Recently we’ve had this discussion here at the Cornwall Free News and have a firm policy that those affiliated with the topic of a story cannot post under a pseudonym and must disclose their identities if leaving a comment.
We choose this policy because the integrity of our newspaper, and more importantly, the integrity of the discussion from the public is very important to us as we respect you, our viewers immensely.
Embattled MP Helena Guergis told the House of Commons that she had no idea her executive assistant was writing letters to editors of local newspapers supporting her, using a different name.
The junior minister’s aide, Jessica Craven, offered a formal apology. Craven said she didn’t tell Guergis about the letters until Tuesday ¬ when QMI Agency used a cellphone number to track her down as the author.
“Your shortsighted and futile attempt to disrespect MP Guergis in order to advance your own political career only reaffirms the reason that voters placed their confidence in her the last election,” the letter says.
Hmm…makes you wonder about some of what you read in newspapers and on websites, huh? So dear valued reader I hope you understand our policy, and why we implemented it. There’s nothing wrong with an opinion from the public, but when a party connected directly to a story responds or is in the media they should let those that read those comments know. At least in this humble scribblers opinion.
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It looks like this was not an isolated incident. LINK
A long-time spokesperson of Minister Helena Guergis insists there was no conflict of interest when she wrote a glowing letter to Maclean’s about her boss—but failed to identify herself as the MP’s employee.
Valerie Knight, who has worked for Guergis for three and a half years in her Alliston constituency office, says it never crossed her mind to disclose their affiliation when she sent a letter to the editor on Mar. 14. The letter was written in response to the Maclean’s article “Power couple, unplugged,”about Guergis and her husband, former MP Rahim Jaffer,
Wow. I’m going to take the 7 days or less option before Ms Guergis “resigns” her minister’s role. Shame on you Helena.
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