This was done by creating an entire show around the false starts of Stéphane Dion, when he was asked an obviously carefully drafted convoluted question by CTV's Steve Murphy, that even linguistic professors determined made no sense.
But what didn't come out in the media, was that both Steve Murphy and Mike Duffy were charged with ethics violations, as a result of their complicity in influencing the results of an election.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) today released two decisions concerning the broadcast of three false starts of an interview by CTV anchor Steve Murphy with Liberal leader Stéphane Dion during the October 2008 federal election campaign. Each restart had been requested by Mr. Dion and granted by Mr. Murphy, CJCH-TV (CTV Atlantic)’s news anchor.After the debates Stephen Harper's popularity had plummeted and he only regained the lead after this little stunt.
One decision related to the first broadcast of the false starts (which were followed by the broadcast of the full 12-minute interview) on CTV Atlantic’s newscast CTV News at 6 on October 9. The other related to the rebroadcast by CTV Newsnet of the restarts on the public affairs discussion program Mike Duffy Live Prime Time later that same evening. The CBSC concluded that both broadcasts violated certain provisions of the Radio Television News Directors of Canada (RTNDA) Code of (Journalistic) Ethics and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ (CAB) Code of Ethics.
The fallout from the French and English debates shows the previous pre-debate 10 point Conservative margin is now four percentage points. Tracking shows incremental movement in favour of the Liberals and Stephane Dion. Dion registered his highest score as the person Canadians think would make the best Prime Minister.Of course Mike Duffy was rewarded with a senate seat, where the Canadian taxpayers now shell out more than $150,000.00 a year so that he can campaign full time for the neocons.
But this is the kind of thing that the new CRTC ruling would make commonplace. News stories will be about cherry picking statements, and fabricating a story around them. And Canadians won't know what hit them.