This is from 2005 in Britain but we saw the same script played out here last month:
When SpinWatch asked Tory central press office to clarify the roles being played by Crosby and Textor the conversation was as follows:
SpinWatch: ‘I was wondering if you could clarify the role that Lyndon Crosby and Mark Textor are having in the Tories election campaign’.
Tory press-spokesperson: ‘Lyndon Crosby is the campaign Director and the man in charge. That is all I can tell you.’
SpinWatch: ‘And Mark Textor?’
Tory: ‘I can’t tell you anything about Mark Textor,’
SpinWatch: ‘Why not?’
Tory: ‘ Because its not policy to do so,’
SpinWatch: ‘Is he working for the Tories?’
Tory: ‘I can’t say anything about it.’
SpinWatch: ‘You can’t say anything about it? – Can I take your name?
SpinWatch: ‘That’s not very helpful. Is there any reason why you are not being helpful?
Tory: ‘I am not saying any more’
The actual article, by the way, links Mark Textor to tobacco giant Phillip Morris. Spinwatch maintains that Textor acted as a “Key consultant for Philip Morris in Australia, and was a delegate at a conference where the tobacco company discussed exploiting the issue of youth smoking”.
What a guy.