Among the intellectual drop cases known collectively as the "Blogging Tories," Steve Janke has a reputation of being some kind of crack, investigative journalistic sleuth. Why that is is a complete mystery since it would be hard to find anyone quite as sleazy or irresponsible as the Premature Ejankulator.
First and foremost among his numerous failings is his perpetual tendency to avoid making direct claims or accusations, preferring instead to circle his target warily and carefully smear with slimy innuendo while retaining just enough plausible deniability to protect himself.
Macleans' Kady O'Malley (unintentionally, I'm sure) made reference to that here when she lowered the boom on Steve:
Janke has painstakingly cut and pasted the names of hundreds of Elections Canada employees, which he dredged up from the government online directory, GEDS, as part of his continuing effort to throw suspicion on the motivations of the agency, and the way that the raid into Conservative headquarters was carried out by the RCMP.
Conspicuously absent from the list, he notes, is Andre Thouin - the Elections Canada official who braved the throng of cameras outside Conservative Party headquarters, banker box in hand, and ended up playing a starring role in the subsequent news coverage.
All right, then ... so Steve is about to unleash a devastating indictment of corruption? Or something like it? In a word, no.
Not surprisingly, Janke finds this to be at least a little bit suspicious, although he does note that it is a 'minor point'.
Yes, that would be vintage Janke -- bring your readers to the edge of excitement, then quickly back away with something like, "Of course, this could be nothing. But I would be remiss in not bringing it to your attention, anyway."
This is, of course, Janke's standard M.O., and you can see it in action back here, where I described how the Ejankulator painstakingly analyzed some of Stephane Dion's spending, only to eventually admit that, well, OK, it might be nothing after all. But, hey, it sure was fun dragging Dion's name through the mud while it lasted.
And recently, Janke was at it again. After apparently building a case against Elections Canada, is Janke finally about to lower the boom and accuse someone somewhere of some kind of malfeasance? Well, no:
So is all this an innocent mistake? At the heart of it, possibly.
In other words, after the suspenseful buildup, Steve wants to make sure you don't think he's, you know, actually accusing anyone of anything. But isn't it fun to speculate?
Sure, Steve, why not? Unfounded speculation is always such a hoot. Which brings us to Janke and his possible obsession with dead hookers and anal sex. Now, let's be clear, I'm not saying that Janke makes a habit of murdering prostitutes and sodomizing their still warm corpses. But you just never know. Am I drawing unwarranted conclusions? Possibly. But come on, think about it -- Steve lives in Ontario, dead hookers occasionally show up in Ontario. Coincidence? Perhaps. I don't want to jump to conclusions here but, hey, I'm just sayin'.
It's probably nothing. Maybe.