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Monday, September 12, 2005

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More visitors at lunchtime! Here, from the Daily Gleaner, are Forrest Orser, Lori Gallagher, Steve Llewellyn, and Shannon Hagerman. They are members of the Fredericton Typesetters Union, Local 664 (Newspaper Guild), and provided the chicken lunch. They also walked and talked over their lunchbreak.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tough for the Gleaner reporters to do any more fair stories about the CBC strike now, isn't it?

10:49 a.m.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Gleaner reporters understand corporate interference in fair journalism. Good on them!

11:55 a.m.

Blogger CMG Fredericton said...

I would hope that the Gleaner could do fair and unbiased reporting on the CBC "LOCK-OUT". Journalists are not hermits; they live in the community and interact with the people in it. Their craft allows them to see the truth in any story and make sure the story is told. Everybody is biased in one way or another, and in the news reporting world there should be checks and balances through editors, producers and co-workers to minimize that.

12:09 p.m.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're walking the picket line, any story becomes suspect and you have to hand it off to another reporter. Sorry guys that's the way it works. CBC is probably one of the worst offenders of bringing a bias to stories so I'm not surprised you wouldn't understand.

7:47 p.m.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous who said...CBC is one of the worst offenders of bringing bias to stories.
The CBC doesn't do stories.
Reporters do.
People from all walks of life.
Using such a blanket statement
just doesn't make sense but then again I'm sure you have your bias...and it sounds
as though it's an anti-CBC one.

9:05 p.m.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, I probably do but there's a distinct difference. I'm not a reporter who's supposed to be providing fair coverage.

10:42 p.m.

Blogger CMG Fredericton said...

I am a CBC reporter who drives a car, lives in rural New Brunswick, and has a daughter in daycare. Yet I have done, and will do more, stories about gas prices, rural taxation and the province's childcare dispute with Ottawa. Reporters have all sorts of personal experiences. To recuse ourselves from any story that might relate to those experiences would be impossible.

Rather, what we do is put aside our own views, assess the different "sides" or facets of the story, and then pull together the facts and present them in a way that is fair and accurate.

I will certainly have to cover labour disputes in the future, but I will scrutinize the union "side" as carefully as I always have. I'm sure the Gleaner reporters will do the same.
- Jacques

8:39 a.m.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll have to agree to disagree Jacques. Maybe things will be better when you return but the biases on many CBC stories is far too obvious and that's one of the many reasons cited why many Canadians have chosen to tune out CBC even before the lock-out. Good luck. I do agree with your stand on contract workers. There does need to be a limit.

4:03 p.m.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and Jacques, let's be honest here. I don't think, or at least I hope you won't be covering a strike somewhere and then carrying a picket sign in the same picket line. I appreciate that it helps your cause but if you can't see the conflict of interest, I'm a little concerned about the type of reporting we're going to hear from CBC after the lock out.

4:33 p.m.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're so concerned about bias, perhaps you should get a job as a reporter.
Then, you'd understand how journalists work hard to tell fair and balanced the CBC and elsewhere.

Your blanket "bias" statement
sounds similar to all the blaming of "the media" people do for stories they don't agree with or don't like.

And what exactly do you mean about people tuning out from the CBC because of the bias. That just isn't true.

Before the lockout, the latest stories I read on CBC Radio indicated more people were listening in markets such as Toronto and Vancouver.
And as far as I know CBC Radio in New Brunswick hasn't lost listeners at all in recent years.

What are you referring to?

8:41 p.m.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty simple. Can a reporter stand on a picket line with a picket sign and then report on the same picket and be taken seriously? I think not, yet there's the Daily Gleaner's reporter who has covered this story there in the line and one of CBC Radio's star reporters in NB think it's okay. You really mean to tell me you don't see a problem with that ethically?

8:58 p.m.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firstly, unionism is about solidarity. The Gleaners people wearing the signs are simply offering a demonstration of that. Secondly, the CBC employees locked out include technicians, writers, sales and administration people; not just reporters.

I guess the suggestion being implied here is that reporters in one media outlet (ie. Daily Gleaner) should never have a social or professional relationship with any other reporters in other outlets (ie. Global, CBC, etc...), otherwise they find themselves in a conflict of interest and will be biased when dealing with those other reporters situations. That is just silly!!

These people have every right to show their support for people they work with every day, and are, without a doubt, professional enough to see beyond friendships to report the truth.

12:13 a.m.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a union point I completely agree but from a journalistic point, this one is just wrong. Sure they can have friends and even sympathize but once you put on a picket sign, allow your photo to be taken and plastered on the Internet, you can no longer report on that story because it's a conflict of interest. Any reporter worth his/her salt knows this. They're taught it in Ethics class. You can't march in a protest or place a picket sign on and then report on the same story. It's a conflict of interest, the same type of conflict that if someone in government was to do something equivalent CBC reporters would be all over them. My concern is when a reporter doesn't recognize the very blantant conflict here as Mr. Poitras doesn't seem to.

One redeeming fact though is the CMG is allowing dissenting voices and those who don't just lay out accolades. on their blog. They could remove the dissenting voices since its their site but have chosen not to. Very commendable.

1:09 p.m.


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