Alex Tsakumis’ release of Dave Basi’s 2003 memo to file was an interesting test for British Columbia’s corporate media. The results were mixed.
NW’s Bill Good managed to do 3½ hours without noting the stench surrounding his pal Premier Photo Op. No surprise there since he’s been consistent in saying the BC Rail scandal is old news, not worthy of our attention. Bill can’t understand what the fuss is about but knows that BC Rail is causing headaches for his call screeners.
However, Simi Sara, Jon McComb and the people at the NW news desk were engaged, chasing down appropriate interview subjects, including AGT himself, and gaining confirmation of the source document. Those people did a fine job.
I understand CKWX News 1130 covered the story but their website has no reference to it Monday night. Daniel Palmer writing for Metro News provided Questions remain for Premier in BC Rail scandal.
Michael Smyth wrote Basi memo puts Christy Clark in hot seat at the Province. Now we’ll have to wait to see if Editor in Chief Wayne Moriarty allows Smyth’s story to stay or pulls it down as he did with Dan Murphy’s criticism of big advertiser Enbridge.
Global TV News didn’t mention the issue. Too many other big stories were breaking. There was the 3-minute report on Lonesome George, a deceased tortoise formerly resident of the Galapogos Islands. That was followed by a 7-minute feature on free diving and a breaking sports story of Robert Luongo not being traded, again.
CTV couldn’t cover the Basi memo. They were focused on high school streakers and on Premier Photo Op holding a photo op to announce a federal government program involving student loans.
I’m told the Globe and Mail was busy today scrubbing Tsakumis and Basi references from reader comments and their writers have been quiet in the 24 hours since AGT released the vital memo. The Vancouver Sun has been quiet on the issue.
Corporate media folks might be more focused on buy-outs and layoffs than news but we can hope they will catch up eventually.
I came across this quotation and left it first on Alex Tsakumis’ site. It seems so appropriate to the issues at play here and fits the Liberals quite perfectly.
The evil hate the light – the light of goodness that shows them up, the light of scrutiny that exposes them, the light of truth that penetrates their deception. Rather than blissfully lacking a sense of morality, like the sociopath, they are continually engaged in sweeping the evidence of their evil under the rug of their own consciousness.
The quote is from People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck. Good sweeping Liberals.