I have received a note from one of my many loyal and faithful readers who has asked me to post the following open letter to the editorial page editor of the Calgary Herald, Ms Licia Corbella. Of course, I try to accomodate all such reasonable requests.
It reads as follows:
Dear Ms. Corbella:
Like Darryl Raymaker, I too thought you more than over-stepped the boundaries of good journalism in your recent political editorial-—you went beyond journalistic decency.
I’m trying to be as objective as possible here—am even willing to cut you a little slack in the objectivity call because none of us is totally impartial, even journalists who have specialized training in this regard.
But Licia, your icy blue right-wing colours are now glowing in the dark. You need a warm bath, with soft candlelight. Try soaking in a couple of these thoughts...How about covering a story or two right out there on the front lines of the poor, the starving, and the dying in Africa? Or, maybe you could do something to improve public health conditions in the Phillipines, or pen a few thoughts on the plight of babies who’ve been made pawns in a war game somewhere.
You could visit our own native people whose pleas with big oil and the government to clean the tailing ponds have largely been ignored.
I've got it Licia--a hunger strike! Please make it for something that matters more than a politician’s one mistake out of 72 speaking points.
Maybe you’d like to objectively cover two sides of a controversial story—one that could get you fired because it jangles a conscientious nerve or two (for pointers, see Swann and Kyoto story, 2002).
As Darryl Raymaker notes, David Swann has the “competence, experience, and courage” to lead the way on many fronts, including those just mentioned. He has worked the front lines in Africa, the Philippines, Iraq, Fort Chipewyan, in southern Alberta as the Public Health Officer for Palliser (the Conservatives fired Swann from this position for his public support of Kyoto—he hopes to return the favour).
Dr. Swann also went to Ottawa to pressure the feds to intervene in the genocide in Darfur.
David Swann is now working hard for the public's interest—today and well beyond tomorrow. We need to give him all the support we can.
Our democracy (that’d be yours too Ms. Corbella) is imperilled. And democracy and good journalism matter.
Keep writing Darryl! Onwards David!
Judy J. Johnson
Sunday, June 06, 2010
HOT OFF THE PRESS: IRATE READER ACCUSES CORBELLA OF SHOWING 'ICY BLUE RIGHT WING COLOURS' IN HER RECENT UNFAIR ATTACK ON DAVID SWANN!
attacked unfairly says reader
Irate reader accuses Herald
editor of showing"icy blue right wing colours"
in her recent mean-spirited attack on