The Toronto Star reports on the political score-keeping over CTV’s airing of an interview with Stéphane Dion. The Star’s front-page link to its daily poll asks readers: “CTV has released unedited footage of a fumbled interview by Liberal leader Stéphane Dion. Is this fair?” At the time of this J-Source posting, 53 per cent clicked “No,” 44 per cent clicked “Yes,” with a tiny few being “undecided.” (Why on earth would people bother to vote to record their indecision?)
If, as has been widely reported (here in a story about a CBC Newsworld interview and here by the Globe and Mail, CTV did promise not to air the flubbed interview, and then reneged on its word, I think it crossed a line from journalism to political involvement. I’d also suggest that CTV should not have promised to re-start the interview in the first place. And yes, hindsight is easy.
Watch Dion explain what happened here.