March 1, reporter Ted Chernecki made an unconditional statement on Global TV BC News Hour that the Canadian healthcare system
“was already ranked one of the worst in the world when it comes to bang for your buck.”
I asked Global to provide a source for that statement, which I considered material and inaccurate. Chernecki responded with a copy of the “think tank” report shown below. I then sent this message to Chernecki and Ian Haysom, Global TV BC news executive.
Given this part of the CAB code:
“It shall be the responsibility of broadcasters to ensure that news shall be represented with accuracy and without bias. Broadcasters shall satisfy themselves that the arrangements made for obtaining news ensure this result. They shall also ensure that news broadcasts are not editorial.
“News shall not be selected for the purpose of furthering or hindering either side of any controversial public issue, nor shall it be formulated on the basis of the beliefs, opinions or desires of management, the editor or others engaged in its preparation or delivery. The fundamental purpose of news dissemination in a democracy is to enable people to know what is happening, and to understand events so that they may form their own conclusions.”
Is your source transparent and free of bias or driven by an agenda to create predictable results, utilizing demographic groups and fields that support their argument, while neglecting to include those that don’t?
Are you aware that more widely accepted measures (life expectancy, infant mortality, healthcare cost/GDP ratio, per capita expenditure, availability barriers, etc.) show the Canadian system is among the best in the world?
Is your use of this report typical of what is today called stenographic journalism, as described,
Stenography = writing down what sources say
Reporting = discovering and writing down the facts
Yes, it’s a “fact” that sources say things. Among the things they say are assertions of fact. What a good journalist is supposed to do is check a source’s assertions for some kind of correspondence to the facts.