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The Jared O’Mara story isn’t about the internet—it’s about how we decide who should be in politics

The internet's long memory hasn't helped O'Mara. But these weren't distant teenage blunders—and their import isn't limited to the digital sphere

By Stephanie Boland  

As the Jared O’Mara saga enters its third day, led by further stories on political gossip blog Guido Fawkes, there’s one question on everyone’s lips (well, at least one question): how did it get to this point?

The truth is, political vetting is often quite successful: it is relatively usual to Google candidates and sift through their Tweets, although parties have certainly slacked in the past. Yet the resources required for proper vetting on a short turnaround are enormous. As one Canadian Liberal strategist explained after a political expose there in 2015, the…

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