National Post follows Star into gutter with Rob Ford “worst person in world” story

It was bad enough but expected when the Toronto Star ran a story based on the libellous segment from Current TV’s (an on-line formatted news channel founded by Al Gore) Keith Olbermann but for the National Post and the other Postmedia papers to do the same, was a surprise.

Curious what the National Post’s Kelly McParland, who likes to condemn other news organizations for running inane stories, thinks about how far his paper has fallen searching for revenue through ad-click rates as opposed to gaining readership the old-fashioned way with good reporting?

 

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Oh oh, Justin Trudeau says that Liberal Party isn’t “serious”

In an interview with the Globe and Mail when asked about his decision not to seek the Liberal leadership, Justin Trudeau admitted that Liberal back-room boys are still manipulating the process:

“I don’t see the Liberal Party as serious as I’d like it to be about reinventing and re-imagining itself,” he said, noting that the leadership should come from the bottom up and not the top down. The party has already been through that, he said, and it has “gotten us nowhere.” (see here)

Trudeau has now outed his party on not being honest about their efforts to rediscover itself from the ground up.

 

Campaign for CBC Ombudsman to get involved in Rob Ford smear

As the CBC has now tripled-down (see here) on not backing away from its smear campaign against Rob Ford, there is a limited number of ways for them to be forced to apologize and remove those responsible.

One would be the obvious lawsuit which I highly doubt Ford wishes to push as it will only keep this attack in the spotlight and as I’ve said before, since we are the ones paying the legal bills at the CBC, there is no accountability or punishment for those who would waste our money in this manner.

A lengthy expensive court case would ensue where the CBC would run biased stories every day (aided by their media cohorts) finally ending in a private deal made with Ford and no admission of guilt from the CBC. It’s just way too obvious how it would all play out.

The 2nd possible solution would be getting the CBC Ombudsman involved. After seeing how the Ombudsman is so quick to get involved with complaints on Don Cherry or Kevin O’Leary it’s my hope to turn the tables and start utilizing the same tactic.  This method is not easily ignored.

Here is the CBC’s policy:

SOURCES

Double Sourcing

Our commitment to accuracy and integrity means we try where possible to verify the information with a second source. And there may be times when more than two sources are required.

Our stories are based on information we have verified. Wherever possible, our stories use first hand, identifiable sources- participants in an event or authenticated documents.

The importance of second sourcing is influenced by the nature and quality of the primary source.

If the primary source is confidential, we will, to the best of our ability, attempt to verify the accuracy of the information through independent corroboration.

We will refer any decision to publish a story based on a single confidential source to the Director

So please, write to the CBC Ombudsman Kirk LaPointe (here) and file a complaint making sure you copy the message to the minister in charge of the CBC, James Moore here and PM Stephen Harper here.

Enough is enough.

Will CBC’s Kady have time for Climategate II?

Curious if the CBC’s Kady O’Malley can be pulled away from her gig texting for the Postmedia owned Ottawa Citizen long enough to look into the latest climate warming scandal? (see here)

You’ll remember Adrian MacNair confronting O’Malley on the CBC TV show, Power and Politics about wilfully ignoring Climategate the first time around (see here) which was MacNair’s first and last appearance on CBC.

Another Green Party covert operation helped along by willing media?

This article by the radio station CKNW (Christy Clark’s prior employer) on the “watch-dog group” Integrity BC efforts to stop political party donations from unions and corporations piqued my curiosity as it’s an issue I’d love to see happen here in BC.

But after being burnt by OpenMedia in February (see here) I’ve become very wary of these self-proclaimed “democratic/non-partisan/grass-roots” groups so I Googled the contact person given in the story, Dermod Travis after checking out their very nice and expensive looking website.

Turns out Travis was the former Communications Director for the Green Party of Canada and is featured extensively on the website greenpartystrategy.com which lists itself as:

“a website dedicated to helping citizens build successful green parties at the civic, provincial/state and national levels of government”

Now, maybe Travis has all-of-a-sudden become a neutral non-partisan as Integrity BC’s website states (his bio doesn’t include any Green Party info) but that doesn’t excuse the media for not including his past(?) political affiliations.

I have asked CKNW why it failed to list that very important fact in the story and will update when and if I get an answer.

Update: My letter to CKNW

Integrity BC

I am concerned that in your story, you didn’t include the information that Dermod Travis was the former Communications Director for the Green Party of Canada and is featured extensively on the website greenpartystrategy.com which lists itself as:

“a website dedicated to helping citizens build successful green parties at the civic, provincial/state and national levels of government”

Without including this pertinent bio info, your audience wouldn’t have had the opportunity to judge for themselves if this group was truly non-partisan as it claims to be on its website you mention.

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