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- by Anne Finlay-Stewart, Editor

Let's start this campaign with some mutual respect. Swiping at the media before you've even been nominated benefits no one.
Tanya Granic Allen tweeted "FAKE NEWS" on the CBC Twitter feed when CBC said she was seeking the nomination in the riding of Cambridge.

The comments about the Cambridge nomination began Friday after PC Riding Association President Rob Leone stated on a local talk radio show that Allen was one of three registered candidates there. He was on the show to talk about the abrupt and unexplained cancellation of next week's nomination meeting in the riding, for the second time.

CBC was not the only media outlet to report the statement by the riding official, including the Rogers affiliate that carried the interview with Mr. Leone.
Mrs. Granic Allen has every right to correct an error. Perhaps she could begin with a call to Mr. Leone because he appears to be the source of the misunderstanding, and then a public statement – which her spokesperson eventually issued and everyone published.
It appears that Mrs. Granic Allen's "fake news" tweet was applied only to CBC, although it was neither the source nor the sole reporter of the news. They had, however, confirmed with the riding association before they published. That's what responsible journalists do.

Let us not go in to an election campaign where candidates who do not like what they read or hear about themselves just suggest that the journalists involved might be "making it up". It serves neither journalists, candidates nor democracy well.

Respected, experienced representatives of all parties do not feel the need to resort to this kind of insinuation, and newcomers would do well to follow that lead. 


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