A quick update to our faithful readers, and a big thanks for some of the most amazing traffic we've seen since the Olympics and the great comments. The stories we've reported over recent days such as the Oglov contract for the Mayor's office, the iPad purchase plan, and the VACMPS memo revealing City Hall morale going down a mineshaft (which became the front page story in today's Vancouver Sun) were a little complex in terms of their details, but not surprisingly our CityCaucus.com readers understood the issues implicitly.
While Mayor Gregor avoids local media (again) to answer questions about his change of position on the West End STIR plan (asking Geoff Meggs to respond instead), I thought it might be fun to draw your attention to a fun story that's gone somewhat viral among Vancouver's media crowd.
Blogger Alex G. Tsakumis has a recent post that reveals a reputed "media hit list" developed by the Vision backroom gang of their Top 15 most "reviled" civic affairs reporters in Vancouver. Apparently a few of us have got into Gregor & Magee's bad books. It's with a measure of pride and humility that I can tell you that I am Number One!
It still chokes me up that because of all of you – our coveted readers – I have been awarded with the top spot on Vision's rumoured list.
Now, the Mayor's office are scrambling to deny the story, as evidenced from this tweet from Kevin Quinlan. Is the hit list for real? Well, I wasn't so sure until late this afternoon when my editor at 24 Hours – who was one of many media to get a haranguing phone call from Mike Magee today – told me he is now convinced enough of the credibility of Vision's list that he will be running my column about it in tomorrow's paper. That said, it would be great to have some more convincing evidence.
This "hit list" story has got a few legs since it came out. Some very funny banter between Vancouver Sun reporter Jeff Lee, 24 Hours' Bob Mackin, myself and others took place over Twitter yesterday afternoon. Lee quipped that he wasn't high enough on the list, and Mackin even wrote his column from today on the topic.
But for me, folks, it's a little more serious. Vision have already begun a smear campaign on me (read my response to the smear here) using Linda Solomon's Vancouver Observer blog. Caught also in the crossfire is the Sun's Jeff Lee, who the Vancouver Observer accuse of lying and colluding with me to attack the Vision Vancouver City Hall. Last week, I appeared on CBC Radio and on-air the hyper-caffeinated Vision operative Marcella Munro accused me of unexplained financial malfeasance relating to my past work at City Hall.
Now it's all fine and well to attack a blogger, but as they say when you pick your battle with someone who buys ink by the barrell, things don't end well. By the way, if any of our readers is in the defamation law field and wants to drop me a line, find our contact info here.
Here is the list of The Fantastic 15 who are doing their damnedest to hold these weasels' feet to the fire.
- Mike Klassen (citycaucus.com)
- Alex Tsakumis (alexgtsakumis.com)
- Daniel Fontaine (citycaucus.com)
- Marisa Thomas (Global TV)
- Wayne Moriarty (The Province)
- Christy Clark (CKNW)
- Jill Bennett (CKNW)
- Janet Brown (CKNW)
- Jeff Lee (The Vancouver Sun)
- Harvey Oberfeld (harveyoberfeld.ca)
- Charlie Smith (The Georgia Straight)
- Bob Mackin (24 hours)
- Mike Howell (The Courier)
- Mark Hasiuk (The Courier)
- Geoff Dembicki (The Tyee)
My colleague Daniel is not too pleased about coming in two spots after his protogé, and he'll be posting his own thoughts about the Vision Hit List later today.
- post by Mike