Ian Mulgrew, writing in the VSun today, makes the case that it was 'web-chatter' that drove the feeding frenzy that erupted in the wake of story in a local not-quite mainstream newspaper that was based on the affadavits of a number of folks that went to schools in Burns Lake 40 years ago.
But here's the thing....
Check the google - just type in the appropriate surname and there are literally hundreds of MSM reports on the story, both the accusations and the denials.
Even more importantly, and anti-web chatterish, however was the way the local Lotuslandian electronic media responded.
Take CKNW, for example.
Heckfire, they were on it all afternoon the day after the source story was published. In addition, Dan Russell, on his sports talk show ran a panel 'discussion' on the thing for an entire hour later that night.
So, in light of all this, I would posit that, to a great extent, the herd-like stampede of the so-called 'legitimate' media actually drove the 'web chatter'.
Which means that, perhaps, the frenzy, as well as, according to Mr. Mulgrew, the premature 'drawing and the quartering' just might not be the fault of the great unwashed but rather, well, you know....