In a bizarre ‘apology’, the Toronto Star’s public editor Kathy English says that the story they ran on Russian President Vladimir Putin and PM Stephen Harper was “offside” but still tries to lay partial blame on the Prime Minister’s Office:
“On this, I learned something about the rather Byzantine manner of the PMO’s communications style. It seems to me that [reporter] Westhead didn’t grasp a code that the Star’s Ottawa bureau reporters have come to understand.” (see here)
Notice that there is no explanation from English as to why Star spokesman Bob Hepburn said that they were standing by the reporter’s story which the PMO had also denied (see here).
Swept under the carpet and of course no one loses their job.