Friday, October 10, 2008
A Shameful Moment in Journalism
The Dion interview fiasco is very interesting to me. I'll be showing the clip to my first-year reporting class today. My point will be that journalists who make promises must keep them. ATV promised Dion they would not show the out-takes. They broke their word. I can't believe a Canadian network has acted so unethically. Perhaps if Dion had said something as outrageous as May's quote about Canadians being stupid, ATV might have the slightest case. With the Dion interview, it has no case at all.
The question was confusing. I'm still not quite sure what it was about. Nothing Dion did was so preposterous or outrageous that ATV had no choice but to screw Dion for the sake of the country.
I don't know how ATV will be able to maintain any journalistic credibility. I personally would never take their word for anything.
And I would say the same if ATV had done this to any party leader.
UPDATE: Turns out the decision to break the agreement and screw Dion was made at the very top of CTV's news organization. People who deal with CTV News should govern themselves accordingly.