Comment Sent To The National Post.
In Wednesday’s National Post Editorial section, November 7, 2001, under the headline: Nationalistas on guard, again; written by Raymond Hurd – a corollary headline should read: Disinformation in print . . . again.
As a once prominent civil rights activist in Quebec, and a former well listened to Montreal radio talk show host on CIQC; nothing in the media bothers me more than shoddy and inaccurate journalism.
My contention is simple. Journalists have to get it right all the time. But as someone who has been on the receiving end of articles in newspapers, magazines, radio and television; from local media to Time Magazine; I have personally witnessed, and have been subjected to the sloppiness and misrepresentations of the media.
Because there is such an incredible bond of trust between the media and the people, there is also an obligation for the media to be honest and accurate all the time. Sadly; this is much too frequently not so.
Raymond Hurd wrote in the above mentioned article: “If Meech Lake had been approved, Lucien Bouchard might never have defected from the federal Tories to the separatists”.
Of all people, Raymond Hurd, with his background as the former managing editor of the long gone Montreal Star, and head of Global News, as well as the past “communications” director of the federal Liberals, you would think that he could get it right.
Lucien Bouchard didn’t quit the federal Tories because Meech Lake failed. He quit the Tories and went on to form the Bloc Québécois in order to fight against Meech Lake, because he thought it didn’t go far enough, and was indeed a sell-out of the Québécois people.
What Raymond Hurd wrote, and what “really” happened is a huge difference. In his interpretation, he blames those opposed to Meech Lake for driving away Bouchard by rejecting the accord. Where in reality, it was the Meech Lake Accord itself, that drove Bouchard back to his Québécois Separatist roots.
Anyone not knowing the facts, and reading what Hurd wrote, now has an entirely wrong idea of history. This is no small thing, and a violation of the media trust.