I recently blogged very critically about BC NDP leader Carole James addressing a business audience in Vancouver and in the course of it took liberties which I don’t usually take. Blogging has a way of subtly lowering journalistic standards, something that as a journalist I have to be acutely aware of. I described a conversation between Glen Clark and Jimmy Pattison (his boss) in which I claimed Pattison came away very unimpressed from a meeting with Carole James. Even apparently impeccable sources need to be checked and I didn’t check mine.
Glen Clark, who I have always thought might have been the best premier the province ever had, wrote me about the blog. He said, in part:
“Frankly, I’m disappointed and dismayed at the entire article. Seems to me that the NDP has enough critics without someone from the Left stooping to use unfounded gossip to criticize the leader. For the record, your suggestion that Jim Pattison and I had a conversation regarding a Carole James visit is incorrect. Comments attributed to him and to me are incorrect. Finally, I attended the ‘Leader’s Levee’ last weekend and I thought Carole’s speech was delivered superbly (best I have seen) and the content was perfect for the audience.”
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