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  • Pierre Neary
    May 22, 2013 - 17:57

    Well said. Duffy and Wallin have no one else to blame but themselves.

  • david
    May 22, 2013 - 13:57

    Politics is of paramount importance to Newfoundlanders...why exactrly is a complete mystery to me, but it is what it is. To "cover" all things political, this is how it's done: journalists here simply wait for their phone to ring, and put the microphone in front of whoever wants to say something that day. There is no investigative, probing interview, just an unchallenged recording of the message, whatever it is. The next day, an opposing politician phones up his or here favorite microphone, and they do their thing in response. This is not journalism. It is completely mindless obedience. But it seems to work just fine here.

    • Eli
      May 22, 2013 - 14:58

      Sorry David but I disagree. Newfoundland news gatherers just don't have the resources of CTV or CBC's headquarters that can create W-5's and the like. CBC locally had a pretty good newsroom but cutbacks screwed that. All we have from them now is a crew of screaming youngsters for the most part. I wouldn't miss the Weekend Telegram for anything but again the reporters and columnists as I surmise have the resources to go only so far and I appreciate that much.

    • david
      May 22, 2013 - 19:18

      Sorry back at you. "Reporters" in Newfoundland live on abject fear of having their "sources" dry up, being cut off..... to the point where they are neutered. (Ottawa media was the same way when the Liberals got turfed....Craig Oliver at CTV was and remains a complete waste of time without his "sources".) Newfoundland is an even more "cozy" --- a completely closed little club. The excuse-of-a-media show up and hold their microphone at 6pm for a paycheque, the radio phone-in shows light up with ignorant partisans all morning, and life moves along...wherever it is that this is all going.

    • Eli
      May 24, 2013 - 14:56

      It must be wonderful to know everything about everything DAVID. Too bad you're so removed from that category.

    • david
      May 25, 2013 - 10:33

      Well, Eli, it is rather handy to be somewhat intelligent, yes. If you think that a "lack of resources" is preventing any reporter --- one who stands in front of a subject with a microphone in their hand anyway and recording their "evening sound bite" ---- from asking any probing questions while they're at it, then I come to the "wonderful" conclusion that your excuse is dead wrong. If he or she couldn't track down sources because their company/network vehicle was sold, or they only worked 3 days a week and today wasn't one of them, or if their phone had been disconnected, then you'd have a point worth noting.

    • Eli
      May 25, 2013 - 14:49

      Limited resources.....and its what I noted David, you seem to have missed that.

    • david
      May 27, 2013 - 14:53

      You really can't comprehend what you read, can you Eli? I wonder if you're a local reporter....

  • Tim
    May 22, 2013 - 11:05

    Journalists should be held to a similar level of accountability as the politicians they cover, or anyone else in a so-called "position of trust". The reason for this is simple - journalists are themselves in a position of trust, because the public relies on the integrity of their reporting in order to be correctly informed about matters that are deemed to be in the public interest.

  • Doubtful
    May 22, 2013 - 10:20

    When did journalists ever become professionals? Is that like a hockey player who is called a professional because he is paid for his job? Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers and Accountants have to be tested for competence before they can enter their profession. When has any journalist been tested for her or his competency? This is also why we have economists who don't know anything about economics going around calling themselves as professional economists.

  • Christopher Chafe
    May 22, 2013 - 09:13

    Here is a bright idea......stop being partisan and start doing your job as a non partisan individual. You just might be surprised on how quick your profession will rise in polls once again.

    • Townie
      May 22, 2013 - 10:24

      Let me guess Chris. If a reporter praises the Cons, he or she is non-partisan. Got ya.

    • Christopher Chafe
      May 23, 2013 - 07:27

      NOPE....that is still partisan......a journalist should remain neutral to all parties.