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Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:27 pm Post subject: Shelly Glover’s gaffe that never was
( it looks like global winnipeg twisted what Shelly Glover said and tried to create a make believe tory gaffe , one must wonder if things are getting that bad for the liberals ? this is a prime example why candidates should only talk to media when necessary and have a clear idea what they want to say before there interviewed , no random conversations with liberal reporters )
Shelly Glover’s gaffe that never was
Kathryn Blaze Carlson Mar 29, 2011 – 5:04 PM ET
Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press
Shelly Glover in early 2010
A prominent Tory said on Monday that a 68-year-old Grit MP has “passed her expiry date,” sparking a two-day media storm over what the Liberals called ageism. But with the benefit of raw video footage, interviews, and partisan statements emailed to the media, it seems it was the gaffe that never was.
Here, the National Post’s Kathryn Blaze Carlson dissects the anatomy of the non-gaffe, which stemmed from Monday night’s Global Winnipeg Evening News segment featuring Shelly Glover, the Conservative MP for Saint Boniface, and Anita Neville, the Liberal MP for Winnipeg South Centre.
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Around 2 p.m. Monday — Global News reporter Nelly Gonzalez interviews Ms. Glover outside her campaign headquarters. Here is a transcript of their exchange, based on raw video:
Ms. Gonzalez: We know that, with Anita Neville, that there’s a mystery candidate that hasn’t been announced yet … What do you know about that, and what do you think the chances are of your party regaining that seat?
Ms. Glover: I think Anita Neville is in trouble. I’ve only been in Parliament for two-and-a-half years, Nelly, and I’ll tell ya, there are a lot shenanigans going on in Parliament. We need some fresh blood, we need some new people who have some new ideas and who are willing to stand up for their constituents. And I’m afraid Ms. Neville has passed her expiry date. Her constituents are constantly coming to my office because they can’t receive service in French, because they can’t get a call back. I think Ms. Neville is going to be defeated.
6 p.m. — The “gaffe” segment airs on Global Winnipeg Evening News. Anchor Peter Chura introduces the segment by stating, “A high-profile Tory suggested that a Liberal MP is just too old for the job.” Here is a transcript of part of the aired segment:
Ms. Gonzalez: Anita Neville has been the Liberal MP for Winnipeg South Centre since 2000, and the 68-year-old is determined to fight another election. It’s still unclear who her Conservative opponent will be, but a Tory MP in a neighbouring riding stepped into the fray today, suggesting that Neville is too old.
Ms. Glover: We need some fresh blood, we need some new people who have some new ideas and who are willing to stand up for their constituents. And I’m afraid Ms. Neville has passed her expiry date.
Ms. Gonzalez: Shelly Glover is seeking re-election in Saint Boniface. Glover’s attack drew this response from Anita Neville: “It’s typical of the Conservative Party when they don’t have anything real or substantive to say to resort to name calling and personal attacks, it’s typical of the party and Shelly.”
7:18 p.m. — A spokesperson for Ms. Glover receives a Google News alert linking to a written version of the story online, posted to globalwinnipeg.com. Ms. Glover’s office contacts Global Winnipeg to say that the Tory MP was referring to Ms. Neville’s tenure in the riding. “She never referenced age whatsover,” a spokesperson for Ms. Glover told the National Post. “It’s not correct for the media to put words in her mouth.”
Around 8 p.m. — The Global News segment is posted to YouTube by a user named AgeistGlover.
9:58 p.m. — CARP, the national association representing Canada’s seniors, sends out a news release blasting Ms. Glover and demanding she retract her remarks. The statement questions whether Ms. Glover and the Conservative Party is ageist.
6:23 a.m. Monday — The Liberal Party emails a statement to the media quoting Ms. Neville. “I am not so much offended for myself as I am outraged on behalf of all seniors – especially senior women – whom the Conservatives seem to think are past their ‘expiry’ dates,” Ms. Neville said. The statement concludes with a link to the YouTube video posted by AgeistGlover.
9:57 a.m. — The Conservative Party emails a statement to the media quoting Ms. Glover. “My remarks were clear: I was referring to Ms. Neville’s performance as an MP, and only that,” Ms. Glover said in the release.
Around 10:30 a.m. — Ms. Glover appears on a local radio station to clarify her remarks.
10:32 a.m. — The Liberal Party emails another statement to the media. It says Ms. Glover launched a “personal, ageist attack” on Ms. Neville, and that the Tory MP made a “weak attempt to cover up her gaffe” in claiming she was referring to Ms. Neville’s longtime tenure. The release then goes on to list more than 30 Conservatives who have been in office longer than a decade.
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