Thursday, December 01, 2011

Can a Politician Freeze Out a Newspaper? Yes, Yes, Yes, and Here's Why

The big story in Toronto today is that The Toronto Star (city's biggest newspaper) has been "frozen out" by Mayor Rob Ford.  And the Star does not like it.

I think the Mayor has every right to refuse to talk to whatever paper he wants and not talk to ones he does not want to.   The Star agrees with that, but they draw the line when they get cut off from press releases.

Hold on a minute -- why not?  What divine automatic right does a newspaper (especially one that continuously attacks someone) to demand that they get access to all the press releases in the same manner that papers that are more supportive or perhaps fairer in their reporting of the news about what the mayor is doing?   I don't know of any such right.

Especially not, when they think nothing of "locking" me out from access to commenting on their on-line articles and when I've written to them to ask 'why' -- they ignore my requests.

Especially not, when it feels like they represent a more left-wing, liberal, GBLT agenda than Mayors like Ford may support, or readers like myself.

Especially not, if they can chose what to report and what not to report on local, national, or international.

Especially not, when they chose to fight the mayor on everything he does and everything he does not do.  And this baloney about the people have a right to get the news -- garbage.  The people get the news from all sorts of sources that present in a much more balanced way.  


Why, the Mayor is just using some of their own tactics and they don't like it.  Grow up Toronto Star.  And take it like a real journal!   Sour grapes is not a good colour for your front page.

Or, maybe, just maybe, you need to become a little more humble and apologize to the mayor if he feels you printed lies about him.   But no, I guess, you want to stick to your guns.   Well, I think he should too.

To our readers -- feel free to share this blog -- pass it on.  Enough is enough from these liberal cry babies.  Treat the mayor with respect and he'll do likewise.

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