Mr. Phillip Crawley
Globe and Mail
Mr. John Stackhouse
Globe and Mail
Yesterday the Globe began a segment asking viewers for their views on what should be in the budget. The Globe said they would pick the top ten items for inclusion in an article about what should be in the budget. I and several others posted the Marshall Savings Plan for inclusion in Budget 2010 which is consistent with the wishes of 80% of Canadians according to an Environics Poll. I said as much on the Globe’s website. That was the second highest ranked comment on the Globe’s website as of last night, with 32 thumbs up and 1 thumbs down. See: here.
Today I awoke to these two emails:
Brent, a few of your comments have been removed!
Brent: Re: globe edit- what happened here? Moderator's Note: Brent Fullard's comment was not consistent with our guidelines and has been removed.
To which I responded:
Thanks. Looks like they deleted two of my comments, both of which had received widespread support from the Globe’s readers. Just shows you what we are up against! These were factual statements that I made. Nothing remotely derogatory. The Globe doesn’t want their readers to know the results of the Envionics Poll, but the Globe is more than happy to publish articles in which Ed Clark invokes what he professes Canadians want, but with no polls to back up those empty claims. Meanwhile I make claims that are backed up by polls and the Globe deletes such fact-based arguments as not meeting their guidelines. Hello! The Globe seeks readers views on matters of public policy, only to censor those that do not conform with its own narrow minded agenda. Just like the time that Eric Reguly wrote in the Globe that all income trusts “lobbyists” should be encased in concrete and thrown into Lake Ontario. The worst part was when he ended that piece by advocating that “they should not be listened to”. I guess this episode is the latest example of “they should not be listened to”, except in this case the Globe actually solicited our views, only to censor them!
The Globe owes me an explanation as to exactly what is meant by “Brent Fullard's comment was not consistent with our guidelines and has been removed.”, as this public statement is maligning to me as an individual when in fact the Globe is the guilty party by suppressing the results of the Environics Poll and the knowledge of Canadians’ widespread support for the Marshall Plan.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Posted by Fillibluster at 8:20 AM