In my previous post, I offered extensive information about Craig Westcott’s decision to join the Liberal Opposition, in the role of Communications Director.
I neglected to ask one critically important question. It’s not often that a political PR person is also the owner of two publications – The Business Post and Irish Loop Post – so there could be temptation to exert some editorial influence, for political ends.
I sent Westcott a note late last night, asking the question: Will the new editor, Kerri Breen, have editorial independence? I asked this same question of Breen herself, who was first to reply.
“Craig and I haven't had much of a chance to talk yet, so this hasn't come up,” Breen said, in an email. “It's very, very early days, you must appreciate. I can't speak for Craig, but I assume he hired me because he was confident in my ability to uphold the high journalistic standards readers of the Business Post and the Irish Loop Post have come to expect.”
I received a reply from Westcott this morning.
“Kerri Breen has full editorial independence,” he said. “The papers won’t be used as propaganda organs.”
Right answer, for sure. Interesting days ahead, for The Business Post, the Liberal Opposition and the Williams Government.