MALCOLM: Why have the Liberals been blocking a journalist from covering them?


spaminator
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MALCOLM: Why have the Liberals been blocking a journalist from covering them?
Candice Malcolm
Published:
September 28, 2019
Updated:
September 28, 2019 6:00 PM EDT
In this June 7, 2018, file photo, then-Ontario PC candidate Andrew Lawton talks with supporters at a party after losing the London West riding race to NDP's Peggy Sattler in the Ontario general election.SHALU MEHTA / Postmedia Network File Photo
What is Justin Trudeau afraid of? For over a week now, the Liberal campaign has gone to ridiculous lengths to try to keep a journalist away from Trudeau and to prevent him from asking tough questions.
The journalist, popular broadcaster Andrew Lawton, now works for True North, a public policy and digital journalism organization I founded, as a journalism fellow. We crowd-funded enough money to pay for a seat on the Liberal media bus, and I sent Lawton on assignment to cover Trudeau on the campaign.
To our surprise, the Liberals blocked Lawton from getting on the media bus and stopped him from entering campaign events with Trudeau.
After Lawton was blocked from entering a second event, the Liberals told us that only “accredited” journalists may join the media bus. They referred us to the Parliamentary Press Gallery (PPG) to get accredited but the PPG told us they have no jurisdiction over election campaigns — and that they only provide accreditation to Ottawa-area journalists from Ottawa-based media outlets.
Why were foreign media, regional outlets and even student bloggers being let into Liberal events without credentials from the PPG, but not a veteran journalist now with True North?
Could it have something to do with our editorial position, which leans to the right and is critical of Trudeau’s government?
Despite the ban, Lawton continued to cover Trudeau on the campaign by booking his own travel and following the Liberal bus to its various events across Canada. Time and time again, however, the Liberals blocked him from entering the venue — saying he wasn’t accredited and wasn’t allowed in.
On two separate occasions, the Liberals sent in the police to detain our journalist and prevent him from asking tough questions. The second time, Lawton got ejected from a public event at a public university — despite the fact he had RSVP’d and received a wristband to enter the venue.
In Canada, our prime minister apparently sends the cops to block journalists he doesn’t like. Because it’s 2019?
After an uproar on social media, a Liberal campaign boss called Lawton to apologize. But she told him the Liberals would continue to block him from entering campaign events.
Back in 2015 when Trudeau was running for prime minister, he made a big deal about the fact that Liberal campaign events were open to everyone — even those who disagreed with him.
This was in contrast to Conservative leader and then-prime minister Stephen Harper who reportedly removed a person from a campaign event because they were not a supporter of the party.
Back then, the mainstream media cared about openness and transparency from party leaders. This time around, most members of the mainstream media have turned their nose at Lawton and True North. There’s been no solidarity for the banned journalist.
Just days before the 2015 election, Trudeau scolded some of his own Liberal supporters for booing journalists during a Liberal rally.
“Hey! We have respect for journalists in this country,” Trudeau said to the hecklers behind him. “They ask tough questions and they’re supposed to.”
As recently as November 2018, Trudeau sung the praises of a free press.
“One of the institutions that is most under stress right now is a free-thinking, independent, rigorous, robust, respected media,” said Trudeau, weeks before his government announced a $595-million government bailout for legacy media outlets.
Rather than bribing journalists with taxpayer money, Trudeau could support free-thinking and independent journalists like Lawton and True North by respecting the freedom of the press and our rights as Canadians to access our democratic system.
We shouldn’t need to remind Trudeau about this — it’s written right into the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
http://torontosun.com/news/national/...-covering-them
 
Jinentonix
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I'm not sure who's worse. Groper, or the low-life, low IQ meat heads that still support him.
 
Cannuck
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Trumpites. They're considerably lower.
 
Twin_Moose
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

Trumpites. They're considerably lower.

And very serviceable eh Cannuck?
 
pgs
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The police escorted him out on instructions from the PMO . Who gives the orders around here ?
 
Ron in Regina
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminator View Post

After Lawton was blocked from entering a second event, the Liberals told us that only “accredited” journalists may join the media bus. They referred us to the Parliamentary Press Gallery (PPG) to get accredited but the PPG told us they have no jurisdiction over election campaigns — and that they only provide accreditation to Ottawa-area journalists from Ottawa-based media outlets.


What is "Accredited" with respect to the media in Canada?
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

What is "Accredited" with respect to the media in Canada?

Well, these days it would appear "accredited" means they're Groper approved.
 
Danbones
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Yes, they have to be well cannuckted to get in. Which is why all the fakenews we get.
 
pgs
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

Yes, they have to be well cannuckted to get in. Which is why all the fakenews we get.

600 million buys lots of good press .
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

Trumpites. They're considerably lower.

For a loser who claims to not support Groper, you sure are quick to deflect from his massive failure as a PM.



Cannuck is a closet Groper groupie.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

For a loser who claims to not support Groper, you sure are quick to deflect from his massive failure as a PM.

Cannuck is a closet Groper groupie.

He is still PM, you have to be a loser like Harper before you are a 'massive failure'.
I doubt you have room for even one more Jewish skeleton in your oversized closet. Why are psychopaths that last one to clue in about themselves??

 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

. . . . his massive failure as a PM.

Links that make it something more weighty than than what Bibi and his wife are getting away with in Israel.
 
Twin_Moose
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

Well, these days it would appear "accredited" means they're Groper approved.

In the 2 questions he asked Singh refused to respond to Rebel and 'lil potato side stepped the question and went on an Environment sales pitch
 

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