The Tyee republished a recent In-Sights article but with a slightly softer title:
Motorcycle Guy is a regular reader and a person who has followed the IPP fiasco closely. He posted a comment on The Tyee that is worth repeating here:
He recalls a Vancouver Sun reporter teaching a seminar to independent power producers on how to win favour on social media.
That reminded me of a letter sent to the BC Government by IPP lobbyists in those same days, when creating private power in public waterways was new and controversial.
On the same date as the letter, a Press Gallery pundit was “reporting” its contents. Clearly, he was promoting IPP interests and coordinating with the industry. Since getting a column into print takes time, the pundit had to have had a copy of the letter even before the minister to whom it was addressed.
Around this time, I was complaining—as Georgia Strait editor Charlie Smith had done—about journalists taking undisclosed fees from business groups affected by their reporting.
This is an issue that has not gone away.
One journalist told me about refusing payment after appearing on a public panel. Another person involved professionally with media took the payment cheerfully and couldn’t understand why it should be refused.
After all, cash is king.