Journalism is dead; it was a suicide
Times Colonist outs my roommate and me
The Times Colonist irresponsible articles continue beyond the article it ran about my roommate and me on August 18, 2012. In it this pathetic rag named her as a witness in the murder trial of Wyatt Prince. It also named me as a witness.
Additionally, it named me as a confidential informant who worked with the police. Further, it even stated an exaggerated amount as to what my pay had been. This was my reward by this pathetic rag for allowing a confessed murderer to reside with me for over a year. This was my reward by Louise Dickson for risking my life.
Times Colonist refused to remove the article
Immediately following the article, I fired off a quick email to the then editors of the newspaper. I told them that they had placed my roommate and me in added danger. I also sent an email to Louise Dickson, the reporter responsible for that article. They should have pulled that article from the internet as I asked them to do. That’s what any responsible news organization would have done.
However, the Times Colonist refused to remove its article or correct its content. This was despite multiple emails by me to it and to others.
Finally, in December of 2014 with the article having been on its internet site for over 850 days, the Times Colonist quietly pulled it. I believe a Twitter campaign by me finally embarrassed them into quietly taking down the article.
Other journalist acts of irresponsibility by Times Colonist
Additionally, following that article the Times Colonist continued its irresponsible behaviour. It obviously learned nothing from its previous experience with my roommate and me. Proving this, the Times Colonist then committed a series of other of journalistic blunders.
In one instance, it informed the public that a mother who had been the victim of a home invasion by a drug gang was co-operating with the police. In other words, it set up the mother and her four year old child for possible retaliation by that gang. I will not link you to that article.
I found this action by the Times Colonist utterly irresponsible. While the Times Colonist did not reveal the mother’s name, it conveniently overlooked the fact that the gang knew whose home it had invaded. DUH! Obviously, the Times Colonist needs to remove that article from the internet.
Times Colonist misreports facts in stabbing
Then on January 20, 2015, the Times Colonist went an entirely different direction to show a lack of journalist integrity. It published an article about a Langford drug dealer having been stabbed. It is that article that inspired the series of satirical cartoons sprinkled throughout this posting.
In that article, the headline implied that the man had been accidentally stabbed. There was no reason to believe the stabbing was accidental, and every reason to believe it was intentional. In fact the headline read: ‘Horrible freak’ stabbing that ended Langford man’s life.
The truth was that the man had been intentionally stabbed in the leg. The weapon cut the man’s femoral artery. This caused him to bleed out and die. Whether that femoral artery was cut on purpose or by accident nobody except the killer really knows.
Although, you can bet a dollar to a stale doughnut that the killer will claim he accidentally cut the artery rather than admit to intentional murder.
The obvious truth is it was NOT an accidental stabbing as the paper implied
Revealingly, buried in the article was the fact that the victim “suffered extensive injuries including a black eye, a fat lip and a stab wound to his forearm“. Despite that, the Times Colonist would have you believe that he got beaten up and stabbed twice in a “horrible freak stabbing“.
[Where do you find any journalist integrity in what the Times Colonist reported?]
Drug dealers sell death and sometimes reap what they sow
First, the Times Colonist eulogizes a drug dealer. Then imakes excuses for drug dealing.
The article went on to eulogize the dealer. It interviewed his family. Of course, they and the paper talked extensively about how he had been trying to turn his life around.
They reported that he tragically lost his great job with a construction company. Heaven forbid they should say why he lost the job. In other words, the Times Colonist made an excuse for the fact that he was dealing drugs.
[Would the first thing you do after getting laid off be turning to drug dealing? Is getting laid off an excuse for dealing drugs? The Times Colonist knows very well that your kids might read the article and see its excuse as a legitimate excuse for dealing drugs. SHAME ON THE TIMES COLONIST
The article continued making excuses for him though. It talked about how “It was hard not to fall back into what he knew“. In other words, it was hard not to be a drug dealing criminal.
Times Colonist hides more facts
My guess is that this omission was because truth would have taken away from “heart touching” feeling that the Times Colonist was trying to create. Reminding you of the truth behind his demise would have ruined the mood.
That’s because, he died a violent, but predictable death. He chose to be a drug dealer. Drug dealing is a violent business.Violent businesses often end in death.
[Why else hide the truth from the reader?]
You have the power to call the Times Colonist to the carpet
This article needs to be pulled from the internet. Of course, so did the article about me and my roommate. And also, the article about the home invasion victim cooperating with the police needs to be pulled.
Are we watching the “End of Days” for the Times Colonist?
The newspaper business as a whole has been going through some difficult times. This is particularly true for newspapers in lesser populated urban areas. Why? It’s called the internet. People are increasingly turning to the internet for their news.
Reasons why people use the internet for news
The consumer of news who became addicted to newspaper is an aging demographic with more patience than those who are growing up today.
The internet delivers the news immediately.
You don’t have to fumble about holding and folding large pieces of flimsy, uncontrollable paper.
The internet allows the reader to more easily find the exact news of interest to the reader.
With ad blocking the internet can be virtually advertising free.
Advertising on the internet can be targeted. By targeting the user is not paying for viewers that have no interest in the business services or merchandise being offered.
The Times Colonist seems to me to be acting out of desperation with its news coverage. You cannot gain credibility by destroying credibility.
The only way for printed newspapers to overcome those challenges is for them to establish a “credible” presence on line. However, the Times Colonist seems intent on destroying its own credibility. There is no credibility in turning hard news stories into quasi editorials. Then, in those editorials, it omits facts. Look at the drug dealer story.
It also sensationalizes other stories. In doing so it puts others at risk. The home invasion story is a perfect example of this.
You people need to raise your voice and demand that the Times Colonist begins to act like a responsible newspaper in its reporting. It will do nothing unless it hears you. And you might actually be helping it adjust to the new era of “reporting the news”.
That’s my opinion, what’s yours?
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