October 22, 2008

Scott Ross Throws Out the First Smear

I knew "Peace in our Time" wouldnt last too long.

so here is the first volley, from a Liberal blogger in British Columbia who believes that a comment quoted in a column by a discredited journalist with a reputation for playing with the facts, FROM TEN YEARS AGO is a good thing to post on the day when Liberals said they were gonna keep things civil.

I can find quotes that make it look like Michael Ignatieff thinks torture is awesome. We all know he doesnt.

Not even Jan Wong can change that.

Scott took a quote and launched an attack. He threw a grenade into a minefield. Had he read anything that Michael wrote about Quebec at the time, about nationalism at the time, he would have seen that something was fishy about the quote.

They teach us how to be objective in journalism school. We are also warned to not be lazy and to check our facts, so we dont do things like report that John McCallum will be named interim leader of the Liberal Party.

We do not take quotes and trumpet them as fact. We confirm them. We call. We check. This is why bloggers havent been able to make it to the next step.

The most difficult thing in my career will be to stay out of this race, because the smears came last time, and it drove me up the wall. I still have a great deal of respect for Michael Ignatieff, but I will not campaign for him.

Scott chose to play gotcha, and that is his decision.

He has the right to do that.

I also have the right to call bullshit.

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8 Commentaires:

Blogger Anonymous a dit...

I invite anyone to read the post and objective evaluate if I was biased.

I would also invite anyone to go through the comments and see how Antonio, the author of this blog conducts himself as a journalist and as a person.

-scott
thescottross

10/23/2008 12:51 AM  
Blogger In_The_Centre a dit...

I honestly dont think Scott had a personal vendetta here or is playing some trick.

He's a good guy, and I know he had the guts to make an independent, well thought out decision and ultimately decided to go to Ignatieff rather then rushing over to Dion because GK and his fellow YLCBC GK crew told him to.

-ITC

10/23/2008 1:36 AM  
Blogger Phil a dit...

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10/23/2008 3:43 AM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Scott, you chose to hang your credibility on an article from a discredited journalist who by her own admission thought she was interviewing a different person when she sat down with Ignatieff.

After I showed you proof of Wong's shaky credibility, and her own admission of not being prepared and not knowing what Ignatieff was about, you stood by your gotcha journalism.

I expected Conservatives to start with the smears, but not from the Liberals.

10/23/2008 9:28 AM  
Blogger Anonymous a dit...

She was never discredited, she was fired for a piece she wrote offending Quebec.

As for my gotcha journalism, who are you? Sarah Palin?

Even in your own post you failed to show how Wong was so discredited.

Your passions betray you Antonio and make you appear like an irrational VP candidate.
-scott

10/23/2008 11:42 AM  
Blogger Demosthenes a dit...

I can find quotes that make it look like Michael Ignatieff thinks torture is awesome. We all know he doesnt.

Wait, we don't?

And aren't you the guy who bailed out of the party because Iggy didn't win? I think the Liberals need to take a cue from the Dems and rethink their "Liebermans".

Yeah, sucks that Scotty there seems to be doing Harper's work for him, but you might want to work on shoring up the foundations of that there glass house, friend.

10/23/2008 2:48 PM  
Blogger angela a dit...

antonio, don't be like those women's studies undergrads who like to point out how only people with their educational background are equipped to speak or research sexism. a lot of bloggers have made dents in the public sphere.

"I would also invite anyone to go through the comments and see how Antonio, the author of this blog conducts himself as a journalist and as a person"

LOL, who is this clown? OH HEY EVERYONE - THIS JUST IN - NEWS FLASH - ANTONIO IS ANTONIO.

10/26/2008 9:35 PM  
Blogger James Bowie a dit...

Good post Antonio.

10/28/2008 12:17 PM  

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