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(The Star Television)


10 october 2019 20:25:15

Anatomy of a manufactured election scandal
(The Star Television)

Social media was ablaze all weekend with talk of a bombshell story about a sex scandal involving Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. The only problem: there wasn’t one.For the better part of four days, wild and baseless allegations of sexual impropriety by Trudeau during his time as a teacher at a Vancouver private school ricocheted from smart phone screens to computer monitors across the country.There were those who fed the rumour mill, tweeting “I’m hearing…” and adding completely fabricated details, while others fanned the flames with innocent posts asking “could this be true?”Then on Monday, with fake news sites pumping out the story and a nationally-televised leaders debate only hours away, the Conservative Party of Canada took an unfounded rumour and put their name on it, issuing a press release that asked the question: Why did Trudeau leave West Point Grey?“What’s the real reason? Why has his story changed so many times?” it asked.While the release didn’t mention sex, it pointed the way for anyone to go online and find the unsubstantiated rumour themselves.Asked why the Conservatives put out the release, spokesperson Simon Jefferies referred to comments leader Andrew Scheer made on Tuesday, when he said: “Like on the SNC-Lavalin scandal, (Trudeau’s) story has changed multiple times and we believe he might have used that opportunity to come clean with Canadians.”“We’re not making insinuations, we’re just asking why he can’t keep his story (straight).”It is difficult to pinpoint the origin of the rumour, though the Star was approached several weeks ago by a right-wing activist with the story and invited to dig further. The Star thoroughly investigated Trudeau’s tenure at West Point Grey — devoting multiple reporters over multiple days — and found nothing to corroborate the tip. Other media have also been investigating.That work of j ...

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