You have to wonder what world the Media Party live in when they blame being ignorant of the law as an excuse for their behaviour:
The Canadian Press was among the media outlets that toured the suite, sending both a photographer and a reporter to the apartment, where a landlord invited them inside.
“We believed the landlord had the authority to let us in and that we were there legally,” said Scott White, Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Press. “We went in and reported on it because there is a public interest in Canadians learning who the accused are, and learning how they lived is part of that.”
Even scarier though is this comment by a journalism professor:
Ross Howard, who teaches journalism at Langara College in Vancouver, said the case raises ethical questions about balancing the rights of Nuttall and Korody against the public’s right to know. He said it would clearly be wrong to break into the apartment, but in this case, the landlord invited the reporters inside.
“This one is a tough call — the public probably has lots of interest in knowing more about these people … and that kind of information might be possible to glean from going through some of the stuff in their apartment.
“But no doubt, the reporters were invading the privacy of people who have only been accused but not yet found guilty of anything. That’s the two sides of it, and I’m not 100 per cent sure which side to come down on.” (see here)
Imagine them accepting that answer from a politician.
It’s never comfortable defending the property rights of someone accused of plotting a bomb but that’s the entire premise of having civil rights – they are for everyone and not just for those who are easy to sympathize with.
You can’t, for example complain about the RCMP seizing guns in High River (see here) and then turn a blind eye to these lunatic al-Crackheads because ‘they deserve it’. I’ll leave that to the Lefties and Media Party to continue being hypocrites.
This incident also struck a personal cord with me as I’ve had a recent experience with one vindictive Ottawa reporter using media resources to dig into my personal information in an attempt to silence me through intimidation.
All he really accomplished though was to strengthen my resolve.
Update: J-source shreds the media for entering the bombing suspects’ suite
Even a cursory review of relevant laws and court cases would reveal to even the greenest of media lawyers, editors, producers and publishers that a landlord rarely possesses what is called ‘lawful possession of a property’ and therefore is not authorized to grant anyone else entry to a private residence. (see here)