Special Friday Post: Dose ruined my weekend
Wow. Holy shit-ass fucking wow. I don't normally comment on Dose, the trendy new free daily for young people published by the "Calgary Herald Group" (or "CanWest" to the rest of us), but wow. On today's cover, they ran a series of screen captures from Martin's speech last night with captions made up of Martin quotes taken out of context to read: The Liberal Party / an unjustifiable mess / in full view of Canadians / and I myself / violated the public trust / You are entitled to / a general election within 30 days / Good night. Then, on their contents page (pg 3), at the very bottom in tiny type (about 1 pt bigger than their photo credits) they explain that "On our cover, we took Martin's words and mashed them up. And you can too. Put your own spin on them at dose.ca.mashup." Holy shit, do they not realize that they just admitted to spinning his speech? They are bragging about libeling someone and running an unethical, immoral cover. Hah hah, this is so clever. What ever happened to journalistic responsibility? Whatever happened to ethics? The saddest part is that this paper is aimed at young people. This is what CanWest, the largest media chain in Canada, thinks the youth of today want. Fuck you CanWest. We are not to be pandered to. We will not buy into your agenda and your bullshit. I am honest-to-god offended by this, as an ex-journalist, as a young person and as a fucking rational human being.