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The Fact Checkers Are Always the Last to Know.

February 18th, 2010

rally20083I know, I know. Blogs. Bad journalism personified. Rumours treated as gospel, no fact checking. Dear God! Most of these people aren’t even professional journalists. Here at, say CanWest Global Media, we fact check. We run stories, not rumours. We are professionals, carrying out a task ethically and with dilligence. And if we say Gordon Lightfoot is dead, then who is Gordon Lightfoot to tell us any different?

Of course, if the story proves untrue, they can always blame Twitter. So I guess “the CanWest News Service” did not “post a report early Thursday afternoon saying Lightfoot had died”?

The picture above, by the way, was from the support our troops rally a few years ago, where I was standing beside him for ten minutes before I realized who it was. I’m glad your OK Gord (Mr. Lightfoot?). And thank you for this:

Update: turns out this was a Twitter rumour gone viral. The composer of the original tweet?

CanWest News Service reporter David Akin.

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  1. Blame Crash
    February 18th, 2010 at 19:02 | #1

    Bloody Hilarious!
    And the title was even better!

  2. February 18th, 2010 at 23:36 | #2

    I am so glad he is still around. How awful for him to have to go through this false insanity. He picked himself up and got on with life and his career after his emergency surgery ( where he was in a coma for six weeks ) – His talent is awesome to me. He composes the music, the words and then sings it. I have enjoyed him for a lot of years. He is one in a million. Canada needs to honour him more.

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