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CBC ombudsman: The National’s At Issue panel is non-partisan
7 years ago

CBC ombudsman: The National’s At Issue panel is non-partisan

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A complainant said The National’s political affairs panel, At Issue, lacked balance. He though that the panelists were supporters of the Liberal and Conservative parties and that there needed to be someone to speak for the NDP. But CBC's ombudsman Esther Enkin found that the panelists were non-partisan, that the discussions were not based on party positions, but analysis of them, and the analysis provided came from a range of perspectives.

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Star public editor: Columnists free to express outrageous opinions
7 years ago

Star public editor: Columnists free to express outrageous opinions

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Why does the Toronto Star publish opinion columns that readers judge to be outrageous, offensive, inappropriate? Columnists express their own views, not the views of the Star, which are expressed on its editorial pages, writes public editor Kathy English. They can and often do express opinions the Star does not agree with.

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Globe public editor: Why John Greyson’s sexuality was relevant to Wente’s column
7 years ago

Globe public editor: Why John Greyson’s sexuality was relevant to Wente’s column

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Once you raise the issue that many in the media haven’t mentioned John Greyson’s orientation for “fear it would go worse for him,” as Margaret Wente wrote), The Globe and Mail's public editor Sylvia Stead says you need to very explicitly answer that question about why you have chosen to mention his orientation.

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Star public editor: A clear case of in-house plagiarism
7 years ago

Star public editor: A clear case of in-house plagiarism

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Can Toronto Star reporters take material from the Star's own archives? Sometimes, yes. But outright copying of a colleague's work is plagiarism, writes public editor Kathy English.

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CBC ombudsman: Decision to air interview with Ottawa bus driver’s widow was correct
7 years ago

CBC ombudsman: Decision to air interview with Ottawa bus driver’s widow was correct

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When the Ottawa Morning Show ran an interview with Terry Woodard, the widow of the driver of the Ottawa bus that collided with a train, there was quite a lot of reaction. The interview was raw and painful to listen to. Was it the wrong decision to air it? The complainant, Chris Young, thought it was sensationalistic and should not have been done, even if Ms. Woodard agreed to it. The CBC's ombudsman Esther Enkin says the interview was hard to listen to, but agreed with the decision to air it.

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Public editor: How the Globe discovers and corrects errors
7 years ago

Public editor: How the Globe discovers and corrects errors

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If you are a fan of page A2 in the paper and the corrections online, you will be interested to know how The Globe and Mail staff find out about errors, writes public editor Sylvia Stead.

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Star public editor: Journalists embrace cause of human rights
7 years ago

Star public editor: Journalists embrace cause of human rights

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When a then 25-year-old Ben Peterson launched a global media development organization called Journalists for Human Rights in 2002, he faced his share of critics, skeptics and naysayers for somehow tainting the notion of “objectivity” in journalism. Fast forward 11 years, Journalists for Human Rights has become Canada’s largest media development charity. And as its founder put it, “If journalism isn’t for human rights, what is it for?” Kathy English, the Toronto Star's public editor, writes that no journalist need stand down from being for human rights.

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Globe public editor: Time to find a different word to describe Bernardo’s victims
7 years ago

Globe public editor: Time to find a different word to describe Bernardo’s victims

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A reader wondered: “Why does The Globe persist in using the sexist … and outdated term ‘schoolgirls’ in reference to the victims of Paul Bernardo? Public editor Sylvia Stead writes it may be time to find a better description. 

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Globe public editor: Nairobi map unfairly suggested a terrorist community
7 years ago

Globe public editor: Nairobi map unfairly suggested a terrorist community

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Especially during times of ethnic tensions, it is much more important to tread carefully and not make connections that aren’t proven or even real, writes The Globe and Mail's public editor Sylvia Stead.

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Ombudsman: No bias against pit bull in CBC Calgary stories
7 years ago

Ombudsman: No bias against pit bull in CBC Calgary stories

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A complainant said a CBC News story from Calgary unfairly singled out the pit bull to sensationalize the story and that the media has created the bias against these dogs. But CBC ombudsman Esther Enkin did not find any policy violation.

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