Why we filed two complaints with the National NewsMedia Council
As promised we sent our Postmedia Petition to Lorne Motley, the vice president of editorial for western Canada for Postmedia.
Almost 700 Albertans demanded better of Postmedia in Alberta when it comes to their coverage of both climate change and of Alberta's climate change plan. Here is the correspondence I sent to Motley.
The petition is attached.I think you should take a moment to consider that there are nearly 700 Albertans that want to see Postmedia do better, especially on coverage of climate change and of Alberta's climate leadership plan.Just because Alberta's right wing freaked out about the carbon tax doesn't mean your newspapers had to. And while it's encouraging to see the disclosure note added to Lorne Gunter's column and the editor's note appended to the Calgary Herald editorial that falsely claimed the government hadn't consulted on the carbon tax Postmedia still needs to do better.There's still been no retraction or correction of Rick Bell's column where he cravenly and falsely stated that Rachel Notley declined a post dinner bus. An allegation that had exactly one source, Brad Wall. And an allegation that was refuted by the premier's office yet made to seem in the story that they had confirmed it. It was dishonest and Postmedia in Alberta needs to do better.A recently departed reporter, Mariam Ibrahim, also had some recent criticism of Postmedia in Alberta that is appropriate. It was in reaction to the Edmonton Sun having Lorne Gunter give a shout out and a link to every wackadoodle climate denier with a blog (as well as Breitbart) as evidence that climate change isn't real.
Editors at @edmontonsun must demand a higher standard. You're failing your market and doing actual harm to your industry while you're at it.— Mariam Ibrahim (@mariamdena) January 9, 2017
I think those words speak for themselves.
I also wanted to let you know that I have filed two separate complaints with the National NewsMedia Council in regards to the Rick Bell column and the Lorne Gunter column with the tardy and incomplete disclosure.Regards