Bill Tieleman Replies: And–In Silence Confirms He Works for A Former BC Rail/Basi-Virk Nemesis
The last twenty four hours have been very instructive to me.
It’s funny, isn’t it? I’ve spent the vast majority of time here over the last two years pointing out how terminally useless Christy Clark is as a politician and premier.
The fawning from the left was unending. I am “balanced” and “fair” and “brave” and “venerable” and “the best.”
But I lanced Bill Tieleman yesterday (someone finally had to), for his breathtaking hypocrisy of taking PR contracts with government related parties and unions, while pretending to be a even-handed writer, and this time, the left are wailing in the blogosphere that I’ve assassinated their Mohammed right in the middle of Mecca.
Just call me Salman.
“Tsakumis is a trustfunder.” Untrue. “Alex is a crackpot.” Untrue. “What a fucking loser!” Um, not today. The epithets, from those referring to me as a “bully” (this week’s convenient theme from the envious) were endless. Daniel Fontaine, still heavily littering 24 Hours with ridiculous, boring columns, even vomited a little article about it, not even caring that he was an unrepentant, full-on, dizzying bully with the media while employed as former mayor Sam Sullivan’s Chief of Gaffe.
There was even a comment on Tieleman’s blog by a psychotic marijuana legalization dolt about some beating he allegedly took from me on facebook.
Probably, but too bad I don’t remember it, so I can enjoy the memory again!!! I love beating up on people who lie to the public about anything!
More to the point. When I’m excoriating the BC Conservatives or BC Liberals, I’m a great guy to (some of) the left wingers who dwell here (others are very balanced). But dare I go near any of their sacred cows on the left, and they’re gathering nails and building a cross on a hill with my name on it.
A sure double standard? You be the judge.
Yesterday, after I revealed Bill Tieleman’s shocking contract with the British Columbia Medical Association–helmed by former BC Rail/Basi-Virk settlement fixer, Alan Seckel, the blogosphere went wild. I “attacked” Bill. I “embarrassed him.” I took “cheap shots.”
Really? Pay attention–I did nothing of the sort.
Mind, I needn’t have lifted a finger for the truth to reveal itself.
Bill did it for me.
•In response to my allegation that he hasn’t appropriately lauded MLA John vanDongen for going to bat on behalf of all British Columbians in the matter between Christy’s backpeddling, corrupt government and its own Auditor General, Bill, and may I state, quite laughably, offers a column wherein he, in fact, DOES NOT laud vanDongen, but simply quotes him and covers his sacrifice.
•In response to my accusation that he’s RECENTLY gone soft on the BC Rail/Basi-Virk scandal(s), Tieleman, again. laughably–but tellingly, offers up a link to one of his pieces on Erik Bornmann–BUT FROM 2007!!! Then he follows that with a (superb) piece he did–BUT FROM 2008! Do you get it? I’m saying he’s now gone soft on this for some reason…he says no, but can’t cite recent pieces of any worth or offer a substantive rebuttal.
• Finally, in response to my revelation that he is indeed working under Alan Seckel–a man whose work in government was deemed by Tieleman a cover-up of much of the BC Rail and subsequent Basi-Virk matter, and, in my opinion, whose work now leading the BCMA has brought undeniable hardship to British Columbians, by pitting doctors against patients; right into the jaws of the healthcare crisis in this province–Tieleman won’t deny it because he knows DAMN WELL, it’s true. He works under a man he and others painted as the anti-Christ.
This was a response, Bill? Seriously? You further indicted yourself and vapourized any credibility you had left as a writer or activist.
Is someone paying you, as well, to rally against the Conservatives in Ottawa on the Kits Point Coast Guard closing? I’m not saying they have, but it’s a fair question based on your BCMA ties. I want the Coast Guard station to stay open, too, and have written about what an utterly boneheaded decision it is, but by working for Seckel, you outed yourself as anything but fair and balanced or even credible.
When Tieleman was tossed from NW I thought it was wrong, and wrote accordingly. When people criticized him for partaking in the HST fight, I hailed him as the hero he was.
His political bias isn’t simply the problem, it’s that he doesn’t understand how devastating this contract with the BCMA is to his credibility.
He doesn’t care, clearly.
As for his assertion that I ended our friendship years ago with my “bad behavior”, that’s another Tieleman spin job (so much for being “one of BC’s best communicators”):
When I was still his colleague in 2009, three times in six months, while my column’s popularity at 24 Hours had easily eclipsed his, he took shots at me in his Tuesday column space. I went to my then editor and asked if we were a team or not. I don’t mind taking criticism, but for a colleague AND FRIEND to despicably group me together with climate change skeptics that allegedly were taking bribes from major oil companies, was beyond the pale. If it was anyone else alluding to that, I’d have immediately sued.
When he did it the last time, over my salient and factual positions against the lies told by his personal friend James Hoggan–a global warming doomsterist and climate change catastrophe propagandist, Tieleman attacked one last time.
That was it, I was on my way out the door–I immediately resigned as columnist–even though, the publisher begged me to find a way of staying. I wouldn’t without a published apology to me and my throng of readers. I wrote Tieleman three stinging, nasty emails–expletive laden and raw, telling him what a cheap shot artist I thought he was. (My then editor, I found out later was dating a PR consultant friend of Tieleman’s and Hoggan’s–thats why the cheap shot in Tieleman’s column was permitted). Your name, in this business, is everything and I wasn’t about to let someone, anyone, sully mine.
Nevertheless, I guess Bill forgets my emails to him not long ago about his beloved mother’s passing (she was an amazing, extraordinarily lovely individual, who I had the distinct pleasure of meeting, twice) or my recent emails offering to get his equally wonderful daughter a private room while she was in hospital for a procedure. Emails he very gratefully and graciously returned.
Sorry, Bill. You drew first blood years ago. But I hit the bullseye yesterday, and it exploded, so now you’re smarting. That’s unfortunate.
And you can have all the crazies in the world infest the comments section of your blog and make up whatever they like about me, I couldn’t care less. 95% of them are nuts anyway–just read their insanity. And since they won’t use real names when they write like that…whatever, yawn. Their epithets against me are as meaningless as they are.
So, now everyone knows the real story.
But let’s ask the pertinent question again, since Tieleman couldn’t answer it with any substance or sincerity: Has he gone quiet on BC Rail/Basi-Virk because he’s working under former BC Rail/Basi-Virk fixer Alan Seckel at the BCMA?
His credibility is shot and many NDPers in Victoria, who contacted me yesterday and today, are very concerned about the image this portrays, considering Tieleman’s professed closeness to premier-in-waiting Adrian Dix. They are rightly concerned about the obvious bias.
But they need their head’s examined as well. When Tieleman was at their leadership convention covering for The Tyee and 24 Hours, prominently affixed to his lapel was a “Vote Adrian Dix’ button. I was there. And none of them saw anything wrong with that at all.
Finally, Tieleman claims to not reveal his client list and wants me, instead, to reveal my sources of income or “clients.” Um, I’m not a PR hack, or consultant and have absolutely no clients whatsoever. There is no trust fund from my parents, as alleged by Tieleman’s crazies on his blog. My income doesn’t come from anyone or anything other than real estate and business investments, that have not a thing to do with anyone I cover in the media or any jurisdiction I report on.
If they did, I would have a MORAL OBLIGATION to reveal them, as a courtesy to my readers and the networks and stations, that cover my work.
Okay Bill, your turn. Let’s see your contract with Seckel’s group if there is nothing to fear and you weren’t, as some people are suggesting, bought. Your feeble reply yesterday raises more questions than it answers.
If you don’t work for the BCMA, say so, and I’ll print a full retraction, an even fuller apology and leave it up in this space for a week. But you know damned well you work for the BCMA and you know damn well how that happened. I’ll spare you on that last one.
Go on, tough guy. C’mon, you have nothing to fear, except that from now on your credibility will be called into question every time you touch a cause, write a column or say a word about anyone or anything.
Bill, the next time you and any of your left wing foamers (as opposed to some very good NDPers) attack Patrick Kinsella for ANYTHING, I’ll defend him against you all day long–not because he’s lily white, but because you aren’t either.
Far from it.
Think about this, too: Bill Tieleman is covering the provincial government beat while receiving YOUR provincial tax dollars through the BCMA–that’s how they are in large part funded. Or are they paying him in beans? Have a look at the softened tone of Tieleman’s columns against the Clark government over time, over the last little while.
Noticing a pattern?
The bigger question: What happens after the NDP are elected in May? You get it? If Tieleman remains a pro-NDP columnist and synchronously works for the BCMA, he’ll continue to receive tax dollars from a government he admits he’s in favour of. Does that sound right to anyone??? He’ll be in a sure conflict–bigger than the one he’s in now.
Oh well, just another day at the BC ‘s ever-available trough. AND ALL ON YOUR DIME. No wonder the NDP assisted the BC Liberals in hiding the expenses of MLAs.
You know what? I’m starting to think Gordon Wilson might have had it right all along…nothing ever gets done in this province…
Because the trollops adjust their garters and go right back to work–and it apparently doesn’t matter whose colours they’re wearing.
You’re the ones getting screwed, either way.