Sep. 07, 2010 - Issue #777: The Sex Issue 2010
Not a good start
There is a difference between truth and opinion, though the two are being conflated now more than ever in the Canadian media. We turn to reporters and news organizations to help us navigated the ways that various groups seek to skew the truth, but it seems one station—one that has yet to broadcast for a single minute—hasn't grasped this fact. A recent debate around the application by Sun TV has put the upstart network's very credibility on the line publicly.
Sun TV was denied Category 1 licensing because the CRTC is moving television to a digital format and not accepting any Category 1 admissions until the transition is complete. The CRTC has the ability to review the application before this transition but it would be queue jumping and would open the flood gates to numerous other applications the CRTC has put on hold. According to Vision TV CEO Bill Roberts, it seems the application is being fast-tracked. This whole situation has led to accusations of political interference by the Prime Minister's Office, and has started a petition campaign asking that pressure not be put on the CRTC.
A concerning development was revealed in the whole debacle when numerous Maclean's journalists received emails thanking them for signing the petition when they had done no such thing. CBC journalist Kady O'Malley caught on to a fact in an op-ed by Kory Teneckye, formerly the PM's communications officer, and now head of the Sun TV project, when he revealed the petition contained numerous fake names and listed such notable celebrities as Snuffleupagus. O'Malley realized Teneckye had information not available to the public as you can't view who has signed the petition. The whole situation unravelled to reveal that one IP address had submitted numerous fake names including Mr Snuffleupagus and the Maclean's reporters. And Teneckye knew the whole time. The man in charge of a news organization, asking for an application to be a priority channel required to be offered in cable packages, was using information given to him by a source submitting fake names and fraudulently representing people on a petition. Is this someone we want in charge of a news network?
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