Friday, November 09, 2007

You Want Some Cheese With That Whine?

Apparently, the Blogging Tories are aghast at a Toronto Star headline, copied on the National Newswatch site. The headline read "PM Tells Cities To Drop Dead", and according to one over the top commentator, that would be grounds for legal action:
Actually, attributing words to someone that we never actually said could be grounds for legal action if those words cast that person in a poor light.

I doubt Prime Minister Stephen Harper will take any action -- the Toronto Star pulled their terrible headline. But a major Canadian news site is taking the heat for the Toronto Star's unprofessional behaviour, and that's not right.

What's worse, the headline was change but without any apology or acknowledgment, which forces National Newswatch to rely on the Google cache to defend himself against complaints that ought to be going to the Toronto Star.

A quick search reveals that the word "dead" does not appear in the story.

Nor, apparently, does an apology to Prime Minister Stephen Harper for misleading Canadians as to what the prime minister said.

I think the Toronto Star owes the prime minister and the readers of the newspaper an explanation.

Interestingly, the National Newswatch has provided another link to the same "drop dead" reference, as it relates to Liberal Dalton McGuinty:
"Premier to city: drop dead"

The only difference, the whiny right didn't care when it was a dirty Liberal, just when dear leader was implicated. It is a turn of phrase, something which all the news outlets do on a regular basis to prescribe a tone or theme to a story. Drop dead seems entirely consistent with:
"I raised the issue directly with Mr. Harper as to whether his government had any interest whatsoever in lending direct support to our municipal partners," McGuinty told reporters later.

"It would be fair to say that he is not particularly receptive to that approach."

The Tories are such a sensitive bunch. Were they up in arms when the Conservative ads implicated McCallum, even though they knew the inference was intellectually dishonest? No, but just watch the flurry of emails and criticism, should anyone disparage Harper. Should the title have been changed? Maybe a little harsh, but hey they all sell papers don't they? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. It is nice to know the Conservative posse is on the scene, demanding a higher standard of journalism. Wait for the crickets the next time the comments are directed toward the opposition.

5 comments:

Catelli said...

I read the article in the paper (front page). But even without reading the article, I knew the headline was a cheeky paraphrase.

So if they're really upset about the online change, just go buy a hard copy, and photograph it. Or is that too much work when over the top outrage is so much easier?

Jay said...

The headline was only on the paper Star and the headline itself is inspired by a New York Times headline from the 1970's when Gerald Ford told cities to drop dead when they asked for federal funding.

The blogging tories seriously need to get a life. When you hear them calling Dion dimmi, poutine references and the like they really have no footing to judge anyone about what they say. I have never seen more obtuse assertions or statements in my life as what comes from the mouth/ass of those people.

Dame said...

Crying Foul??? Oh My !!!
After all those personal smears in nationwide ads about Dion??? With Grossly and primitively altered face ?
The latest Video is truly a barbarian work who had an access to Photoshop.

What a great bunch of two faced Hypocrites !!!

marta

Rick said...

Good post again Steve.

Harper once said, "I can take a punch", and I don't think the Tories are complaining much.

Buck up BTs - the Star is the Star and always will be. It was just a headline, and they did the same with McGuinty in the summer.

On another note - Steve, what are your thoughts on Dion's announcement today? A little fluffy for my liking, but I can wait to hear the concrete proposals (and costs) during the next election, whenever it is.

And where is this week's Ipsos poll?

Steve V said...

"Steve, what are your thoughts on Dion's announcement today?"

I thought it was pretty ambitious stuff actually. Dion pledged to release the costs during the campaign, so we have to wait for the other shoe to drop, but the targets represent aggressive action. Cutting child poverty by 10% a year constitutes "bold".

On the political side, it gives the Liberals a theme, that they desperately need.