Green Party leader Elizabeth May isn’t exactly sure how the internet works

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Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May. Photo Shutterstock

Green Party of Canada leader, Elizabeth May, made a baffling decision to pick a fight with the media yesterday. It’s partly odd because her beef seems to contradict the truth which she had tweeted only hours before.

Siding with a meteorologist on Twitter who was angry that an issue he’s passionate about didn’t seem to be the lead news story nationally, May let into the CBC and The Globe and Mail. She made sure to brand her tweet with the #GPC hashtag, to let people know her ill-informed opinion is the official stance of the Green Party of Canada.

Some of her followers got whipped into a frenzy, replying that the media is corrupt/the enemy (where have we heard that before?). One lumped in their complaint that the news wasn’t slanting their coverage of the recent New Zealand tragedy against Donald Trump hard enough, and that there’s some sort of coverup happening.

I picked through the trash with rubber gloves so you don’t have to, but HERE is May’s original tweet if you want to scroll through it and read the responses yourself.

While some fools took Ms May for her word and piled on, others did some very simple and quick fact checking.

CTV News at 6 anchor, Scott Roberts, let Elizabeth know what she might have missed on other outlets.

CBC’s Justin McElroy did a quick search and shared 7 stories that the public broadcaster did on the subject she claims they “didn’t mention”.

The funny thing is that May seemed to have a different experience only a few hours before. She apparently went to the CBC website and read a piece on the thing she said they hadn’t covered. Heck, she even tweeted about it as proof that she did. Check the time stamp below, a mere 3 hours before her complaint.

Ms May, here’s how the internet works:

– News outlets cover stories that are newsworthy, and when you go to their homepages immediately after they publish them, those stories appear on the “front page”, as it were.
– When you go to those same news websites the day after they’ve covered stories, there is “new” news that takes the place of that old news. The stuff from the previous day gets pushed back into the archives.
– As my colleague Chris Campbell from Burnaby Now so eloquently put it: “The first three letters in the word news are n-e-w”.

Ms May, You went to the CBC website the day after this event happened and concluded that they didn’t cover it because you didn’t see it upon a cursory look at the front page. This was after you tweeted a story with a link to a story they did!

You’re doing lazy work, insulting the media in this country, sowing division between it and the citizens who trust us for their news. Deriding us for a fault that is entirely your own is not only gross, it’s irresponsible.

Please consider taking a few moments out of your day online letting the truth get in the way of your rhetoric. You can do better.

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