Wednesday, February 15, 2006

CTV news shows cartoons

UPDATED (twice)

It should be really interesting to see how people like Simon Pole respond to this one.

In a story talking about how Western Standard columnist Ric Dolphin quoted some fishing buddy of Ralph Klein's to the effect that... well, actually, it may give offense to readers for me to quote the story... anyhow, in that story about something offensive, the CTV news people decide to open up the Western Standard to the precise page where the cartoons are shown, allowing viewers to SEE THE CARTOONS! (video link, top right corner)

Is this news people? Isn't this just a brazen attempt to cause more offense? Why show the cartoons, CTV? Why?

(Oh, wait, because it's the news? Good answer, good answer. You did your job. Good for you.)

Meanwhile, CBC reports on the same story and, believe it or not, repeats the offensive remark for all to see! Why? What reason is there to say anything other than: "and made a hurtful and offensive comment that had something to do with Ralph Klein's wife being a member of the Metis. Since the quote is available on the internet, you can go find it yourself. And, of course, there is no need to offend a group just for the sake of the offense. We can just describe the words used without actually writing down the hurtful and offensive lines."

(Wait, because that would mean that people wouldn't get the full story? That they would be clueless? I see, I see. So you did your job on this story, why didn't you do your job on the other one?)

UPDATE: Want the full story? Read Ezra Levant's Shotgun blog post.

UPDATE2: Ezra cites Metis Voices as showing support for the WS' publishing a column that includes a quote from some Klein "friend" making a racist comment. Here's an excerpt (please notice how the excerpt cries foul on the CBC for the exact same reason I allude to in my criticism):

If it wasn’t for the article, they wouldn’t have known about the racist comment. The magazine isn’t racist, its the dickwad that Ric Dolphin was talking to. In the context of this article, how can you say that even Ric Dolphin is racist if he is quoting someone else? I’m not defending the statement, but get real. It is a replay of the Muslim cartoon story all over again.

Except in this scenario, everyone is repeating the “[go look it up yourself, I'd hate to offend, or be called a racist for quoting a story that is quoting a story that quoted somebody else making a racist slur. CBC journalism 101]” statement. If the Western Standard is to be blamed, then we can equally blame The Edmonton Sun, CTV, and the CBC and Air Canada shouldn’t carry anything by them either.

These news services are hypocritical. They won’t publish Muslim cartoons because they don’t want to offend, but they’ll jump up and replay “[look it up. It's available on the internet. No need for me to offend anyone.]”.



Blogger dr_dog said...

I thought the fuss about the cartoons was overblown, but this is insane. Are magazines now expected to endorse the opinion of every anonymous source they quote?

11:22 p.m.  
Blogger P. M. Jaworski said...

Yeah, dr. dog, agreed.

So now here's a (philosophical) question: How many desgrees of separation are permissible? It is impermissible to quote a source in a story, but permissible for a story about this story to quote the magazine's quoting of an anonymous source?

11:28 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need cartoons making fun of Muslims doing everyday things like praying or burning flags and so on to see what they object to an what is acceptable.


3:19 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CTV didn't show the cartoons. They showed a picture of the magazine opened to that page.

1:34 p.m.  
Blogger P. M. Jaworski said...

That's "showing the cartoons," annonymous...

1:20 a.m.  

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