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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Toronto Star publishes false story, but are we even surprised anymore?

Today, the Toronto Star (aka - The Red Star) got caught red handed publishing a completely false story about adding strippers and escort jobs on Canada's Job Bank listings.

I'm not normally one for posting the "Talking Points", but I got a copy of these forwarded to me, and figured I'd post them as is for your consumption:
Toronto Star story completely false

A story in today's Toronto Star, under the byline ‘Richard J. Brennan’ states our government is changing the policy on what careers will be posted on the federal government’s Job Bank website. The story makes the completely false claim that “the Conservative government wants to help unemployed Canadians find careers as strippers and for-hire escorts.”

This story is completely and utterly false. In fact, the “draft note” cited by the reporter has not been seen by Minister Finley’s office, nor would it ever have been a policy under consideration by our government.

Even more shocking, despite citing several reactions from opposition and stakeholders in the erroneous story, the reporter did not even call Minister Finley’s office for a response.

If he had, he would have learned that there is absolutely no basis in fact to claim this is government policy.

It is the height of irresponsible journalism to accuse the government of changing a policy without contacting the government itself for confirmation or comment.

It is sad that Canadians are subjected to such a lack of journalistic integrity, and that a major Canadian newspaper would give a story such prominence without first verifying the facts.

Because of this blatant lack of journalistic standards, Minister Finley’s office will be registering a formal complaint with the Ontario Press Council, the Parliamentary Press Gallery and the Public Editor of the Toronto Star.

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  • At Thu. Oct. 14, 02:29:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Bert said…

    Priceless !!

    I wonder when the Star will print a retraction ?.

    (wind blows, tumbleweed rolls across the scene)

  • At Thu. Oct. 14, 02:52:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Grumpy Old Man said…

    When will they print a retraction? Well, it is getting pretty darn cold out, so maybe, just maybe, some place may freeze next week...
    Oh, and if they do print a retraction, it'll be about three lines, bottom of page, near the back, and in the smallest print they can find.
    And they'll be chuckling all the while, because the damage has been done.

  • At Thu. Oct. 14, 07:46:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    But journalists aren't lowlifes - oh noooooo.

  • At Thu. Oct. 14, 07:53:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger CanadianSense said…

    Not shocked at all. Did they include Rob Ford in the hit piece?

    I don't blame the writers for the fiction. It's a job and they have been a liberal rag forever.

    Angelo is one of the few I can read. Not much else in content.

  • At Wed. Oct. 20, 12:16:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Anon1152 said…

    Your allegation (that the article is "completely false") would be more convincing if it also denied that the "memo" in question existed. It doesn't. And the [Red] Star article (at least as it is right now) doesn't say that the Minister's office has seen it. Which doesn't mean a whole lot given the power of the PMO compared to ministers.

    You also fail to mention that Charles McVety is quoted in the [Red] Star article, railing against the proposal. (He's a liberal, right?)

  • At Wed. Oct. 20, 08:19:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    1152, McVety was contacted by the Star about it, and railed about it as a result. He was PROMPTED, and fell for it. He didn't think to contact the Minister's office himself, and as such, has once again been embarrased by commenting on an issue he doesn't have all the facts on. (I'm no fan of his, by the way)

    Of course the memo does exist, but was an idea drafted by a low level staffer... one, whom in my opinion, is obviously at ideological odds with his or her employer.

  • At Wed. Oct. 20, 02:29:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Anon1152 said…

    Someday, I'd like to have a conversation with you about McVety. I don't understand him at all. But I digress.

    If the memo does exist, then the story is not "completely false". The first line is... disingenuous. Perhaps self-consciously so...

    But again, "completely false" is hardly a fair comment.

    Consider, for comparison, this report:

    Headline: "Michael Ignatieff's Liberals Refuse to Stand up for Canadian Sealers". But in fact only one liberal senator, not appointed by Ignatieff, was going to reintroduce a private members bill to end the seal hunt. The bill died immediately after it was first introduced, because not a single senator in the "liberal dominated senate" seconded the motion.

    Granted, that is the conservative party website, not a newspaper. But would you consider the Star article less honest than the press release about the seal hunt?


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