My complaint filed against Black Press editor who told me: “go fuck yourself”

Mike Thomas, Publisher Yukon News:

I was recently on the receiving end of deeply unprofessional conduct from Chris Windeyer, the editor of Yukon News, a Black Press newspaper.

On September 2 of this year, I tweeted to Windeyer asking him to confirm the identity of a Yukon News reporter in a selfie photograph with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In his reply, Windeyer told me to “Kindly go fuck yourself.”

I’ve attached the two tweets: As the tweets indicate, my question was asked calmly. Regardless as to what Mr. Windeyer thinks he knows about me, my agenda, or past work, I believe there is simply no excuse for the way he behaved towards me. I am a member of the public and he is the editor of a prominent newspaper, and a high-ranking employee of a major media company. To use such vulgar language on a social platform is not only personally offensive, but reflects very poorly on the corporate culture and standards of the Yukon News and Black Press and encourages the same by other employees as shown by reporter Jackie Hong who implied I was a racist (also see attached). Indeed, I refuse to believe Windeyer’s and Hong’s conduct was consistent with the code of conduct their paper or publisher holds its employees to.

In response to Windeyer’s behaviour he should be reminded by his employer that this type of conduct is not acceptable and forced to post a public apology.

I have cc’ed the appropriate Black Press management so that they are aware of my complaint.

I await your response

Thank you
Dean Skoreyko


Dare to question a reporter’s professionalism, get told to “go fuck yourself”

Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau was in Whitehorse on Friday and his local media fans were out in full-force gushing breathlessly over him, the one who stuck-out most to me was Jackie Hong from the Yukon News:

Besides this tweet, Hong’s entire Twitter account was a Trudeau squeal-fest so I asked her editor Chris Windeyer this question:

Which Windeyer replied unprofessionally with dripping snark that it wasn’t. Then after a couple back-and-forth tweets he sent me this gem:

And emboldened by her editor, Hong posted this drive-by smear:

This is the viciousness in the people who make-up the vast majority of the Canadian media nowadays and it takes very little prodding to expose.




Macleans columnist Scott Gilmore equates flag-burning Antifa to Allied troops in WWII

Scott Gilmore leads a discussion before dinner at Cafe Chianti in Halifax, N.S. on Monday, April 24, 2017. (Photograph by Darren Calabrese)

It’s been 3 days since Macleans columnist Scott Gilmore posted this on Twitter:

No one in their right mind would consider saying these violent anarchists

are the same as our troops who stormed the beaches at Normandy yet here we have a national magazine’s columnist stating it and not a single word of condemnation from any other media member. Not a peep.

And for those unaware, Gilmore is not just a columnist, he is also married to Trudeau cabinet minister Catherine McKenna (see here)

thus making him completely untouchable and fully insulated from all criticism no matter how vile he is.


Globe quietly changes negative headline on story about Trudeau’s top adviser Gerald Butts

There isn’t a better example of a newspaper protecting the Liberals than this from the Globe and Mail.

A story that originally ran in the New Yorker included this about Trudeau’s top adviser Gerald Butts being good friends with Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon:

Bannon has become friends with Gerald Butts, a longtime political adviser to the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. They met in New York during the transition and now talk regularly. Bannon sees Butts as a sort of left-wing version of himself. (see here)

Well, that sent shock waves through the Ottawa media circles as Bannon has been portrayed basically as a Nazi by them with multiple stories being run (see here, here, here, here), the most scathing being an op-ed from the Globe and Mail’s Adam Radwanski:

It becomes harder every day to be seen as friends of this administration without some guilt by association. (see here)

Because to the media, it’s one thing to hold your nose while dealing with these vile Trump people but quite another to be friends with them!!

And the Globe headline writer echoed the column’s sentiment, loudly:

But then a funny thing happened to that original headline, it was replaced by this one:

That pretty much changes the tone 180 degrees and doesn’t represent the column at all.

Now, did the Globe and Mail get a phone call from the Liberals telling them to change it or did a complicit, Liberal-friendly editor get it done without being told?

Be nice if a few of you would file complaints with the Globe’s public editor Sylvia Stead (see here) to find out, I’d do it but she doesn’t really care to hear from me:



CBC admits wrong to omit mentioning Scott Gilmore married to Liberal minister

Below is the response from CBC Executive Producer Kathleen Goldhar to my complaint filed (see here) with the CBC Ombudsman:

Dear Dean Skoreyko:

I am writing to you in response to the April 26 complaint you sent to our Ombudsman concerning a story broadcast on the March 31 edition of The Current. Please accept my apologies for the delay.

You wrote that we should have been more transparent in identifying one of the participants in the story that morning, and I agree I think we should have.

In an edition that hit the streets a couple of days earlier, Maclean’s magazine columnist and self-proclaimed Conservative Party member, Scott Gilmore had written a ringing manifesto for the creation of a new kind of party for conservatives disenchanted with the current direction of the CPC (“Confessions of a self-loathing Tory”)

The column appeared on March 29 and a couple of days later we invited Mr. Gilmour on the program to talk about why he felt the 14-year-old party had failed him and conservatives like him. To join the conversation, we also invited Alise Mills, a conservative political analyst in Vancouver, who feels the issue is a far more complex one than the column suggests, and Colby Badhwar, a Conservative Party member and youth organizer, who argued that a better option would be a grassroots effort to change the party rather than again splitting the right. It was an interesting conversation, insightful in many respects, and entirely focussed on the Conservative Party and conservative movement in Canada.

As you noted, Mr. Gilmore is married to Catherine Mckenna, the Liberal government’s Minister of the Environment. We knew that. (And, no, the relationship was not “intentionally hidden”, as you suggest.) We discussed whether we should include it in the story, but in the long run, in view of the story’s focus, decided it wasn’t especially relevant.

That was our decision, but in retrospect, I think we should have included the information and left it up to our listeners to decide its relevance. We have now added that information to the story on the program’s web page.

Thank you again for your email. I hope my reply has reassured you of the continuing integrity of our program and our news service.

Kathleen Goldhar
Executive Producer
The Current

Cc. Esther Enkin, CBC Ombudsman

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