Another Story, Media Watch Dog Charges
The Vancouver Sun is again under fire for allegedly mis-quoting another
Statistics Canada report to make BC’s failing economy look not so bad.
Eye Magazine, a national media watch dog publication says a teaser on
front page on August 6 announced "Construction in Canada
off - and BC leads the pack." Turning to page D1 for the full story,
headline informed readers our province was "outpacing rest of the
in hike in building permits" according to a recent report from
”Most ordinary people would think that means BC is in first place,”
Public Eye. “But a quick look at that report reveals a different story.
May and June Statistics Canada figures show the value of building
issued by BC municipalities increased 0.2 percent - ranking us fourth,
first among the provinces, and 4.1 percentage points below the national
Similarly the value of permits issued the first half of 2003 increased
cent when compared with the same six months in 2002. That's 2.3
points above the national average. “But five other provinces still
outperform us” it said.
fact the only number BC can really crow about is a 17.3 percent
residential permit values between the same time periods, says Public
increase, which gets top billing in the Sun, puts us 13 percentage
the national average and in third place among the provinces.
”But it would be a stretch to say, based on a single lukewarm
BC is ‘leading the pack’ or ‘outpacing’ every other province when it
building permits. And the reporter who wrote the story underneath those
headlines seems to agree.”
Journalists often remove their bylines from stories written under
that's exactly what happened to this piece, it says, proving that “at
ordinary person works at the Sun.”
Sun, owned by the huge tightly control media empire of the Global
corporation, a staunchly pro-Liberal Party empire, has been repeatedly
denounced by journalists and media democracy activists for skewing and
censoring, and in several cases manufacturing, news reports and
artificially inflate support for both the BC and federal Liberal