MSM election bias on display: Stadium cost overrun under wraps
OB was chasing our story three days earlier in The Black Rod that a sports fan with his ear to the ground had heard the cost of the stadium was wildly out of control, as high as $190 million instead of the $115 million the city and province agreed to pay.
Asper came armed with an encyclopedia of excuses to avoid putting a total on the tenders.
"My sources tell me its in over the $130 million mark," said radio host Richard Cloutier, adding that this meant a proper stadium would cost $150-$170 million.
Everyone wants a "proper" stadium, Asper volleyed, and that's why he was counting on the partnership (that would be unelected Premier Greg Selinger, incumbent Mayor Sam Katz, plus the cashless Winnipeg Blue Bombers) to step up if "costs are more than originally anticipated."
"I'm thinking this will have to go back to (city) council at some point," said Cloutier.
"I don't know what would cause that to occur," said Asper.
Asper said his "partners" were briefed on the tenders last week. That means Sam Katz knows if the stadium project is careening over the cliff, but isn't telling the electorate.
The public, said Asper, could learn the new cost of the new stadium in a couple of weeks, which would be the day before the date of the civic election, Oct. 27.
That's how your local governments spend your tax money.
As predicted, Tuesday the mainstream media in Winnipeg openly demonstrated how biased their election reporting is.
The CBC, Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, Global News, and Winnipeg Sun all went ga-ga over the news that embattled River Heights incumbent John Orlikow filed a complaint about a flier attacking him for his role in backing a contentious bicycle path through the neighbourhood.
This would be the same media mob that's studiously refused to report that eight complaints have been filed against NDP candidate Ross Eadie in Mynarski ward following his public confession that the NDP is helping fund his campaign. It's against the law for any political party to contribute to an election campaign.
The biggest hypocrites are the "team" from the Winnipeg Free Press. The newspaper is running television spots and printing house ads touting their coverage of the election.
"Winnipeg's most comprehensive, in-depth civic election coverage" they brag. "Every twist and turn of the mayoralty race. Every ward race. Every school board race."
Reporter Melissa Martin was at the candidates meeting where Eadie blurted out that he couldn't afford to run without funding from the NDP. Did she run with the scoop? Nope. She did report that the moderator put down his microphone and left when Eadie wouldn't stop interrupting the other candidates.
Has the Free Press "team" reported on the alleged breach by the NDP of the NDP's own financing legislation? Nope.
Has the Free Press "team" reported on how toothless the legislation is? Or compared it to the impotence of the NDP's whistleblower legislation? Nope.
Has the Free Press "team" reported on Marc Lemoine's refusal to investigate the complaints that the election financing law is being broken? Nope.
Has the Free Press "team" reported on whether Winnipeg's senior election official has any power or resources to investigate breaches of the law? Nope.
Is this "Winnipeg's most comprehensive, in-depth election coverage?"
Sad to say, it might be.