Cheers to the CBC Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Department and Jeers to CKNW, Global News and VPD Chief Chu: The Vancouver Police ‘Porngate’ Being Played Down and Media Theft…and My New Job Working for Christy
Last night when I broke the story on the Vancouver Police Department’s ‘Porngate’, I knew it would be huge. I worked it for awhile and finally when it was confirmed to me by yesterday afternoon by multiple officers of the VPD, I wrote it.
I usually make three calls when it’s that big. One, to my lawyer, because I always do unless it’s a simple story, a second to a long-time friend who is an independent and the third to someone at CKNW (no, not Simi and please don’t ask who). Parenthetically, if it’s a Christy/BC Rail story, I always get the calls from everybody.
Last night, I should’ve also called my pals at Global, but after they spiked a homerun story on caucus dissension (including BC Rail/Basi-Virk court documents linking Christy Clark to the scandal–AGAIN) just three days before the leadership vote, I’m a little reluctant to share everything with them first, like I used to.
So, I awaken this morning to the news that the VPD have hastily called an essentially impromptu press conference for 10:30am this morning–specifically to reply to my story. I was advised accordingly by another long-time pal at Global.
During the press conference, another Global reporter asks if the presser was announced so last-minute as a response to my breaking news piece from last night.
The response: “Yes, as soon as we saw it, we thought we should respond and explain immediately.”
TRANSLATION: Alex nailed us again. For months we’ve known about 15 members trading hardcore porn and we hid it, particularly with rampant accusations of sexism against us and the missing women’s inquiry as backdrop. If Alex hadn’t broken the news, we would have just sat here, hoping against hope that no one would pick it up. Unfortunately, Alex knows EVERYBODY, including many of our current and former members who are his friends and so now we have to tell the truth.
Let me repeat my calls for Jim Chu’s resignation; he’s a total disgrace. I’ve seen copies of some of the porn being exchanged. That wasn’t, as he put it, “what you might find in ‘Sports Illustrated’” unless Gisele Bundchen confuses her mouth with her nether region when she’s at the ice cream parlour. Gimme a break, Chief, cut the crap.
The point here was that they were content to hide this information. As Chief he had not one iota of integrity to do what is right and report this matter to the real shareholders who pay his salary–YOU! Instead, he and his administration hid it. He’s a viral liar. He’s not a chief–he’s a PR whore. We saw this during the riots and previously when I outed him on his lucrative contract extension–courtesy of Penny Ballem and Gregor Robertson, that included hefty bonuses for coming in under budget. No wonder he didn’t push when the police asked for more resources during the playoffs. And the result was? A nightmare, because he wouldn’t do his job. Coward.
But huge cheers to the Vancouver Police Department for actually having the decency to address the story properly, notwithstanding the Chief’s lies, as they confirmed every single bit of what I ran yesterday. I’m glad they’re moving quicker when they get caught, but the Chief’s BS was uncontainable. The reviews of his performance, by several reporters afterwards, were most unfavorable.
Huge jeers to both Global and CKNW, who have been running my story all day without one stitch of attribution. Considering how I GAVE IT to a CKNW reporter FIRST–right after I wrote it, and basically gift-wrapped it for them, very low budget, very cheap, very disappointing. The only class in that story was the reporter I gave it to and Simi Sara who apologized for not stepping in and providing full attribution when she covered it during her show. Interesting all the NW reporters covering the story were present at the VPD press conference when it was confirmed why the police responded, but ran the story as their own anyway. This includes their sister station, Global, who actually had part of the story wrong until I called and helped them out late this afternoon: until five today they were reporting that there was “surfing” involved. This is incorrect. Individual porn files were being traded–but no surfing or porn, as the VPD computers generally do not allow for that kind of access to the internet.
Huge cheers to CBC Vancouver. Not only did they provide me credit, both on TV and radio, but sent out two first class guys to interview me at the police station off Cambie. Think about it: I caused them immense grief over my breaking the Stephen Smart conflict story (and they know they’re wrong) but they still had the journalistic integrity to interview and acknowledge my work on the scoop. So, don’t think because Smart is conflicted that the CBC are without integrity. They could have done what Global and CKNW did, and didn’t. Big marks in my book and my heartfelt appreciation. Most honorable mention to CBC reporter Kirk Williams. One the most first class people I’ve ever had the privilege to be interviewed by.
And finally, in an unrelated matter, an hour ago, my pal Gary Mason at the Globe tweeted that I was the new Press Secretary to the Premier.
I know, you’re all laughing, but prepare to bust a gut: Some people have been emailing and calling Gary asking him if it’s true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S GONE VIRAL!!!
LOL! As if Christy would want me anywhere around and as if I’d want to work for corrupt people or leave my perch, which I love. Honestly, it’s NOT TRUE and Gary was obviously kidding. I cannot believe anyone would take that seriously, however…..look, Christy is a great mother and a good friend to have, we know lots of the same people and even share some good friends, but ME work for HER?!?!?!?! I don’t think so…
Geezus Murphy! Although I have to say, I laughed so hard my sides are hurting. Thanks Mason. I’ll have to think of something to get you back! LOL!
Now, all of you go tune in to the five o’clock news–for the teaser (and again at six or the full story) on CBC Vancouver, Channel 3. You might see someone you’ll recognize.