Update, Friday Afternoon: Merv Adey has the latest on the 'leaning' aspect of this story....Here
A while back blogger Merv Adey, with the help of an inquisitive reader, explained why those BC Liberal government ads claiming that 20 billion dollars had been invested in the province because of LNG were filled to bursting with codswallop.
Subsequently, Mr. Adey's reader filed a complaint about the ads being misleading to the 'Advertising Standards Council' (ASC). According to Merv, here's what happened:
...Who knew that the ASC worked so fast? Eleven days later, at the height of the Christmas season no less, our guy is informed that rather than respond to the complaint… the BC Government has decided to withdraw the misleading $20 Billion figure from all its advertising. The ASC now considers the matter closed, though a case summary with no names attached will appear on the ASC’s quarterly report...
All of which is a great story of how Clarklandian codswallop can be dealt with effectively by the citizenry, particularly when the puffed-up proMedia punditry continues to happily wallow in said codswallop, snouts down, in search of the tastiest bits of submerged insider access offal at the bottom of the trough.
But then Andrew MacLeod of the Tyee did a little extra digging and the story took a turn...
Mr. MacLeod first contacted the Clarklandian natural gas development ministry for a comment and got stonewalled.
So he called the fine folks in charge of government propaganda, a.k.a. the advanced education ministry (that last bit is not a joke in case you were wondering), and got a PAB-Botian-type spokesthingy on the line who said that Mr. Adey was mistaken because the government had, indeed, responded:
...The decision to take the LNG ad out of rotation “a few days” early was not directly due to the complaint, the spokesperson said. He said Advertising Standards Canada had “erroneously” told the complainant in a Dec. 21 letter that it was.
After the government complained to the ASC about the Dec. 21 letter, the agency sent a second letter to the complainant. “The letter states: ‘In effect, the substance of the complaint was not determined by ASC or Standards Council. However, the advertiser opted to remove the advertisement and ASC now considers the matter closed.’”
The advanced education ministry spokesperson said the government had sent material supporting its claim to Advertising Standards Canada, which said it was going to review the matter.
It made sense to pull the ad since it was coming out of rotation soon and was getting complaints, the spokesperson said...
There you have it....
Even when they are caught with their pants on fire these fine folks (folks who are paid by you and me) can twist absolutely anything into a pretzellian logic turd that can clog even the largest diameter crapper.
Merv, via the Twittmachine, has let us know that he has an update coming.
And I would not be surprised to see a follow-up from Mr. Macleod.
As for the local puffed-up punditry?
Well, given that they know who butters their insider accessed offal-laden toast shanks located deep within the codswallop trough, I'm pretty sure they will move onto the next really big obvious thing as soon as possible.
And as for that 'material supporting its claim' that the government allegedly sent to the Advertising Standards Council?....Will that ever see the light of day?...Somehow I doubt that too.