I recently received some documents through freedom of information filings into the Alberta government which revealed how effective The Rebel is with the help of Albertans, and just how derelict the mainstream media is when it comes to the NDP.
Last year I did an investigation into water bomber contracts in the lead up to the Wood Buffalo wildfire. We learned that NDP cuts to the wildfire budget caused such confusion and chaos in the Ag and Forestry Ministry, that all the water bomber contracts in the province had to be cancelled just ten days before fire swept into Fort McMurray.
It was a massive scoop that was devastating for the NDP and despite the $4,000 cost to access those documents, we published them on our website so the mainstream media could do their jobs and cover the story too. But predictably, they did not.
The mainstream media turned a blind eye to the story, but I wasn’t done. I followed up on my original story with another FOI request. I wanted to know how the NDP reacted to my story on water bombers.
I asked the government to provide copies of any documents, including emails, memos, reports, media lines, Q&As, text or Instant messages, Blackberry PINs, briefing notes, etc., regarding water bombers between October 1, 2016 to November 9, 2016.
I’m happy to learn from the documents I received, the NDP were shaken and panicked by my story.
And even better than that, the NDP were getting deluged with inquiries from Albertans who wanted answers too, and wanted to know why the government had charged The Rebel so much to get the truth.
Watch my video to see the worried emails sent by government staffers trying to get their talking points straight and manage the damage done by my story.
I also have a theory or two about why the media continues to ignore these stories that do harm to the NDP.
The mainstream media cone of silence surrounding the NDP is why our independent journalism is so important. No one else is asking these questions.
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