Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Where Did He Say That Exactly?

I saw this headline "NBers oppose carbon tax: premier" on NNW, so I followed the link, and sure enough the actual article uses the same headline. So, I read through the article and can't quite seem to find where Premier Graham said anything remotely close to what the headline suggests. Here's what Graham did say:
"Very clearly, New Brunswickers are not in agreement, from what we've heard from the consultations held to date," Graham said yesterday.

"Our government is attentive to that but we'll only be (able to give) a proper response to the actual committee report when we hear it later this fall."

All Graham said is there is no clear agreement on a carbon tax, how that equates to NBer's oppose carbon tax escapes me. The very quote itself implies that SOME do support the carbon tax, SOME others don't. A majority may very well reject the idea, there does seem to be quite a lot of resistence, from what I've read from afar. However, there is nothing said in this article that makes that headline credible.

What about "Premier: NBer's Divided On Carbon Tax", or "Premier: Lack of Consensus on Carbon Tax", much better than some definitive nonsense, that isn't borne out in the comments. A pet peeve, small stuff in the grand scheme, but they don't call them headlines for nothing, and that is why they shouldn't misrepresent.

9 comments:

Joseph said...

Steve, you demanding citizen!

Why would an editor let a little thing like the truth get in the way of the narrative they want to further?

Geez, you think you're jaded but you're just a star-gazing idealist, aren't you?

(P.S. Don't even change ;)

Anonymous said...

Who owns this paper? That makes a big difference.

JAWL said...

Brunswick News is privately owned by J.K. Irving

Anonymous said...

So, does this J. K. Irving have political leanings like most media?

JimmE said...

IRVING Owns New Brunswick. The Irving boys were named Oily, Gassy, & Woody. For the Oil refining/shipping, Gas Retailers, & Wood & Paper products. O'l KC made all his kids become citizens of Bermuda, if they wanted to inherit any dough. For years the only English TV & Newspapers in NB were Irving. (Even the CBC was an affiliate not the CBC proper)
So yes, Irving has an axe to grind ; )

wilson said...

"Very clearly, New Brunswickers are not in agreement, from what we've heard from the consultations held to date," Graham said yesterday.


VERY CLEARLY
NBers are NOT in agreement.
Quoted.

It doesn't get much clearer than that.

Rick said...

"What Premier Shawn Graham is saying is that he's fully aware of the reaction some have given this summer to his government's proposed carbon tax.

"Very clearly, New Brunswickers are not in agreement, from what we've heard from the consultations held to date," Graham said yesterday.

However, the premier is remaining mum on what exactly will come of the proposal, only saying that all reaction has been noted."

Is the exact section from the article, so "very clearly, New Brunswickers are not in agreement," with the NB government's carbon tax proposal. That is where the headline comes from.

if you take the second sentence (Graham's quote only), agreement is by itself, but combined with the remarks before and after that quote, agreement goes with the carbon tax proposal.

Anonymous said...

Steve,

Quit asking the media to report the whole story! You know very well that they can't let the story get in the way of their message.

They are "journalists" not doctors, lawyers, accountants, or engineers.

Harper should sponsor a bill that creates a College of Professional Canadian Journalism. A College with a real code of conduct, ethics, principles and displinary procedures.

I think we could all vote for that.

Tomm

Steve V said...

wilson

Only you could see it that way. You're amazing