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Monday, January 30, 2006

Megalomedia wins award, says Megalomedia

Check out this bizarre post from CBC News:

A top Liberal won't be running for the leadership of the federal party.

Frank McKenna, who resigned as Canadian ambassador to Washington last week, will not seek to replace Paul Martin, says CBC News.

Now before you go criticizing the CBC for using anonymous sources, I have to tell you that later in the story they attribute this bit of news to CBC reporter Jennifer Ditchburn. That's right. Ditchburn says her "best guess" is that McKenna isn't running because of personal reasons.

Can I suggest to CBC that they stop using themselves as sources for their stories? That's not journalism. That's making stuff up.


  • This example actually follows nicely from my last post (News v. Analysis, see below).

    The problem isn't with journalists analyzing things and offering their take on them. The problem is when they try to mask this as news. If Jennifer Ditchburn is familiar enough with McKenna or the Liberal leadership thing, let her write an analysis piece and flag it as such. If Daniel Leblanc knows enough about the Gomery report, let him write an analysis piece and flag it as such.

    By Blogger Joe Boughner, at 1:30 PM  

  • No. We're not making this up.
    We're not allowed to make stuff up.

    By Anonymous Ryan, at 2:25 PM  

  • This is already a common (and admittedly pretentious) practice in BBC foreign copy. "Our correspondent in such-and-such" is one of their favourite sources.

    By Anonymous Phronetic Man, at 5:20 PM  

  • Well, I suppose it follows then, since CBC has been moving steadily to trying to rip off the CBC since the lockout.

    By Blogger Joe Boughner, at 7:37 PM  

  • CTV does it extensively as well, in quoting Bob Fife, Craig Oliver and Mike Duffy in online stories.

    By Blogger Mason, at 9:09 PM  

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