Edited version of Marjaleena Repo's "On
Vancouver Sun, Friday, Friday, January 25, 2008
Shafting by Yaffe based on factoids, canards
by Marjaleena Repo
Re: Maverick Orchard finds a new party to tangle
with, Jan. 11
Barbara Yaffe coins a new term, "orcharded," to
describe the shafting of an individual.
I'm now coining another term for the same phenomenon,
and that is being "yaffeed." It means a person being
shafted by someone who writes about them without knowing
Yaffe builds her column with so many factoids and
canards that one does not know where to begin.
David Orchard is not an "organic produce
businessman;" he is a farmer. He is not a "social
conservative," as Yaffe claims, by any stretch of the
She also casually calls Orchard an "oddball," a
"nuisance," not a "comfortable fit for the Liberals,"
leaving the reader to imagine what she might mean with
these derogatory terms.
Yaffe also writes that Orchard is "critical of any
Canadian alignment with the U.S.," but fails to explain
what she can possibly mean by that, unless it is just a
code word for another media cliché that Orchard is
Yaffe writes that "on becoming a Liberal he [Orchard]
declared his intention to run in the northern riding."
In fact, Orchard joined the Liberal party in January
2006 and declared his willingness to run in the northern
riding in October 2007, after being repeatedly asked by
the leader and both national election co-chairs to run
for a seat in Saskatchewan.
Not only was he encouraged to do so, but he was
assured that there would be a fair nomination race with
no appointment in that riding.
I hope that Yaffe never has an occasion to write
about me, as I don't look forward to being "yaffeed."
Marjaleena Repo is a senior adviser to David Orchard.