Reader and astute Lamestream Media crtitic Orville H., as I've been CC'd in an email, writes to Craig Oliver of the CTV:
"Are Editing of Remarks on CTV Becoming a Problem"?
In your comments on the Egypt story in which you referred to "eloquent remarks" by Obama, but in referencing Harper's remarks, all you and CTV news could come up with was an analogy that he made with a tooth paste tube ( which maybe a few Canadians found difficult to assimilate when taken in isolation).
So for your benefit and so you are fully informed, which I wish you would have done for the sake of your viewers, here is a transcript of the remarks in their entirety made by Stephen Harper - uncut and unedited (the way news should be presented). I think you will agree CTV viewers were shortchanged on this story and deserve better.
RT. HON. STEPHEN HARPER: Well, first of all, you know, let me just be clear, as I’ve been clear every time I’ve answered this question, that the future of Egypt is for Egyptians to decide. What I think we all want to see and what I think is clear most of the people of Egypt want to see is a transition to a democratic Egypt. We want to see free and fair elections. We want to see the rule of law and stability. We want to see respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities, including the rights of religious minorities, and we want to see a government that will continue to respect peace treaties and seek peace in the Middle East. As I say, we are all seeing what’s happening. A transition is taking place in Egypt. That transition, in my judgment, there is no going back. I think the old expression, “They’re not going to put the toothpaste back in the tube on this one.” Our, you know, our strong recommendations to those in power would be to lead change: get in front of it, be a part of it, and make a bright future happen for the people of Egypt.
When CTV viewers are presented with Harper's total remarks, I think it is safe to say, that they will conclude Stephen Harper need not take a back seat to anyone, on addressing the Egyptian crisis, including Obama, if and when they are presented the uncut and unedited version.
Given that only a few days ago Robert Fife presented CTV viewers an edited or doctored version of Ignatieff's remarks, where CTV neglected to show Ignatieff's gaffe and play the full clip ( although gaffes were the story of the day on CTV when it came to Peter McKay and Schwarzenegger), of when Ignatieff referred to Bill Gates (of Microsoft fame) as United States Secretary of Defense. I have some concern that this may be becoming a habit with CTV in how they present their news stories to viewers. Because of the obvious political implications, managing the presentation of the story in this way, does not make it a news item but rather commentary, with a political bias, which we can expect from political pundits, but not from news reporters, for a national TV network.
OK now... is not there a CLEAR NEED for fair and balanced hard news/straight talk in the form of the soon-to-be-launced SUN TV News channel?
As far as I'm concerned, if the likes of George Soros don't want to give this new network a chance, then it's gotta be frickin' gosh-darned good! AND Americans should have access to this channel as well, because otherwise they'll receive nothing but far-left propaganda from both Canadian and American "news" networks and such...