Apparently, according to Martyn Brown, when it is not actually done by he who is arranging it.
Or some such codswallop.
To be absolutely clear, that is my opinion only, and it is based on Keith Fraser of The Province's account of an exchange between David Basi's attorney Michael Bolton and Mr. Brown while the latter was being cross-examined Tues June 15/10:
......Bolton noted his client’s role in arranging for government supporters to call in to radio talk shows and ask “softball questions” for the premier.
He said Basi was “particularly effective” at those activities and others, which have been characterized as “political dirty tricks” by critics.
Brown said he saw nothing wrong with the phone calls, as long as Basi wasn’t making the calls himself.
“He had very good interpersonal skills,” he (Brown) said of Basi. “He was keen on what you could call stakeholder outreach. My understanding is that [former finance minister Gary] Collins had a lot of confidence in his ability to do that appropriately.”.......
Oh, and please note also that ratf*cking now has a new name.....'stakeholder outreach'.
Which is fine also, apparently, as long as it is done 'appropriately'.
Need a Segretti primer and/or refresher?......The Wiki version is actually not half-bad.