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Mass firings to follow?

August 9th, 2006

Somewhat overshadowed by the Reuters Etch-a-Sketch scandal, the CBC’s example of creative editing has been moved to the back burner.

Out of curiosity I went to the Corpse’s website to see if there was anything about this being said. No prizes for guessing the answer to that.

What I did find while stumbling about was a section in the corporate side called “Journalistic Standards and Practices”. While reading through this I was snickering, snorting and yelping so much people looked into my office thinking I was having some sort of seizure.

I’ll just give you a few highlights here, too many is not good for my health. You can read the rest on your own by going to site yourself.

By the way, wouldn’t contravening these practices be a firing offence? In the real world maybe.

The information conforms to reality and is not in any way misleading or false.

The information is truthful, not distorted to justify a conclusion. Broadcasters do not take advantage of their power to present a personal bias.

Any situation which could cause reasonable apprehension that a journalist or the organization is biased or under the influence of any pressure group, whether ideological, political, financial, social or cultural, must be avoided.

Editing: (this is a good one)
Questions and answers must not be edited so as to change the original meaning, or distort the sense of the original interview as a whole.
Answers to a question given in one context must not be edited into another (emphasis mine)
An answer to a question must not be placed in a program so that it purports to be an answer to a question other that actually posed.

I swear, I didn’t make any of this up. Go on over to the site yourself. Just be sure to take your heart meds first.

I have to stop now. I’m feeling a little dizzy.

Editor’s Note: Ron is referencing this article/video clip.


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