Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Maybe CTV Would Like To Start Over Too...

The airing of Stephane Dion's false starts from an interview with CTV anchor Steve Murphy last October violated broadcasting codes and ethics, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled.The CBSC released its decision Wednesday.

The Liberal leader did the interview with CTV Atlantic's news anchor during the federal election campaign.

Mr. Murphy’s first question to Stéphane Dion was: “If you were prime minister now, what would you have done about the economy and this crisis that Mr. Harper has not done?”



  • It goes to show you with the people that posted comments on this story are "Hmmmm" dimwitted immature and not to bright. Sorry but that's how I feel when I read or hear these chilish people who are probably in grade school and uneducated, no wonder that Harper is still in. These ediots actually admire a loser like him. Doesn't say much for them does it?



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:08 p.m.  

  • I was a reporter on the hill for years. One thing I'd like to point out: when a reporter (radio or TV) screws ups, (misspeaks, stumbles on a stand up) we edit the footage to make ourselves look better. Nothing wrong with giving that same courtesy to a source.

    By Anonymous Ward of he State, at 8:04 p.m.  

  • Other than a news release bashing CTV... are there any actual consequences to what they did ?

    When you combine a national tv program that aired 5 days before the election... and the ensuing media coverage... and non stop chatter on talk radio leading right up to election day... there isn't a doubt in my mind that CTV at the very least affected a handful of close ridings.

    We deserve more than a negative press release... CTV should pay a substantial fine for every station that aired the clip.

    By Blogger MERBOY, at 8:54 p.m.  

  • Now if only ctv could learn to say We are sorry. It is amazing how far ctv went to screw Dion over but now any attack against Iggy by the Cons is seen by CTV as being an attack on a good man.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:39 p.m.  

  • The CBSC likely ruled on not only the tape itself but its' aftermath. This was a "free" attack ad taken out of context - the outtakes were shown over and over again on TVs across the country and on the web, but the whole interview with Mr. Dion was not. Mr. Dion also gave a rousing speech in Halifax that day but no visuals were shown of that.

    This tape was likely run to help Peter MacKay and other Conservatives win their ridings in Nova Scotia a few days later. What is the penalty for the media deliberately interfering in election outcomes? How about suspending their broadcast licence! Oh...I guess they're going to close down anyway, but they probably don't care because the damage they wanted to inflict is done.

    By Blogger lyrical, at 11:52 p.m.  

  • Just to follow up, I notice on the CBSC site that the decision on the Steve Murphy "CTV News at 6" interview with Mr. Dion was decided on January 12, 2009. Parliament had not yet reconvened. The second decision on "Mike Duffy Live" came three months later, even though these two events occurred on the same day last October.

    By Blogger lyrical, at 3:00 a.m.  

  • So CTV has to "announce the decision, in the following terms, once during prime time within three days following the release of this decision and once more within seven days following the release of this decision during the time period in which Mike Duffy Live Prime Time was broadcast"...

    Seems like a pretty lame punishment for what they did.

    By Blogger MERBOY, at 3:16 p.m.  

  • Guess I could include the "following terms" since they are referenced in the punishment...

    "The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has found that CTV Newsnet violated the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Code of Ethics in a broadcast of Mike Duffy Live Prime Time on October 9, 2008. CTV Newsnet broadcast several restarts of an interview with Stéphane Dion which originally aired on CTV Atlantic. The CBSC has concluded that the rebroadcast of the outtakes when the broadcaster had consented to restart the interview and the consistent misrepresentation by host Mike Duffy of the point of view of one of his invited guests violated Clause 6 of the Code, which requires the fair and proper presentation of news, opinion, comment and editorial."

    By Blogger MERBOY, at 3:17 p.m.  

  • To my mind everybody have to browse on it.

    By Anonymous, at 2:50 p.m.  

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