….

    1. Judy Wasylycia-leis
    2. Tom Clark (looking for a headline story)
    3. Jason Kenny
    4. Bob Rae
    5. Stephen Ledrew

  • David

    Top 5 suspects….

    1. Judy Wasylycia-leis
    2. Tom Clark (looking for a headline story)
    3. Jason Kenny
    4. Bob Rae
    5. Stephen Ledrew

  • terry1

    Just to let you all know WK is still alive and kicking with today's political blog:

    “Q. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HIRE AN IDIOT TO BE YOUR MINISTER OF IMMIGRATION?”

  • tpholmes

    It wasn't me. Although, I sort of wish it was.

  • http://www.keyes.ca/ Andrew

    “Today I became “Kinsella-famous”.

    Ah, but have you ever been “Chew-toy of the week”?

    http://keyes.ca/journal/2007/05/10/warrens-chew-toy-of-the-week-revisited/

  • http://www.keyes.ca/ Andrew

    “Today I became “Kinsella-famous”.

    Ah, but have you ever been “Chew-toy of the week”?

    http://keyes.ca/journal/2007/05/10/warrens-chew-toy-of-the-week-revisited/

  • terry1

    B&P….You mean right as in making sure you become a religious fundie or run excessive deficits whle borrowing money from the population or push nasty lies and innuendos in good Christian language.

    No thanks. I don't want a country that is on reformatory welfare

  • terry1

    If you notice the Libs are not getting excited while the Harpocrites blow their brains out on ten percenters and phoney web sites while the economy sinks further. How interested do you think people really are in that crap in July. The Libs are enjoying summer while your nasty friends are trying to shovel money into the economy and Harpo rails against the libs in another false diatribe while overseas. Through all this the parties are tied in the polls.

    I like our chances in the fall.

  • Beer and Popcorn

    I'm confused Terry – in November / December your storyline was that Mr Harper wasn't doing anything to help the economy and he was a “laissez faire, I don't care” economist.

    Now, as the econmic action plan is in the process of putting Canada back to work with a plan to stimulate the economy but without leaving a structural deficit behind, you are complaining about excessive deficits.

    Since stimulus spending comes from the tax base, either in the form of credits (renovations tax credit – wildly popular) or spending (the new Via high speed train between Montreal and Toronto, as an example) it was understood that this would result in a short term deficit.

    However, unlike the grand programs of the Liberal$ through social engineering of their extreme agenda and propositions (gun registry, multiculturalism, himan rights tribunals, national energy plan, kyoto comittments, the green shift, kelowna accord) these are only temporary spending measures designed to get the economy moving.

    When the work is done, the spending is done – no floors of workers left behind drinking coffee and trying to justify why the taxpayer should continue to fund their role.

    I've noticed that, when you have no answers, you either come back with an insult to your fellow bloggers or reference Warren Kinsella (whoever that is?). Liberals really have a tough time discussing the issues rationally eh?

  • PoliticalJunkieOttawa

    I think that Bob Rae is behind RepublicansforIgnatieff.com.

    :-)

  • terry1

    B&P…you're not confused, you're a reformatory and only need nasty ads to wake you up.

    1. In November he wasn't doing anything and had not planned to until hisd wake up call from the opposition. He then took his infamous time out and came out with a plan in January which has yet to really get off the ground.

    2.How does the “new” spending on via rail become a stimulus issue when it will take more than a year to get anything going on that front. The home renovation credits are typical of all governments and they have copied stuff from past Liberal programs, so nothing revolutionary there.

    3. While you go off on the so called Liberal failures you fail to mention the Meech Lake accord which created the Bloc Quebecois that has screwed our political system since then. you fail to mention the repatriation of the constitution and the bill of rights and freedoms.

    4. Read this article and see where your heroes want to take us:
    http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/667580
    The Conservative party self-consciously dropped the progressive part of the program and substituted a kind of American Republican doctrine. They don't like parliaments very much and their leaders – Stephen Harper, Mike Harris – behave like presidents rather than prime ministers and premiers.
    Conservatives are driven hard by ideology rather than pragmatism and tradition. When the financial crisis occurred last fall, they put forward a budget that had no stimulus because they believe that government should get out of the way. Faced with a defeat in Parliament, they prorogued the House of Commons and returned with something resembling their opponents' position. But they are implementing it very slowly or not at all because they don't really believe in it, even though it is now the law of the land.

    5. Social engineering is what Harpo is all about. He wants to turn us all into right wing Christian nutbars and its obvious we don't want to go there. We are not going to be driven by right wing ideologues. The libs have given us a marvelous Country, have taken in many of the world's oppressed peoples and have diversified our population, something we incapable of doing on our own.

    6. does that answer your usual nothingness.

  • terry1

    Hey political junkie, you've tried to hit the nail on the head but got your thumb instead.

    :-)

  • PoliticalJunkieOttawa

    Not sure why you say that … did you not notice the smiley??

    I actually believe it was Taylor … he's just so modest.

  • terry1

    didn't you notice my smiley……….I think its Taylor also. He's not modest he just does not want the exposure as a tory attack flack.

  • Beer and Popcorn

    Terry – which Liberal programs is the tax credit like?

    What about the TFSA – which Liberal programs is it like?

    What about reducing the GST? When did the Liberals do that?

    I don't recall any program that the Liberal$ brought to the table that helped the taxpayer. In fact – it's just the opposite. Dion ran on a 'Social Justice' agenda which, according to Mr Gomery's report, seems to mean taking care of friends, fellow Liberal$ with scammed Canadians tax dollars .

    Secondly – which party leader has publicly supported the views of the Bush Republican administration and their agenda? Yes – Mr Ignatieff (check out the website that Stephen's blog references). Mr Harper's approach is a centre-middle approach focussed on the economy, putting the taxpayer and Canada first.

    This is in direct contrast to the Liberal agenda, which seems to always opt to put the Liberal party first at the expense of Canada.

  • terry1

    In previous recessions the Liberals had all sorts of short term tax incentives. I remember gertting a tax break for replacing my roof some 25 years ago in the same type of program.

    Who introduced the RRSP programs in the first place?

    Reducing the GST was the most insane of all.
    All harpo did was put the country into a larger deficit all because of his ideological nonsense. I must admit as a fairly well off Canadian that I like less GST becuse I just bought an expensive car. Guess how many poor people can do that. when you think it through you will realize the tax cut has only benefitted the so called rich Canadians.

    Your nonsense about the libs being republican supporters is stuff you got from reading other stupid Tory blogs. I know for a fact in general what the liberal policies are and will be. Republican nonsense is not among the policies Canadians will see from Iggy. Harpo's approach is center middle only as long as he can stay in power until he gets a majority which will be never. His past writings and statements are proof of that. Quebec voters who are smarter than all of us have already seen the hypocrisy and want no part of it. The rest of us will soon follow.

    Your horsecrap about the liberal party putting themselves first is pure fiction. They have not been the ruling party for all those years by putitng themselves first. Your head needs a debriefing from tory lies. In fact you accused them of social engineering in the last post. Is that party first and canada second?

  • Beer and Popcorn

    Terry:

    - I remember some program like it 25 years ago is not “copied stuff from past Liberal programs”

    - TFSA is not a registered, government controlled retirement planning program – it's tax free capital gains in a non-registered account. Nothing to do with RRSP

    - Lowering taxes seems to always is interpreted as a war-like act Liberal$ – I guess since it runs so counter to wha tseems to be your basic philosophy of bigger government and government control of all aspects of society

    - The republican quotes from Ignatieff are just that – words directly out of his own mouth that reflect his views. Are you saying that these views will not be reflected in the policies of the party that the leader represents?

    - Don't understand your last logic – I think engineering to further the interests of a political party ahead of a country's interests is putting party first and Canada second, no doubt.

  • terry1

    I think engineering for the good of society is Country ahead of party any day.

    The rest of your stuff is just more reformatory partisan garbage.

  • terry1

    B&P is this your idea of good refromatory government?
    If that's not an economically destructive policy I don't know what is. Imagine if the Libs forecast that you would go nuts…the fiscal irresponisbility of these goons is absolutely astounding. They will do anything to further their populist ideology. Hell hath no fury like a populist right wing nut bar.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ot

    Stephen Harper's fresh refusal to raise taxes to balance the budget – even if it means jettisoning his government's five-year target for eliminating the deficit – is sparking private-sector predictions that it may now take a decade to pull the federal government out of the red.

    Speaking after a Group of Eight meeting in Italy last Friday, the Prime Minister ruled out raising taxes even after the recession has ended and said his earlier pledge to eliminate the deficit by 2013-14 may be set aside if the economy doesn't recover fast enough.

    “We will allow the deficit to persist if necessary,” he said. “We will not, in order to meet some timetable, start raising taxes and cutting programs

  • Beer and Popcorn

    Terry – this is a pretty basic argument! Here it is if I have to spell it out for you:

    - If the PM says he will not raise taxes -he won't. He's a conservative!

    - When the economy accelerates, the tax base rises. Thus it's possible to pay off debt without raising taxes.

    - The article you quote isn't worth the paper it's written on. The author has no access to the revenues and expenses of the government and no understanding of their plan – it's irresponsible reporting to pretend otherwise