CP reporter omits mentioning president of Native Women’s Association is a Liberal candidate

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I’ve asked CP reporter Michael MacDonald how it was possible for him to miss mentioning that Michel Audette is a Liberal Party candidate (see here) even though he mentions:

The Assembly of First Nations and the Native Women’s Association of Canada have also indicated their support for such a plan.

The demand for federal action comes less than two weeks after the body of a 15-year-old aboriginal girl was found in the Red River in Winnipeg.

Native leaders have said Tina Fontaine’s death, considered a homicide by police, has highlighted the need for an inquiry. (see here)

And the photo accompanying his story featured Audette:

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 I’ll update if he responds.

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 Update: This information Audette is running for the Liberals now appears.

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14 Responses to “CP reporter omits mentioning president of Native Women’s Association is a Liberal candidate”

  1. Guffman Says:

    Canadian Press – no additional explanation required.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Just another journactivist, not a professional journalist. Abuse of the journalist privilege for partisan purposes.

  3. Liz J Says:

    The Liberals have done squat on the Indian file in all the years they were in power aside from butt licking at election time and tossing more and more money into a black hole to no benefit to the rank and file Indians beyond enabling the status quo which is rotten to the core.

  4. landru12 Says:

    Hi Dean. Not sure which story you mean, but if it’s this one:

    http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2014/08/27/consensus-grows-for-aboriginal-forum/#.U_48j_ldW0V

    then Audette’s Liberal affiliation is mentioned in the paragraph immediately following her intro in the story (para 18 I think). It says:

    ‘”The support is still there — even more so,” said Audette, who plans to seek the Liberal nomination for the Quebec riding of Manicouagan before the federal election next year.’

    Cheers,

    Andrew

  5. andycanuck Says:

    Maybe thank Mr Macdonald for making the proper addition to the report, Dean?

    • BC Blue Says:

      CP’s articles do get edited by the media they are hired by – it’s a system set up that to hinder accountability, same as when CP reporters’ bylines are hidden.

      • landru12 Says:

        In the interests of transparency, here is how that story evolved: The original story went through four ‘writethrus’ — versions that are updated as new info comes in. The last of those four didn’t include a mention of Audette. It moved just after 3pm ET.

        The fifth writethru moved just after 5pm and by that time it appears we had comments from Audette that we reported like this:


        Michele Audette, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, said she was pleased with the meeting, adding that it’s important for the federal government to realize that the group’s call for a national inquiry has not gone away.

        “The support is still there – even more so,” said Audette, who plans to seek the Liberal nomination for the Quebec riding of Manicouagan before the federal election next year.

        So it appears that when Audette was first mentioned in our copy, her political ties were too. Earlier versions of the story that we sent don’t have her in the copy at all. As mentioned above, we can’t account for editing by clients.

        I’m honestly glad you raise these issues, and I hope you take my response as honest and straightforward.

        Cheers,

        Andrew

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