Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Yet another case of it doesn't matter if the headline matches the story

The Toronto Star (running a CP News story) - Get troops out of Afghanistan, fallen soldier's family says

The article then goes on to interview a godfather, identified in other news outlets as an Uncle. No mention of what the immediate family actually thinks. The original CP News story had this for a headline -
Death of female Cdn shocks relative who wants troops out of Afghanistan (although I believe it might have mentioned "family" as well in their first publication of the story)
Update: The Star changed the story to one of their own at 4:30 am - Fallen soldier 'our ray of sunshine'

CTV News on the other hand - Ramp ceremony held for fallen Canadian soldier - focuses on Trooper Blais, as the story should, leaving any political commentary for another day.

Has quotes from the family's statement supporting their daughter along with a mention of the Uncle's disagreement.

Globe and Mail - Grief-stricken relative questions Afghan mission. While the Globe leads with the grief-stricken Uncle, they at least provide the family's statement as well.

National Post - Slain soldier leaves behind 'void that is too big'. A tribute to Trooper Blais and her life cut short. BZ!

Now I remember why I was so happy that CanWest dumped CP News Service in favour of forming their own.


Blogger Alex said...

What does it matter, anyway? Even if her entire family thinks we should be pulling out of Afghanistan, it doesn't change the fact that this soldier joined the military no earlier than 2005. She knew what she was getting herself into, and SHE clearly supported our efforts in Afghanistan. What her family thinks is completely irrelevant - they're not the ones laying their lives on the line.

If they don't have the decency to at least refrain from commenting out of respect for her, that's their failing. This godfather/uncle is the Canadian equivalent of Cindy Sheehan.

9:39 p.m., April 15, 2009  

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