Tuesday, July 28, 2009

PM receives apology for communion story

The Telegraph-Journal, has issued an apology for a July 8 story that claimed, among other things, that PM Stephen Harper pocketed a communion wafer during former governor general Romeo LeBlanc’s state funeral. The newspaper published its apology on Tuesday, July 28. Here is an excerpt:

“There was no credible support for these statements of fact at the time this article was published, nor is the Telegraph-Journal aware of any credible support for these statements now. Our reporters Rob Linke and Adam Huras, who wrote the story reporting on the funeral, did not include these statements in the version of the story that they wrote. In the editing process, these statements were added without the knowledge of the reporters and without any credible support for them.

“The Telegraph-Journal sincerely apologizes to the Prime Minister for the harm that this inaccurate story has caused. We also apologize to reporters Rob Linke and Adam Huras and to our readers for our failure to meet our own standards of responsible journalism and accuracy in reporting.”

Now that the newspaper, which was the source of the story, has formally apologized, one wonders whether others who repeated the lies and spread them across the nation, including Canada’s main television networks will have the decency and journalistic integrity to also apologize. I doubt they will.

It is interesting to note, however, that—according to the National Post—the names of the newspaper’s editor, Shawna Richer, and the publisher, Jamie Irving, do not appear on the masthead of Tuesday's edition[1].

Look for the mainstream media to jump on the apology story without accepting any culpability of their own.

Related: Stephen Taylor, Blue Like You

1 Update: see also Chris Selley: The crumbs of wafergate

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  1. Until that fool of an editor loses her job, the apology is utterly meaningless!

  2. There is video of him pocketing the wafer. It is as clear as day. After pocketing it, he files away with everyone else, so are we to take him at his word that he ate the wafer later?

    When did we start ignoring the video evidence?

  3. No one's "ignoring the video evidence," Anon. I, too, saw the video--it is, at best, inconclusive.

    The priest who administered it later said the PM ate the Host--are you suggesting that he's a liar?

    The newspaper and journalists who that started it all have said the story was made up--let it go, for Pete's sake.

  4. I have read several versions of this apology from different media sources but you have to realize Mr. Campbell that there are Liberals who do not care that the story is not true. In fact, most Liberal posters still think the apology was not warranted because he is still (enter whatever current names they can think of) guility. I like to think that I am mature enough to admit when I am wrong and apologize - it's called being an adult. Believe it or not, I have even gone so far as to admit that perhaps the political party that I do not vote for can even have some good ideas as well. It's called not closing your mind to stupidity.