A local blogger sparked a social media frenzy this week after first uncovering, then perfectly presenting, a case of “media manipulation” on two local TV newscasts. He broke the story that with cameras rolling, a local real estate company had two employees pose as prospective Chinese home buyers – at their own condo development. CBC and CTV were duped in the pitch aimed at goosing a spike in interest from Mainland China around the Lunar New Year. The company’s initial apology “for any misunderstanding this may have resulted in” likely only fanned the flames. By yesterday afternoon, the story had gone mainstream – see here, here, and here. We’re told the Real Estate Council of B.C. will be investigating the matter, as some wonder if a media manipulation trend is emerging. CTV News addressed the situation last night:

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