Murray Wood, 980 CJME news director:
The ‘bloggers’ like to portray themselves as more crusading than what they call the ‘main-stream media.’ But a lot of the blogsites I see are people with a clear axe to grind. No pretense of objectivity. Hey, that’s fine…I take them for what they are. But take the piece on Donald Black this week. Black is a friend of Ralph Goodale’s, and has supported the Liberal party in the past. He also heads an investment firm and is a director with the Investment Dealers Association. It was in that capacity that he met with Goodale the day of the income trust announcement.
That was enough to prompt at least one blogsite to insinuate Black is implicated in the scandal.
In fact…if you look in the piece for any clear suggestion of wrongdoing, you won’t find it. No indication Black or his company profited from any insider information. Suspicions aren’t enough to fuel accusations.
Some of the blogs have been playing a bit fast and loose with facts and reputations. Keep it up and they’ll find out libel laws apply just as harshly in the cyber world, as in the real world.