Couple of things here … it wasn’t a ‘mass freakout’ … and it wasn’t just Conservatives upset. It was every day Canadians, many of whom work in the Canadian energy industry, have family members in the industry, or who have jobs because of this vital part of Canada’s economy. AND … they DID NOT decline they ads, they CANCELLED a contract Enbridge had in place with them.
Twice I pointed this out to them … this is just one of them:
@VanObserver Please correct error. Tim Horton's didn't DECLINE ads, they CANCELLED the contracted airing of them #BoycottTims #cdnpoli
No surprise to me, however no correction has yet to be made. So … what would you attribute as the reason for this? I know what I attribute it to. They want to pass off a slanted and incorrect editorial piece as fact, knowing full well it is NOT.
So that led me to ask another question to them, and others, on Twitter: How can,why shud, @VanObserver B considered serious journalism when errors pointd out 2them by myself &others Rnot corrected
What was the response to my query? Here’s a few samples:
“I'm guessing it's mostly because its coverage meets a lot of people's ideological priorities” …... serious journalism" usually tries to present both sides. VO represents only one side. Propaganda publication …... and here’s another ...… serious journalism? Absolute garbage
Someone who has had an ongoing dispute with the Vancouver Observer is Vivian Krause. On June 5th she wrote a piece entitled “VancouverObserver/National Observer: An Example of How They Operate”
Respected Canadian journalist David Akin had this to say to Sandy Garassino of the Observer … I think @Garossino @VanObserver owes @FairQuestions some answers — and apologies. Sandy: What’s the hold-up?
Another individual asked … Have some class Sandy and do the right thing. Your specious claims have not borne fruit. Your move.
Earlier today I asked the following two questions:
1. Is it your expectation that a journalist, to the best of their ability, present an unbiased and fair accounting no matter what their opinion?
2. If they are unable to do so, should they instead do an 'opinion' piece clearly identified as such, and their editor should have someone else write the 'news' story.
With that in mind here's a comment from Kent Simmonds, some one I've had the pleasure to work with in the past:
I've shot and edited news for 28 years, in those 28 years I've seen some great reporting and some not so great reporting.
Some " journalists " have an agenda that shapes their stories, I'm proud to say everyone in our shop (TV7)takes the job seriously and does their best to give both sides equal time in the stories we cover. I have seen examples of national reporters /anchors lying about events, Brian Williams NBC, Bill ORiey Fox News to name two.
I agree with Brian people should do their own homework regarding news that interests them, people should ask questions be they of news outlets or politicians or anyone else. I'm saddened at the amount of shit that gets ratings while real issues go largely unreported.
My difficulty with the media, in what is usually larger centres, is when they masquerade an opinion piece as news … when they deliberately mislead the public with erroneous facts … and when the will not make corrections when their stories are shown to have errors, because they would not back up the original assertions they have made.