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Over the weekend, the Telegraph-Journal issued a second apology for its story about the Prime Minister’s wafer consumption.

In its troubled report on the communion service at former governor general Roméo LeBlanc’s funeral mass in July, The Telegraph-Journal said prominently, on the front page, that Monsignor Brian Henneberry, a senior Saint John priest, had “demanded” that Prime Minister Stephen Harper explain what he had done with the communion wafer that he had been given. The newspaper has determined that Monsignor Henneberry said no such thing and believes that the false assertion was wholly the product of improper editorial manipulation.


 

Really, really sorry

  1. The Telegraph-Journal should also apologise to the family of Romeo Leblanc. How sad that the state funeral of a beloved Governor General was tainted by this shocking breach of journalistic ethics.

    Jamie Irving should also clarify the scope of his personal wrongdoing, now that his father has reinstated him as publisher.

    • Perhaps he could also address the allegations of Liberal involvement in getting this false story published. He would certainly be in a position to know, if anyone bothered to ask him now that he's back at the paper.

    • Perhaps he could also address the allegations of Liberal involvement in getting this false story published, either to confirm or deny them. He would certainly be in a position to know, if anyone bothered to ask him now that he's back at the paper.

      • Yes, that's what a journalist should do, is ask him. Will it be one of his own journalists, or will he give the 'scoop' to a rival media outlet? What was this, a month long holiday for disrespecting the last farewell of a beloved Canadian? He deserves to be under fire for this, for as long as possible. Papparazzi chasing his car, the whole nine yards.

  2. hmmmmm, are there more business deals in the pipeline?

  3. Well, seeing as how Kady went on at some length about what Msgr Henneberry said, in trying to justify the original story, doesn't she owe him an apology as well?

    • Where did she go at length? And how was it justification?

    • How so? She reported what she believed to be an accurate statement. There was no willful wrongdoing. She then pilloried the T-G when it was found out that they misrepresented themselves.

      • Not exactly. I don't think she should apologize for anything either. But she did ask her readers why there was no apology to the priest. And because there was none (at that time, there is now), she used that as the basis for speculation that the apology to the prime minister was not genuine, but was politically motivated.
        At the time, I commented that the lack of an apology to the priest was an indication that the paper continue to lack honesty and integrity, but she dismissed that idea.

  4. There's a flu pandemic on the near horizon, the North American unemployment numbers are expected to be in the double digits by next year, our glorious 'leader' is pleading with Congress to let us in on some of their stimulus money, and we're still talking about *this*! Good grief.

  5. Everyone should come down for the high horses crowding this comment thread. The Irving family is pandering to the Cons – plain and simple.

  6. I withhold further comment on this latest development until Elizabeth May weighs in on it.

  7. This is just Liberal war room stuff. Kill the glow on PMSH when he is representing Canada internationally- after all its MI's only strength. Wafergate for his European sojourn, "Snub" and "bodybags" for his US trip. Let's see what the G20 in PA will bring. It's just disappointing that the msm is so desperate to keep the news machine churning that they pick up this crap.

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