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Thank you for this very well balanced and carefully considered column. You make a very interesting distinction between journalism and entertainment. When journalists start making unsubstantiated claims, resort to viscous character assassination, report half truths or put their own spin on something, just for the sake of the headline, then that line gets crossed. It isn't news anymore, it's story telling.In my concise Collins Gem pocket dictionary, that's called "Yellow Journalism. And there may be a little of that from both sides. But I ask you to remember the roots of the Toronto Sun. When it came out, it tried very hard to copy the format of the English tabloids. It succeeded and gained a huge audience. But it was mostly about the entertainment. News articles were approximately one quarter the length of the same story in any other paper. So while it has grown incredibly, I have to wonder how far the Sun has strayed from it's roots, if at all. To me though, this whole "mess" as you put it, is about ethics in politics. And the more this story developed, the more "unethical" it became. And unfortunately, this is a very very sad reflection of out current state of politics in this country. And make no mistake, this is a VERY political story. Oh, and in answer to your question regarding American interest in Canadian TV, the president of Avaaz, Ricken Patel, is Canadian. Might have something to do with it.
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