Election needs real journalists
Recently, the Doug Ford campaign posted on Facebook a number of simulated news items, giving the impression that he is addressing the media at a press event. However, the entire interview is staged, simulated and his executive assistant plays the part of a reporter.
The problem with this tactic is that unlike in the case of real journalists, there is no possibility for unmanaged and unsolicited questions to be asked. In an era where the free press is coming under attack from politicians and political factions for doing its job, such schemes tend to undermine valid journalistic coverage. Trying to manipulate legitimate media sources is one thing, but to replace them with the use of staged media events controlled by politicians is dangerous.
I hope citizens recognize these schemes for what they are. We need knowledgeable and accredited journalists to ask the tough and objective questions, no matter who the candidate is or where the interview takes place. Real democracy demands this. Brian Curry Ottawa