It’s bad enough to run a story that claims a politician has an addiction to alcohol or drugs but to use anonymous sources like Global’s Laura Stone did to do so is beyond defensible:
Two senators speaking only on background because of the personal nature of the issue told Global News several members of the upper chamber were worried about Brazeau’s behavior.
“You can’t force people to get help,” the senator said.
Senators say they approached Brazeau about potential substance problems in March 2012, August 2012 and February 2013.
One senator said there have been concerns Brazeau had alcohol and drug problems. Another believes Brazeau is currently facing mental health issues unrelated to substance use. (see here)
How many Press Gallery members or employees at Global would like their names dragged through the mud like this? If I wrote two people told me Stone was a chronic druggie or boozer, would that be ok with her?
And it’s not like Stone hasn’t been caught before not telling the whole truth (see here).