Don Newman’s handling tonight of Flaherty’s Parliamentary Gopher, Ted Menzies, was as good as professional journalism gets. Unfortunately it isn’t a standard shared by many in the press. Don Newman challenged Ted Menzies claim about what degree of warning Menzies had given to Parliament about the timing of improved EI benefits. Ted Menzies gave one flattering account of what he had said in Parliament, and Don Newman gave another, by reading to Menzies his actual spoken words from Hansard, which weren’t so nearly flattering.
Don Newman 1, Ted Menzies 0.
This contrasts with people like Carol Goar of the Toronto Star who was happy to parrot Jin Flaherty’s claims of tax leakage from income trusts, and when challenged about that, profferred up this lame comment in her professional defense: “I didn't explore the possibility that [Flaherty] was lying. Perhaps I should have.”
After which she did absolutelly nothing to rectify the error she had just admitted to?
See also:It shouldn’t be the role of journalists to knowingly propagate lies
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Posted by Fillibluster at 7:34 PM