Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kory Teneycke is going to have some 'splaining to do

Kady O'Malley reports that Avaaz has formally asked both the RCMP and the Ottawa Police to investigate the dirty tricks against their Anti-Sun News Network petition. These were the attempts to game and discredit the poll that Kory Tenycke reported in his column blasting Margaret Atwood for signing the petition. The problem was that he only knew she had signed it because she revealed she had as the petition doesn't list names publicly. The fake names signed to the petition that Teneyke reported were added to the petition almost simultaneous with him writing his column and he subsequently admitted they had been added by a 'source' who contacted him to chortle about what he had done.

Avaaz claim that the same IP address that signed up fictional characters to the petition also signed up real people, including members of the Hill press corp, which Teneycke says his 'source' denies. If proven however, this would take this matter past dirty tricks and into the legally far more serious category of identity theft.

Either way this whole matter gives us an excellent model of what to expect in the way of journalistic responsibility from the nascent Quebecor/Sun news channel.

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