ROTHENBURGER – Let’s stand up and say what we mean, not just sort of

THE FOLLOWING QUOTE, not a word of a lie, is verbatim from an on-air media interview in which a guest is being asked about a political issue:

“So, you know, can sort of propagating a fact using an election campaign be a partisan activity, that’s, a lot of people say that doesn’t make any sense.

“Yeah and so given all that .. and you know the fact that Maxime (Bernier) did come out and sort of say that the ruling is absurd himself I guess, just how. How  realistic do you believe that this ruling from Elections Canada could potentially move forward, I mean do you think this is something that although it was sort of discussed it kind of came up in ways yesterday but do you think it’s something that actually might proceed moving forward or will get any sort of real discussion in terms of making it a partisan issue in the near future?”

If I could be granted just one wish for the new year, it would be that the above words be legislated as illegal and subject to a hefty fine.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Let’s stand up and say what we mean, not just sort of

  1. Sean McGuinness // January 5, 2020 at 8:03 PM // Reply

    Sloppy, inane, fluffy journalism has no place in the living rooms of our nation. Unfortunately, these days a lot of crap masquerades as journalism, and a lot of idiots masquerade as journalists. Frank Zappa summed it up nicely (and this applies more widely today):

    “Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.”

  2. Funny how just last week you lambasted our City council for “sort of a bald leadership” but I get the sentiment…lots of words, little action. In other news, the City now has 11 people in their communication department…but no one to tell us how it really is. For that we rely on you MR!

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