Way to control the news agenda, Tory War Room!


Breaking! Must credit – oh, heck, let’s give this one to Ryan Sparrow, just for old time’s sake. Anyway, it seems that the now-swiftly-becoming-infamous-for-all-the-wrong-reasons notaleader.ca did not, in fact, seek permission to use footage from at least one network, and that network – TVO – is not amused:

For a journalistic enterprise like the Agenda, it is crucial that we maintain a neutral tone. We want to learn about the subjects we cover, not promote preconceived views on them. So to have clips from our show taken out of context and used for political attack ads (and with our logo visible in the background in one) damages that objectivity. And think about it: TVO is a government-run broadcaster. Our neutrality in elections is crucial.

The Conservatives should have known they would never be allowed to keep the clips up (or they just hoped no one would notice). TVO is demanding the clips be removed.

Kady O’Malley of Macleans was the first to ask us if those clips were from the Agenda and wanted to know whether the Conservatives had permission to use them. They had not. “TVO has not licensed our content for use by the CPC or any other political party,” says Dan Dunsky, the Agenda’s executive producer.

Y’all, it may be time to give the War Room Kids a collective time out in the Thinking About What You’ve Done room.


Way to control the news agenda, Tory War Room!

  1. Good stuff Kady, but is there a reason this isn’t posted in ITQ?

  2. And, of course, as soon as I posted my message, there is was. :P

  3. Because I stupidly didn’t click the right boxes before hitting publish — I was just too excited, darn it! I’ve fixed it, though.

  4. A real journalist. Kudos to Kady.

  5. Well, that more or less cancels the thegreenshift/greenshift foofoorah.

  6. Silly “mainstream media” and its adherence to “the law”

  7. Would appear Ryan Sparrow had (stress on past tense) a tendency to hit the publish button too before he checked with his boss…
    So you are in “good??” company, Kady!

  8. Sparrow can’t come out to play any more, since his remarks about Jim Davis, father of a fallen soldier. *sigh*

  9. I wonder how Michael Geist and his adherents will view this in relation to C-61?

  10. i.e. the Copyleft Act

  11. Hahaha Copywrongs! I love those darn tags.

  12. Thank God the Tory “War Room” isn’t running an actual war!

  13. The Tory response will be what it always is “So sue us”.

  14. Fear not, Kady, for you are more valuable than many Sparrows :)

  15. A bird in the hand…?

  16. …poops on your wrist. That’s an old Benny Hill joke

  17. Is this getting any coverage by anyone other that ITQ and TVO’s blog? I would have thought given the opposition to Bill C-61 that the media would have been looking into this, but I haven’t seen anything so far.

    Mind you, the Globe and Mail were rather busy covering the fact that Harper can play Chopsticks like a real pro.

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