A call to arms
Okay, so I've been doing this site for awhile now. Until today, it was meant to raise awareness, to make people think critically. But as Senor Anderpants pointed out to me last week, CanWest and the gang aren't reading this blog.
To that end, I'm pleased to introduce the Megalomedia Actionline.
This is upping the ante a bit, and I need you to get involved. Please read this carefully and help me out. This is sort of a trial run, but if it's well received, I want to make this a permanent fixture on the Canadian media scene.
Oh, and the daily media rant is below all of this Actionline stuff, so I hope you're all in for a long one.
Today in the National Post, Chris Wattie wrote a piece on Canada's upcoming mission in Kandahar, Afghanistan. As background to the story, Wattie referred to the Taliban attack on fuel tankers outside the U.S. base in the city earlier this month. The only problem is that, as noted in the Lost Post edition of Megalomedia, it wasn't Taliban folks at all. The U.S. military's investigation showed that it was an accident blamed on faulty fuel tankers, not Taliban insurgents. The Canadian Press wire ran a story April 18 that corrected the allegations, but most papers didn't pick it up.
Here's where you get involved. Step one, copy and paste the email below and send it to the National Post Managing Editor (news) and Chris Wattie, with a cc to the Actionline so I know how many people are involved. Step two, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Sign me up" to get on the Actionline mailing list.
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Correction required
Dear Mr. Meurice and Mr. Wattie,
In Mr. Wattie's April 25 story about the upcoming Canadian mission to Afghanistan, there was a disturbing factual error about a recent fuel tanker explosion in Kandahar. Though many outlets reported that Taliban insurgents were involved, a Canadian Press wire story from April 18 made it clear that U.S investigators concluded the explosion was an accident. This story wasn't as widely publicized as the original which blamed the Taliban, but I believe the National Post has access to the Canadian Press wire.
Please correct this misleading and dangerous factual error in tomorrow's National Post.
Thanks very much,