The CBC Rosemary Barton finally responds to comments she made on live TV during the long gun registry vote. See blog post on the quote here and listen to the actual quote for yourself.
The original quote: " ..it may be fair to point out that the Conservatives are whipped on their position here, so even of there was a Conservative MP from Quebec that didn't feel comfortable taking this position they would be forced to vote ah with their party in the same way the Liberals were."
Here is what she had to say today on Twitter. (my thoughts in parenthesis)
From BC Blue: @RosieBarton Rosie, is it true you called the Con caucus "whipped" on the Registry vote?
RB Reply: @bcbluecon I said they were voting along party lines. Is that wrong? (that is not what she said)
My reply: @RosieBarton Actually you said CPC "are whipped on their position here... forced to vote with their party in the same way the Liberals were.
RB: @Albertaardvark do you have proof that's wrong? (No proof for her statements, asks me to disprove her words instead)
My reply: @RosieBarton I know it is wrong but I didn't make the statement. BTW do u have any proof for your allegation?
RB: @Albertaardvark well, I guess we'll just disagree on what we know then. Cuz I'm not sharing either.
My reply: @RosieBarton So U will not offer proof of YOUR statement but it is up 2 me 2 disprove what u stated.Is that how accountability is done @CBC?
Wow. The logic she is using is mind blowing. No proof or defense of her own statement but rather she calls on me to disprove her words! I believe that this would be called fallacious reasoning and I can't seem to find it anywhere in the CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices.
Try that same logic with this one Rosie:
I say that the CBC has many Satan worshipers in its employ.* Prove me wrong!
The burden of proof lies with the person making the affirmative statement, and should not be placed on someone else to disprove that statement, which in the case of Satan worshipers at the CBC or the existence of unicorns would be impossible to do.
I thought I did a good job of showing why there was no need to whip the CPC to vote for what is a CORE policy of the party on this vote in my original post but let me add another quick point. Michael Ignatieff is out on record, multiple times, saying that he is whipping the Liberal vote, there is no record of PM Stephen Harper doing likewise. Does that sound like CPC MP's were "forced to vote ah with their party in the same way the Liberals were."
* exaggeration for effect. Or was it. Prove me wrong.
UPDATE: Rosie, who it appears can't take criticism or defend her own statements, has blocked me from following her on Twitter. Stay classy Rosie.
Latest Update 25 Sept: Rosie has now Protected ALL of her Tweets from being viewed. You now have to be one of the elite few selected by her to have the pleasure of seeing what she does while at work at the CBC on your dime.