“The media have a responsibility to act with integrity and professionalism… They’re supposed to consider the danger of publishing false, slanderous and libellous statements, especially anonymous ones. That’s Journalism 101. A number of editors and producers appear to have skipped those classes in school… I’d say the CBC and the Toronto Star in particular have lost their journalistic compass.”
—City councillor (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt) and budget chief Mike Del Grande, in a guest column for the Toronto Sun. Del Grande was responding to the mayor’s recent tussles with the CBC over the suprise Princess Warrior visit to his house, and more generally, it seems (we have to guess, because Del Grande doesn’t furnish additional examples) to a history of coverage the current administration doesn’t find fair. Also yesterday, the Executive Committee deferred (i.e. sent into a procedural black hole) a proposal by Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity Spadina), calling on the municipal government not to exclude specific media outlets from attending media events or receiving press releases—which the administration consistently has done with the Star.