Victoria blogger and former political insider Norman Spector has defended his column speculating that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had separated from his wife Laureen.
Yesterday, the Globe and Mail deleted Spector's article from its website. It carried the title "Why Ms. Harper joined the PM's Christmas interview", and referred to the Harpers' recent joint interview on CTV.
"We have removed the text of an original posting on this blog as it fell short of The Globe and Mail's editorial standards with respect to fairness, balance and accuracy," an editor's note stated.
Spector was chief of staff to former prime minister Brian Mulroney and before that was former B.C. premier Bill Bennett's deputy minister.
Today, Spector wrote on his site: "I’m still of the opinion that the deleted piece constitutes a worthy explanation of why he and Ms. Harper decided to do their first joint interview since the government came to power in 2006."
Several mainstream media outlets hammered Spector for the article, which surmised that the Prime Minister's Office chose two friendly broadcasters—CTV's Lloyd Robertson and Robert Fife—to squelch any rumour that he and his wife weren't together.
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