The BC Press Gallery has been a private club, reluctant to admit new members. Emma Gilchrist, co-founder of The Narwhal and Executive Director of its predecessor Desmog Canada, had media privileges blocked at the Legislature by Tom Fletcher, then Press Gallery president.
Fletcher, the Black Press advocate for climate change denial and right-wing libertarianism, concluded that Desmog was an “advocacy organization and not a media outlet.” As a result, he believed Emma Gilchrist’s organization was not eligible for journalistic accreditation at the Legislature.
By the way, Ms. Gilchrist and colleagues at The Narwhal are respected by fellow journalists. At The 2018 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, they earned four awards, winning both Gold and Silver for Best Photojournalism and Silver for Best Publication.
On occasion, I find fault with work of Fletcher and other Press Gallery found-ins. This is an example: Unreliable narrators.
The Tyee’s representative in the Legislature is always excepted. Recently, Andrew MacLeod offered a corrective to disinformation provided in the House by a Liberal MLA .
Andrew didn’t stop there:
My contributions to Andrew’s thread:
It’s odd that Gibson, an anti-choice Liberal from Abbotsford, opposes ferry construction in British Columbia. Our best super ferries were constructed here in the 1990s and Christy Clark’s hard hat was present at every photo op mounted at the Seaspan yard when the feds were preparing contracts for seven ships.
Tom Fletcher’s efforts four years ago to keep interlopers out of the Press Gallery came to naught. According to the BC Government directory today, five of the 28 reporter members are from non-traditional media.