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CTV Stands by NAFTA Story



“The facts of our story are accurate.” – Greg
McIsaac, Communications Manager, News Information and Current Affairs, CTV

The NAFTA –
Obama story
gets more interesting.

I called CTV to verify the story, especially given the Obama campaign’s cries that it’s “inaccurate.” After asking Greg McIsaac of CTV if they were sticking by their story, he quickly called me back with verification. The facts of our story are accurate.

Then why are the traditional media and Obama blogs pushing Obama’s side of the story that the
CTV story is “innacurate?”
That an embassy
spokesperson
alone proves the reporting is wrong? Back channels exist, which
means skepticism should apply, especially with CTV standing by the facts of
their story:


Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama’s campaign telephoned
Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and warned him that
Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.

The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign
rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value. … ..

Obama
staffer gave warning of NAFTA rhetoric

Will the journalistic stenography on behalf of Mr. Obama ever end?

To add a point here, since when do we automatically believe “spokes people?” Scott McClellan during the Scooter Libby trial comes to mind. Dana Perino on, well, just about any subject does too. There are all sorts of things that go on back channel, with a spokesperson the last one to know. As for McIsaac at CTV, the network stands by the “facts” in the story they reported. You’ll have to decide if that is any different on the merits.

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