Postmedia issues “clarification” for Stephen Maher’s false Conservative donor story


But Maher will keep his job?


A Postmedia News article published on Nov. 23 reported that several people listed as donors to the Conservative riding association of Laurier-Sainte-Marie in Montreal had denied making the donations. As reported in a followup story on Nov. 24, the Conservative Party made public on Nov. 23 copies of cheques that the party had previously declined to provide and that showed that the donations had indeed been made. At no time did Postmedia News intend to suggest any impropriety on the part of Sen. Leo Housakos or any other party official involved in the fundraising.

For background on this story, see the earlier post here


15 Responses to “Postmedia issues “clarification” for Stephen Maher’s false Conservative donor story”

  1. Guffman Says:

    Fire his ass!! How much more incompetence, innuendo and blatant falsification does Postmedia need to see from Maher before pulling the plug? And fire the editor the lets all of his crap go to print as well.

  2. Liz J Says:

    Nah, he won’t lose his job, Post Media has taken the responsibility for this Dud journalist’s “reporting”. When an agenda is involved Duds never bother to do any sleuthing in case or if the real facts don’t fit with their agenda.

  3. Michael Harkov Says:

    Is THAT supposed to be an apology for how blatantly wrong they were?

    Start litigating.

  4. Peter Says:

    Will Post media run a front page story with an apology for two successive days – they should?
    There should be some penalty for false accusations and the Post must take some responsibility.

  5. max Says:

    He’d be a good fit at CBC.

  6. Says:

    “At no time did Postmedia News intend to suggest any impropriety on the part of Sen. Leo Housakos or any other party official involved in the fundraising.”

    So the purpose for reporting the original allegation was…

  7. Bill Brasky Says:

    Maher is an absolute clown and a joke to journalism.

  8. Dirt Says:

    I won’t read anything with his name attached, his type of urnalism isn’t welcomed in my news paper world.

  9. dmorris Says:

    Dirt, read EVERYTHING this clown has to say,that’s the only way he can be held accountable!
    I DO hope someone is going to pursue legal action against the swine,it’s the only way to teach him a lesson.

  10. Brian Mouland Says:

    Compared to this clown Surfer Guy on TMZ looks like Carl Bernstein

  11. taxpayer Says:

    Well, “Robocalls” is going to Federal court on Monday, 10 December 2012 with the aim to invalidate 6 CPC riding results. Guelph isn’t one of them:

    An article penned by Mr. McGregor et al.

  12. Anne in swON Says:

    That is no clarification. In fact, they seem to be implying that they did check with the CPC by stating: “…the Conservative Party made public on Nov. 23 copies of cheques that the party had previously declined to provide…” When and by whom were they supposedly asked? Their so-called clarification merely adds to the confusion.

  13. jon Says:

    Why should Maher be fired? Wouldn’t make sense to do that. Such actions should only be expected of a reputable news outlet when one of its reporters is caught using deceptive, often omission-laden reporting practices to push his own bias-driven narratives…. if a fact doesn’t quite fit in the way you want to tell a story, hey, just leave it out is Maher’s belief apparently.

    But what I love is whenever it’s reversed, whenever a conservative maligns a member of the Media Party (Brazeau vs. Ditchburn, for example), it’s all of a sudden reported — done both as a news report and for commentary, such as it was on CBC’s P&P when it occurred, bringing Ditchburn to talk about how she was just the victim at the hand of a brutish conservative…. opps, I meant brutish conservatives (plural), since they often times like to attack the entire party in such instances.

    And heck, even those news outlets who have no relationship whatsoever with Ditchburn came to her defence… even local networks here in Toronto, those who usually run stories on shootings, murders, robberies, fires and car accidents and the like, ran the story. They certainly circle the wagons when one of their own are under fire, don’t they???…. unless of course it’s a SNN reporter, roughed up by a leftist union leader, then it goes unreported by the others. True she’s may be a reporter but not the kind they like apparently. Ryan, they deicded, would be inoculated from criticism…. job well done Sid, they probably exclaimed in their newsrooms, with booming applause.

    But when the reporters themselves are the ones caught in the crosshairs — and in the case with Maher, with total justification — they all go into silent mode.

    Credibility and respect that comes through consistent reporting practices is not important to them either it would seem. And they collectively scratch their heads in bewilderment, wondering why they are so often criticized and why they get labelled as both the “Media Party” and “Consensus Media”…. obviously, we critics of theirs have no evidence with which to support our claims and our merely spouting baseless accusations. *Sigh

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