'Well, we have two cheeks and it was one of them' Says Publisher : Justin Trudeau Gropes Reporter in 2000: Editorial Accuses

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WWWT,

I am very happy that you shared your personal story of being groped with us. This Justin Trudeau groping incident can be quite triggering to people who have personally experienced sexual abuse in their lives. It can bring up old memories and force us to relive the feelings of anger, fear, personal violation, shame, and betrayal all over again.

It is also frustrating when we witness someone who is in a position of high power and authority not take ownership of allegedly past wrongful behaviour and seem to get away with it. This, in turn, fuels further anger, betrayal and bewilderment at a system that is designed to let assumed perpetrators off the hook for their wrongful and damaging behaviour.

I also believe that it can be further distressing when some who have not experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault seem to to talk glibly and overtly objectively about a sensitive topic like unwanted sexual touching or groping.

I understand that you feel that you need to take a week off from this thread. You do know what your needs are and what is best for you at this point. I also want you to know that I value your opinions and that I hope to see you come back if that is what you feel comfortable in doing. 

I hope to see you back soon,

 

pookie

Misfit wrote:

Ok Pookie,

You very clearly wrote, "The police and Crown could have investigated anytime they pleased."

And that statement is very definitely IRRELEVANT to the possible issue of a speculative pay-off or hush money. There is no connection and I cannot fathom why you included that in your post. You don't like the term "irrelevant" but there is absolutely no conceivable way to link that statement with speculation to keep the woman quiet on the details of what happened. Why you included that I have no idea!?!

My second issue with your statement is that the Crown and police are very seldomly PLEASED to get involved in any groping cases even with very serious and egregious sexual assaults. 

 

I included that "detail" because it shows why an NDA agreement would have been stupid.

Her account was already part of the public record.  

I don't know why you profess such indignation at my suggestion that the authorities had all they needed for an investigation.  I mean, do you think this was sexual assault or not?  

Badriya

pookie wrote:

Misfit wrote:

Ok Pookie,

You very clearly wrote, "The police and Crown could have investigated anytime they pleased."

And that statement is very definitely IRRELEVANT to the possible issue of a speculative pay-off or hush money. There is no connection and I cannot fathom why you included that in your post. You don't like the term "irrelevant" but there is absolutely no conceivable way to link that statement with speculation to keep the woman quiet on the details of what happened. Why you included that I have no idea!?!

My second issue with your statement is that the Crown and police are very seldomly PLEASED to get involved in any groping cases even with very serious and egregious sexual assaults. 

 

I included that "detail" because it shows why an NDA agreement would have been stupid.

Her account was already part of the public record.  

I don't know why you profess such indignation at my suggestion that the authorities had all they needed for an investigation.  I mean, do you think this was sexual assault or not?  

i don’t wish to speak for Misfit, but in the post you cited she did make a distinction between sexual assault and sexual harassment. On Twitter much has been made of the fact Valerie Bourne said the event was not sexual assault. I agree, but it was clearly sexual harassment,

https://www.canadianwomen.org/the-facts/sexual-assault-harassment/

 

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Pookie,

It does not matter whether a police investigation took place or not. This is a story that can embarrass the Prime Minister and damage his reputation. The less the general public knows about the specific details of what actually took place the better it is for the Prime Minister to create an element of doubt and dismiss the situation as a simple misunderstanding.

Therefore it is very plausible to speculate that someone may have approached the woman for a non-disclosure agreement on this issue.

The police and Crown are totally irrelevant  to this issue.

It is also inappropriate to suggest that the police would have gotten themselves involved on their own volition for a groping incident, especially with no corroborating physical evidence when they are notorious for their dismal record of taking sexual harrassment and sexual assault seriously.

Here is a Globe and Mail article which elaborates on this problem.https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/investigations/unfounded-sexual-assault-canada-main/article33891309/

MegB

WWWTT wrote:

Shame on you for being so partisan. The woman said she is unwilling to stand behind her words.

Stop making shit up you troll!

Im going to ignore you for a period of time. If I was a moderator here I would suspend you for two weeks 

Good thing you aren't.

MegB

Okay, we need to drop the speculation about "hush money", etc. It's getting dangerously close to libel, which would bury this publication.

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I'm OK with that.

MegB

Good. Because it's not open to discussion.

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No one said that it was open for discussion.

pookie

Badriya wrote:

i don’t wish to speak for Misfit, but in the post you cited she did make a distinction between sexual assault and sexual harassment. On Twitter much has been made of the fact Valerie Bourne said the event was not sexual assault. I agree, but it was clearly sexual harassment,

https://www.canadianwomen.org/the-facts/sexual-assault-harassment/

 

Except that that is actually not her call to make.

If what is alleged to happened, happened (and remember the woman has never specified where she groped - that was the publisher/editor and the statement has now been challenged by others), then it was clearly a sexual assault: non-consensual touching in circumstances that to an objective viewer would appear to be sexual.

Whether it would be worth prosecuting as such, of course, is a different matter.

 

pookie

Misfit wrote:

Pookie,

...

It is also inappropriate to suggest that the police would have gotten themselves involved on their own volition for a groping incident, especially with no corroborating physical evidence when they are notorious for their dismal record of taking sexual harrassment and sexual assault seriously.

Here is a Globe and Mail article which elaborates on this problem.https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/investigations/unfounded-sexual-assault-canada-main/article33891309/

I guess it's a good thing, then, that you don't actually need "corroborating physical evidence" to investigate, prosecute, or prove an alleged sexual assault.

BTW: you seem to be very big on what it is "appropriate" or "inappropriate" to suggest or discuss. As a (1) woman, (2) feminist and (3) sexual assault expert who teaches criminal law and has argued rape shield cases in court....I ask sincerely: where do you get off?

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Pookie wrote;

"BTW: you seem to be very big on what it is "appropriate" or "inappropriate" to suggest or discuss."

Pardon me?

I have never done any such thing. Quit making up things that I have never said or done. 

And there is a very big difference between "irrelevant" and "appropriate" They are two totally different meanings.

i am not elaborating on any of this further, but for a lawyer, your issues that you have against me are quite disturbing.

i will discuss nothing more with you and hope that you drop this as well.

Good bye!

NDPP

The Feminist PM Falls Flat

https://www.thestar.com/life/opinion/2018/07/09/the-feminist-pm-falls-fl...

"Trudeau himself, like a figure skater really trying to nail that triple axel has fallen or flailed in at least three attempts to publicly explain himself..."

 

Hypocrisy is at the Core of the Trudeau Groping Allegation

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/trudeau-groping-allegation-1.4738492

"In the past, Trudeau has said that the same standards would apply to him if an accusation of sexual misconduct is levied his way. It appears he changed his mind..."

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I do stand corrected. I just read one of my previous posts and I wrote:

"It is also inappropriate to suggest that the police would have gotten themselves involved on their own volition for a groping incident, especially with no corroborating physical evidence when they are notorious for their dismal record of taking sexual harrassment and sexual assault seriously."

I stand by what I said.

Theoretically or objectively the police could have initiated an investigation into the matter if they so pleased.

The irksome reality that I took issue with is the fact that police do not take violence against women seriously, and the chances of them having actually gotten involved are slim to none.

The Globe and Mail article I posted earlier and will repost now...

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/investigations/unfounded--assault-canada-main/article33891309/

Details some of the many problems women face when dealing with the police about sexual assault.  And this isn't a new problem. The police have a longstanding reputation for being dismissive of legitimate cases of sexual assault.

So yes, in theory, the police could have investigated. However, the reality that this actually would have actually happened is very slim.

Pondering

Misfit wrote:

Pondering,

You wrote, "Obviously she means a butt cheek, which the actual complainant refuses to confirm."

In the CBC article, https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/woman-accused-trudeau-breaks-silence-1.4737511

The article explains, "

The woman who alleged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touched her inappropriately some two decades ago issued a statement Friday saying the incident happened as described — but she now wants to be left alone."

The article gave no details. It just said "groped".

She  has refused to speak since then. When she said it happened "as described" it was before the butt cheek comment which did not come from her. The cheek comment came from Bourne who was not the complainant. Maybe she had permission to add that comment. I don't know. What I do know is  that the woman has said repeatedly she will not say what happened. She didn't revive this story. Other people did that. There is no current complainant.

It is my understanding that if a reporter or editor is part of the story they are writing they are supposed to say so. When she wrote the article about Trudeau she withheld the information that she was writing about herself. 

In case you haven't heard I am a Singh supporter now. Even if Trudeau is a genocidal maniac it has nothing to do with this particular situation. 

It's possible he grabbed her cheek so hard it left a bruise. It's also possible he touched it accidentally when they were dancing. Or maybe he was dared to goose her. We have no clue because she will not speak. There is no complainant. There is no one for an investigator to speak to. 

I would feel the same way if Harper, Singh, or Mulcair were accused. 

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 Pondering wrote:

"She has refused to speak since then. When she said it happened "as described" it was before the butt cheek comment which did not come from her:"

Yes, that is true and I stand corrected. Thank you.

Paladin1

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pookie

Yes, I think her refusal to get involved (and her clear reluctance to now speak at all) is a wholly understandable response in an insane world. It seems very unlikely (to me at least) that the reason she's not coming forward is that what happened was a serious assault.  It also does not at all jive with her co-workers' accounts. 

Pondering

Paladin1 wrote:

Pondering wrote:

 

For many women as long as it isn't repeat behavior an apology for a single mild incident is acceptable.

 

That seems like a very odd thing to say.

Quote:
I don't see why the woman in question is so resistent to speaking up (anonymously) if it was just a butt grab as her boss states. Her outrage in the editorial and her refusal to speak now suggested something more serious to me. 

Post your real name, Facebook acccount and other social media. Give me a couple weeks to dig into your past over the last 18 years, including relationships looking for a bitter ex's  and I'd be happy to agree with you.

I said speak up anonymously. 

No one has replied to me yet on her writing this editorial as though she was not personally involved. It is akin to plagerism to not mention possible conflict of  interest. 

Borne or Bell, aside from saying it was a butt cheek contact also stated it happened in the blink of an eye. As far as we know this is a single incident. They disrespected her request that the matter be dropped. I guess it ups their paper's profile. 

Personally I think the woman just doesn't want to be  involved in the media circus around an accusation like this but if that is the case she should have stuck with "no comment". 

Even if Trudeau remembers he can't share the details without betraying the woman.

Men have been cleared, such as Paiken, or the incidents have been mild enough not to illicit alarm like for Weir, because the  women concerned were willing to share the details (anonymously) allowing an investigator to come to conclusions. It is fine if the woman doesn't want to come forward at all but she did come forward, twice. The first time in her editorial, and more recently when she said "it happened as described". 

There are attempts by editorialists to paint the Me Too movement as unfair to men. This is the type of incident that contributes to that narrative. Men do deserve an opportunity to respond to specific allegations once  an investigation is complete. 

In this instance there is no possibility for an investigation to reach a conclusion, guilty or innocent, and that is unfair. 

She put this in the public domain when she wrote that article. I can give her a break and realize over the two decades since then she may have decided she should not have come forward.  But then she shouldn't have recently confirmed that "the incident happened as described".  I'm not even convinced she deserves anonymity after abusing her position as temporary editor. 

pookie

Pondering wrote:

Paladin1 wrote:

Pondering wrote:

 

For many women as long as it isn't repeat behavior an apology for a single mild incident is acceptable.

 

That seems like a very odd thing to say.

Quote:
I don't see why the woman in question is so resistent to speaking up (anonymously) if it was just a butt grab as her boss states. Her outrage in the editorial and her refusal to speak now suggested something more serious to me. 

Post your real name, Facebook acccount and other social media. Give me a couple weeks to dig into your past over the last 18 years, including relationships looking for a bitter ex's  and I'd be happy to agree with you.

I said speak up anonymously. 

No one has replied to me yet on her writing this editorial as though she was not personally involved. It is akin to plagerism to not mention possible conflict of  interest. 

Borne or Bell, aside from saying it was a butt cheek contact also stated it happened in the blink of an eye. As far as we know this is a single incident. They disrespected her request that the matter be dropped. I guess it ups their paper's profile. 

Personally I think the woman just doesn't want to be  involved in the media circus around an accusation like this but if that is the case she should have stuck with "no comment". 

Even if Trudeau remembers he can't share the details without betraying the woman.

Men have been cleared, such as Paiken, or the incidents have been mild enough not to illicit alarm like for Weir, because the  women concerned were willing to share the details (anonymously) allowing an investigator to come to conclusions. It is fine if the woman doesn't want to come forward at all but she did come forward, twice. The first time in her editorial, and more recently when she said "it happened as described". 

There are attempts by editorialists to paint the Me Too movement as unfair to men. This is the type of incident that contributes to that narrative. Men do deserve an opportunity to respond to specific allegations once  an investigation is complete. 

In this instance there is no possibility for an investigation to reach a conclusion, guilty or innocent, and that is unfair. 

She put this in the public domain when she wrote that article. I can give her a break and realize over the two decades since then she may have decided she should not have come forward.  But then she shouldn't have recently confirmed that "the incident happened as described".  I'm not even convinced she deserves anonymity after abusing her position as temporary editor. 

It's an interesting point but....given that editorials are virtually always unsigned I'm not sure what the conflict of interest is just because it describes something that personally happened to a member of the editorial board.  A person can write about an event in the third person.  And, where exactly does plagiarism fit in?

Pondering

pookie wrote:

It's an interesting point but....given that editorials are virtually always unsigned I'm not sure what the conflict of interest is just because it describes something that personally happened to a member of the editorial board.  A person can write about an event in the third person.  And, where exactly does plagiarism fit in?

Akin to plagerism. In both cases it undermines trust in the press. Editorials are often unsigned and there was no reason for her to reveal her name. There was reason for her to reveal that she was not a disinterested observer. She was directly involved. That's conflict of interest. 

pookie

Pondering wrote:

pookie wrote:

It's an interesting point but....given that editorials are virtually always unsigned I'm not sure what the conflict of interest is just because it describes something that personally happened to a member of the editorial board.  A person can write about an event in the third person.  And, where exactly does plagiarism fit in?

Akin to plagerism. In both cases it undermines trust in the press. Editorials are often unsigned and there was no reason for her to reveal her name. There was reason for her to reveal that she was not a disinterested observer. She was directly involved. That's conflict of interest. 

I don't think anyone reading THAT editorial would mistake it as coming from a "disinterested observer". (Actually, the same could be said about most editorials.)  Do you?  

And the piece clearly identifies that the subject of the alleged assault was one of its reporters.  

If you don't think she needed to append her name, then what exactly did she need to add to the piece?  

Pondering

pookie wrote:

Pondering wrote:

pookie wrote:

It's an interesting point but....given that editorials are virtually always unsigned I'm not sure what the conflict of interest is just because it describes something that personally happened to a member of the editorial board.  A person can write about an event in the third person.  And, where exactly does plagiarism fit in?

Akin to plagerism. In both cases it undermines trust in the press. Editorials are often unsigned and there was no reason for her to reveal her name. There was reason for her to reveal that she was not a disinterested observer. She was directly involved. That's conflict of interest. 

I don't think anyone reading THAT editorial would mistake it as coming from a "disinterested observer". (Actually, the same could be said about most editorials.)  Do you?  

And the piece clearly identifies that the subject of the alleged assault was one of its reporters.  

If you don't think she needed to append her name, then what exactly did she need to add to the piece?  

That she personally was the victim. When you are writing about something that happened to you it changes the point of view.  

http://caj.ca/content.php?page=ethics-guidelines

We give people, companies or organizations that are publicly accused or criticized opportunity to respond before we publish those criticisms or accusations. We make a genuine and reasonable effort to contact them, and if they decline to comment, we say so.

...We do not allow our own biases to impede fair and accurate reporting.

...We disclose to our audiences any biases that could be perceived to influence our reporting. (See CONFLICT OF INTEREST, above.)

She was definitely biased and should have revealed it at the time she wrote the article. 

Sean in Ottawa

Misfit wrote:

WWWT,

I am very happy that you shared your personal story of being groped with us. This Justin Trudeau groping incident can be quite triggering to people who have personally experienced sexual abuse in their lives. It can bring up old memories and force us to relive the feelings of anger, fear, personal violation, shame, and betrayal all over again.

It is also frustrating when we witness someone who is in a position of high power and authority not take ownership of allegedly past wrongful behaviour and seem to get away with it. This, in turn, fuels further anger, betrayal and bewilderment at a system that is designed to let assumed perpetrators off the hook for their wrongful and damaging behaviour.

I also believe that it can be further distressing when some who have not experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault seem to to talk glibly and overtly objectively about a sensitive topic like unwanted sexual touching or groping.

I understand that you feel that you need to take a week off from this thread. You do know what your needs are and what is best for you at this point. I also want you to know that I value your opinions and that I hope to see you come back if that is what you feel comfortable in doing. 

I hope to see you back soon,

 

I agree with and support all that is in this post. I won't try to put it in my own words becuase it is said very well here.

Sometimes I do think that sharing a personal story, as difficult as that may be, can result in greater understanding for others.

Thank you WWWT

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Again, thank you Sean.

pookie

Pondering wrote:

pookie wrote:

Pondering wrote:

pookie wrote:

It's an interesting point but....given that editorials are virtually always unsigned I'm not sure what the conflict of interest is just because it describes something that personally happened to a member of the editorial board.  A person can write about an event in the third person.  And, where exactly does plagiarism fit in?

Akin to plagerism. In both cases it undermines trust in the press. Editorials are often unsigned and there was no reason for her to reveal her name. There was reason for her to reveal that she was not a disinterested observer. She was directly involved. That's conflict of interest. 

I don't think anyone reading THAT editorial would mistake it as coming from a "disinterested observer". (Actually, the same could be said about most editorials.)  Do you?  

And the piece clearly identifies that the subject of the alleged assault was one of its reporters.  

If you don't think she needed to append her name, then what exactly did she need to add to the piece?  

That she personally was the victim. When you are writing about something that happened to you it changes the point of view.  

http://caj.ca/content.php?page=ethics-guidelines

We give people, companies or organizations that are publicly accused or criticized opportunity to respond before we publish those criticisms or accusations. We make a genuine and reasonable effort to contact them, and if they decline to comment, we say so.

...We do not allow our own biases to impede fair and accurate reporting.

...We disclose to our audiences any biases that could be perceived to influence our reporting. (See CONFLICT OF INTEREST, above.)

She was definitely biased and should have revealed it at the time she wrote the article

First of all, this was an editorial which is separate from reporting.  This was not an "article".  It is an expression of opinion.  It is ok for it to be biased.

Secondly, the basis for the bias is clearly identified in the piece - a reporter from the paper is identified as having been the subject of groping.  No one would read that editorial and think that it was purporting to be an unbiased account.  

I don't disagree that there is something unsettling about reading an editorial that purports to be a third person account that actually is written by the subject of the piece. (Although, one could read the piece and suspect that it was written by the person who got groped.)  But the only way to get around that is to have asked for the reporter to have written the column under her own name.   This was a paper with two reporters, right?  Something anonymous seems totally impractical.

 

 

Pondering

pookie wrote:

Pondering wrote:

pookie wrote:

Pondering wrote:

pookie wrote:

It's an interesting point but....given that editorials are virtually always unsigned I'm not sure what the conflict of interest is just because it describes something that personally happened to a member of the editorial board.  A person can write about an event in the third person.  And, where exactly does plagiarism fit in?

Akin to plagerism. In both cases it undermines trust in the press. Editorials are often unsigned and there was no reason for her to reveal her name. There was reason for her to reveal that she was not a disinterested observer. She was directly involved. That's conflict of interest. 

I don't think anyone reading THAT editorial would mistake it as coming from a "disinterested observer". (Actually, the same could be said about most editorials.)  Do you?  

And the piece clearly identifies that the subject of the alleged assault was one of its reporters.  

If you don't think she needed to append her name, then what exactly did she need to add to the piece?  

That she personally was the victim. When you are writing about something that happened to you it changes the point of view.  

http://caj.ca/content.php?page=ethics-guidelines

We give people, companies or organizations that are publicly accused or criticized opportunity to respond before we publish those criticisms or accusations. We make a genuine and reasonable effort to contact them, and if they decline to comment, we say so.

...We do not allow our own biases to impede fair and accurate reporting.

...We disclose to our audiences any biases that could be perceived to influence our reporting. (See CONFLICT OF INTEREST, above.)

She was definitely biased and should have revealed it at the time she wrote the article

First of all, this was an editorial which is separate from reporting.  This was not an "article".  It is an expression of opinion.  It is ok for it to be biased.

Secondly, the basis for the bias is clearly identified in the piece - a reporter from the paper is identified as having been the subject of groping.  No one would read that editorial and think that it was purporting to be an unbiased account.  

I don't disagree that there is something unsettling about reading an editorial that purports to be a third person account that actually is written by the subject of the piece. (Although, one could read the piece and suspect that it was written by the person who got groped.)  But the only way to get around that is to have asked for the reporter to have written the column under her own name.   This was a paper with two reporters, right?  Something anonymous seems totally impractical.

She was temporary editor. I don't know how many reporters there were. Calling it an editorial doesn't change the fact she was reporting on an incident she was personally involved with not just expressing an opinion. It was dishonest to omit that information.

Another reporter should have written it. A reporter that could have gone to Trudeau for his version before publication as is the norm. Someone should have gone to Trudeau and asked "did you apologize and if so what for?" The reason that didn't happen was that this reporter was personally involved in the incident. To her there was only one version, hers. Knowing the victim and being the victim is not the same degree of bias. 

pookie

Pondering wrote:

pookie wrote:

Pondering wrote:

pookie wrote:

Pondering wrote:

pookie wrote:

It's an interesting point but....given that editorials are virtually always unsigned I'm not sure what the conflict of interest is just because it describes something that personally happened to a member of the editorial board.  A person can write about an event in the third person.  And, where exactly does plagiarism fit in?

Akin to plagerism. In both cases it undermines trust in the press. Editorials are often unsigned and there was no reason for her to reveal her name. There was reason for her to reveal that she was not a disinterested observer. She was directly involved. That's conflict of interest. 

I don't think anyone reading THAT editorial would mistake it as coming from a "disinterested observer". (Actually, the same could be said about most editorials.)  Do you?  

And the piece clearly identifies that the subject of the alleged assault was one of its reporters.  

If you don't think she needed to append her name, then what exactly did she need to add to the piece?  

That she personally was the victim. When you are writing about something that happened to you it changes the point of view.  

http://caj.ca/content.php?page=ethics-guidelines

We give people, companies or organizations that are publicly accused or criticized opportunity to respond before we publish those criticisms or accusations. We make a genuine and reasonable effort to contact them, and if they decline to comment, we say so.

...We do not allow our own biases to impede fair and accurate reporting.

...We disclose to our audiences any biases that could be perceived to influence our reporting. (See CONFLICT OF INTEREST, above.)

She was definitely biased and should have revealed it at the time she wrote the article

First of all, this was an editorial which is separate from reporting.  This was not an "article".  It is an expression of opinion.  It is ok for it to be biased.

Secondly, the basis for the bias is clearly identified in the piece - a reporter from the paper is identified as having been the subject of groping.  No one would read that editorial and think that it was purporting to be an unbiased account.  

I don't disagree that there is something unsettling about reading an editorial that purports to be a third person account that actually is written by the subject of the piece. (Although, one could read the piece and suspect that it was written by the person who got groped.)  But the only way to get around that is to have asked for the reporter to have written the column under her own name.   This was a paper with two reporters, right?  Something anonymous seems totally impractical.

She was temporary editor. I don't know how many reporters there were. Calling it an editorial doesn't change the fact she was reporting on an incident she was personally involved with not just expressing an opinion. It was dishonest to omit that information.

Another reporter should have written it. A reporter that could have gone to Trudeau for his version before publication as is the norm. Someone should have gone to Trudeau and asked "did you apologize and if so what for?" The reason that didn't happen was that this reporter was personally involved in the incident. To her there was only one version, hers. Knowing the victim and being the victim is not the same degree of bias. 

I'm not sure I agree with you, but I agree it is an unsettling aspect of this. I am going to talk to a few of my journalist friends and see what they think.   

Pondering

pookie wrote:
 I'm not sure I agree with you, but I agree it is an unsettling aspect of this. I am going to talk to a few of my journalist friends and see what they think.  

I'd be really interested in hearing what they have to say because I don't know any. 

6079_Smith_W

Considering it wasn't opinion but reporting, and the fact it was a small town newspaper which probably had only one reporter it seems an absurd splitting of hairs to me.

It was editorial about an allegation of sexual assault, not an article about something which was of financial benefit to the reporter or the paper. The relevant part wasn't opinion at all. It was a direct quote and reporting of something which happened.

And it was in the third person because that is an acceptable way to write a news story, even if it concerns the person writing it. Morrow referred to himself as "this reporter", not "I".

If there was any conflict, or any way her perspective could have altered what was written (unless the implication was that she lied) what was it?

I get the argument, but like other claims of sexual assault "not standing up in court" when it doesn't even involve a charge, this is an irrelevent over-complication. If it was in any way valid I am sure the PMO would have made that argument themselves by now.

I didn't go to J-school so I don't claim to be the final word, but I was a small newspaper editor (including a small town paper) for 15 years. So I do understand that there probably was no other writer to hand that one over to, even if there was a conflict (which I don't see).

pookie

6079_Smith_W wrote:

Considering it wasn't opinion but reporting, and the fact it was a small town newspaper which probably had only one reporter it seems an absurd splitting of hairs to me.

It was editorial about an allegation of sexual assault, not an article about something which was of financial benefit to the reporter or the paper. The relevant part wasn't opinion at all. It was a direct quote and reporting of something which happened.

And it was in the third person because that is an acceptable way to write a news story, even if it concerns the person writing it. Morrow referred to himself as "this reporter", not "I".

If there was any conflict, or any way her perspective could have altered what was written (unless the implication was that she lied) what was it?

I get the argument, but like other claims of sexual assault "not standing up in court" when it doesn't even involve a charge, this is an irrelevent over-complication. If it was in any way valid I am sure the PMO would have made that argument themselves by now.

I didn't go to J-school so I don't claim to be the final word, but I was a small newspaper editor (including a small town paper) for 15 years. So I do understand that there probably was no other writer to hand that one over to, even if there was a conflict (which I don't see).

Seriously?  I think there are probably lots of valid responses that PMO would have ruled out as too politically risky.  

I have sent my inquiry to two people with, between them, 40 years in print journalism.  One has already replied, asking for time to "reflect" and saying he will get back to me.

Pondering

6079_Smith_W wrote:
 It was editorial about an allegation of sexual assault, not an article about something which was of financial benefit to the reporter or the paper. The relevant part wasn't opinion at all. It was a direct quote and reporting of something which happened.  ​

Money is not the only conflict of interest. Writing about a family member or friend also creates bias. She didn't report what happened. She reported her conclusion of what happened. Seeing as it happened to her I would expect a lot more detail and specifics around the allegation. That is what a reporter would provide if they knew the details not an out of context quote. 

6079_Smith_W wrote:
  And it was in the third person because that is an acceptable way to write a news story, even if it concerns the person writing it. Morrow referred to himself as "this reporter", not "I". ​

Yes, but not to conceal that they are speaking of themselves.

6079_Smith_W wrote:
  If there was any conflict, or any way her perspective could have altered what was written (unless the implication was that she lied) what was it? ​

She didn't report what happened. She reported her interpretation. The investigator for Paiken concluded that the woman who accused him had misinterpreted what happened, not lied, just misinterpreted. And yes, it is possible she is lying. That is why such accusations should result in an investigation. If the complainant refuses to cooperate and there are no other complainants that clears the accused in my book. 

6079_Smith_W

@ pookie

Yes I'm serious. Three points:

In what way might the story have been different had someone else written it?

Seems like zero room for change, unless the charge is that she outright lied, because it is a direct quote and a statement of what happened.

And secondly if there was any reasonable way to get around any possible irregularity. Would it really have made sense to hire a reporter from the next valley over in Nelson or Cranbrook, considering the subject matter? Could they find someone who would agree to do the job?

Plus she is the reporter to whom Trudeau made that comment. If another reporter was writing it it would be second hand.

As for the PM's political risk, I think he already went there by dismissing the accusation as nothing serious. Again, I get the point Pondering is making, but given what was reported it doesn't seem unethical to me. And indeed, no one involved has made that claim.

And I already said I don't consider myself the final word. This is my opinion, if you want to hear it. Someone with more experience feels differently? Fine. Though again, I have worked on small town papers, in itself a relevant perspective. Someone at TorStar or Mothercorp is not going to run into the same snags.

 

 

 

 

Pondering

Ask yourselves this. If a reporter/editor were a fly on the wall and witnessed Trudeau groping a woman would the article have been more descriptive? Would we have read of the approach? Did he come up in front of her or behind her? Did they speak? What body part? Was it a grab, a pinch or a slap? How did the woman react in the moment?  Was there anyone else present? What time was it? Did  everyone seem drunk? Was Trudeau drunk? 

She had all that information and all she could say was he groped a woman? What kind of reporter withholds all that information?

6079_Smith_W

Well she had the quote, which in itself says a lot. It is a tacit admission of committing the act, and an admission of class discrimination.

And in fact, had she put in a lot more detail I (and what you describe borders on the speculative) think she would have really opened herself up to an accusation of bias. I think keeping it to what happened and what was said was a lot more prudent.

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