The upshot of Manning's arguments is that the whole Duffy affair wouldn't have happened if the Parliamentary Press Gallery had a rule in place that prohibited members from taking a government appointment for five years after they leave the Press Gallery.
In short, "Hey look! The problem is over there!".
No Mr. Manning, your transparent and ridiculous attempt to direct attention away from the centre of the maelstrom is not going to work.
At this point, Canadians have known that Harper has lied to them about every aspect of the Senate scandal repeatedly. We have considerable evidence that the boys in the PMO were cooking up a cover-up of Mike Duffy's expenses right under Harper's nose, and even more evidence still points to his direct involvement.
Trying to lay the blame for this at the doorstep of the Press Gallery is ridiculous.
Did the Press Gallery lobby openly for a Senate appointment for Mr. Duffy? No, Mr. Duffy did that himself.
Did the Press Gallery appoint Mr. Duffy to the Senate? No, Mr. Harper did that.
Did the Press Gallery lie about Mr. Duffy's residency? No. Mr. Harper and Mr. Duffy came up with that little crock, as did Ms. Wallin and Mr. Harper.
Did the Press Gallery lie to Canadians about its involvement in this mess? No, Mr. Harper has done that repeatedly, in the House of Commons no less.
Did the Press Gallery push Mike Duffy to campaign on behalf of the CPC in 2011 and expense it back to the Senate? No. Mr. Harper's party certainly encouraged it.
Right smack in the middle of the whole Senate affair are three Senators - Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau who abused their privileges as Senators for the benefit of their party. In common with them? The man who appointed them to the Senate in the first place - Stephen Harper.
There is not one shred of evidence that has placed so much as a hint of this mess at the door of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and reams of evidence that has been published that has placed Stephen Harper and his inner circle of advisors squarely in the midst of it.
In short, the problem here is that a corrupt government, led by a power-hungry, lying Prime Minister has appointed people to the Senate and given them license to act dishonestly. The man who should be held responsible is the Prime Minister - Stephen Harper.