Not surprisingly, it's been only hours but Blogging Tories co-founder Stephen Taylor is already doing a bang-up job carrying the CPoC's water. However, I am curious about something.
You see all that text in the blue? The stuff that immediately follows the sentence, "Here are the contradictions that they emphasize"? Where did that come from? There's no hyperlink, and that looks like some serious legalese, so how is it that Taylor has access to what appears to be some preliminary lawyering on behalf of the CPoC?
I'm sure there's an innocent answer to that, but it sure does strike me as odd that Stephen would reproduce so much text verbatim and not supply the source from whence it was obtained.
UPPITY DATE: As Ti-Guy mentioned in the comments, Taylor has just updated his post to reveal the source of all that crunchy legal goodness: "received via email (on the record) from the CPC." Which makes me wonder -- if I wanted to get timely e-mail updates from the Stephen Harper Party of Canada, would they send them to me, too?
More interesting, though, is the issue of whether Stephen Taylor is simply an unofficial conduit through which the CPoC pumps propaganda out to the public. Think that's not a big deal? Think again, since Taylor's "About Me" page on his blog reads, in part:
Since its inception, this site has served as log of personal reflection on a number of events that have shaped our country. During the 2005-2006 election this blog broke many election-related stories which got significant play in the mainstream media.
Now, normally it would be moderately impressive for someone to "break" numerous stories if they did it by dint of careful investigation and dogged sleuthing. It's not so impressive if all those election-related stories came about as the result of just sitting by the computer, waiting for the next Sandra Buckler private missive to come wafting in from the Intertoobz.
I think Stephen owes a few people an explanation as to what's going on here. Clever political blogging is one thing. But if it's just a case of from Harper's mouth to Buckler's ear to Taylor's keyboard, well, that's not such a big deal anymore, is it?