Report in a factual manner

As the editor of a local “news” paper you have a duty to report local events in a factual manner.

Re: PNR editorial of Dec. 24, 2012.

You used the terms “fast track” and “fast tracking” in reference to the proposed re-zoning of 9395 East Saanich Rd.

In a subsequent phone conversation, I asked you to produce the evidence to prove that the application for 9395 re-zoning, was, in fact, being fast tracked. You admitted that you had no such proof and that your were merely repeating statements made by others.

The fact of the matter is that no one can truthfully say that 9395 is on a fast track until it has successfully received its fourth and final reading from council. Then and only then, can the timelines of other re-zonings be compared to that of 9395, and an actual comparison be made.

Sir, what you published was mere gossip.

When news media publish unfounded statements, which are by admission, hearsay, the public is essentially being fed propaganda. In the words of Mark Twain, “A lie is halfway round the world before truth puts its boots on.”

As the editor of a local “news” paper you have a duty to report local events in a factual manner.

John Upward

 

North Saanich

 

 

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