Who’s lying – CTV, James Moore or David Suzuki Foundation?


Over the scandal of Ontario taxpayer-funded TVO paying for and posting on its website a game involving the bombing of oil pipelines, CBC ran this story in which the David Suzuki Foundation denied receiving proceeds from the game:

The developer of a controversial video game that included depictions of pipeline bombings had said a portion of any proceeds of the game would go to the David Suzuki Foundation, but the organization has denied any relationship with the game maker.

Which contradicted Heritage Minister James Moore assertion:

“There are video games that depict all kinds of pretty aggressive acts — violent acts from time to time — but I think that angle, of the David Suzuki Foundation actually collecting a financial benefit from those who want to play games that depict violence against people who work in our natural resource sector, I think probably goes a little bit too far and I think probably tests the boundary of good taste.”

David Suzuki Foundation CEO Peter Robinson:

responded to Moore’s call by saying the charity hasn’t received any money from the game’s developers, and won’t accept any until they look more closely at it.

“And I would hope that everyone involved in this would, sort of, step back and say, ‘Wait a minute here, what is the real issue we’re trying to look and how could we have a better dialogue?’ so we don’t end up in these types of controversies each time they happen,” (see here)

So, here we have the top official of the Suzuki Foundation basically calling Moore a liar. One big problem though is CTV ran a story with this quote in it:

The David Suzuki Foundation told CTV News “it does not condone violent or illegal activity” but “gladly accepted the donation.” (see here)

CTV is obligated (which of course they should have done anyway) of disclosing who the person at the David Suzuki Foundation told them they had taken the money from the game to help determine who is not telling the truth here.

Although as my friend Moose and Squirrel pointed out, maybe it’s the CBC reporter who is the one lying…


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