Elec­tion needs real jour­nal­ists

The Expositor (Brantford) - - OPINION -

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

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