Anatomy of a Paddywhacking

Trebles all ’round at CTV News over the Patrick Brown scoop, relentlessly chased down by serial career-killer Glen McGargoyle and the network’s rookie of the year, online producer Rachel Aiello.


CTV chief bingo caller Lisa LaFlamme has been particularly effusive about the exemplary enterprise journalism that torpedoed the aspiring premier.

But it turns out Aiello, who hopped over to CTV from the Hill Times last summer, was uniquely placed to get the story from one of Paddy’s two anonymous accusers.

The accuser in question, Chelsea Nash, was Brown’s former constituency assistant. She claimed he got her drunk after one of his Hockey Night in Barrie extravaganzas in 2013, then invited her into his bedroom to view photos of his trip to Asia (‘etchings,’ shurely?!–ed.)

“The next thing I know he’s kissing me. Sitting beside me, kissing me and then I was, I kind of just froze up. He continued to kiss me and he laid me down on the bed and got on top of me. I remember consciously trying not to move my mouth and I was just not moving, so I was laying there immobile and he kept kissing me,” she recalled. “I felt it was sexual. I could feel his erection on my legs when he was on top of me so I felt that it would have gone to sexual intercourse if I had not done anything,” she said. “I would characterize that as a sexual assault.”

Nash went from her constit. job with Paddy to an intern gig at the Hill Times, where she became fast friends with Aiello.

One thing led to another and, well, Brown’s now yesterday’s bagels.

Beware the young girls network!




9 comments on “Anatomy of a Paddywhacking
  1. Papadoc says:

    What a simpleton, she “felt it was sexual”? At what point? I guess the wet kisses and throbbing penis suddenly tripped her mind. Women like this shouldn’t be allowed out without chaperones.

    • OJM says:

      Well, yes. It seems we’ve managed to raise up a generation of women completely unaware of standard horndog procedure. Young ladies (written in my Jerry Lewis voice)…when a man invites you into a room containing a mattress it’s usually not to discuss Proust. People once spoke of a man “bedding” a woman…perhaps we should bring the term back into use, as a helpful mnemonic.

    • Alan Smithee says:

      Here. I fixed that for you. “I guess the unwanted* wet kisses and throbbing penis suddenly tripped her mind.”

  2. Rsamery says:

    The CTV online gal, Rachel Aiello, the one that co-wrote this story, hid the identity of the prime informant, Chelsea Nash. Aiello is Nash’s bestie. They both worked together at the Ottawa Hill Times, they both left the Hill Times, they are both gay, and close enough to maybe be more than just besties.

    It’s one thing to hide the identity of a primary source, it’s another to use a source who is so closely tied to you, but it crosses a red line to not disclose a personal relationship.

    Is journalism dead, or just hiding behind a torrent of salacious entertainment. Very sad really.

  3. Stbarnabas says:

    What’s the story on the other woman whose claim is a lot more serious than this one? With just Nash there’s not really a story worth going with.

  4. Submitted Comment says:

    I have had all 4 of my posts in the Toronto Sun and National post referencing your piece on Nash and Brown deleted as spam. Someone doesn’t want your excellent work to be public knowledge. I thought we had free speech in Canada, apparently not.
    –Brian Stewart

  5. Alan Smithee says:

    This old man, he played two,
    He played knick-knack on the Blue
    With a knick-knack paddywhack,
    Give the dog a bone,
    This old man’s career is blown.