As a charter member of the MSM the Boston Globe has had it’s problems in the past over the veracity of more than a few of it’s stories. Now they are lying about a seal hunt in Canada and assigning blame to a “freelance” writer. Here is a portion of the Google cached page of the 13 April Globe story.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Over the vigorous protests of international animal-welfare organizations, the largest seal hunt in a half-century resumed yesterday off Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hunters on about 300 boats converged on ice floes, shooting harp seal cubs by the hundreds, as the ice and water turned red. Most of the seals were less than 6 weeks old.
If all goes as planned, 220,000 seals, the federal government quota for the Newfoundland hunt, will be killed within a day or two. This year’s limit is 320,000. Another 90,000 were killed recently during a hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Note how the piece is written, as if the event has commenced and poor helpless seals are bleeding all over the Canadian tundra. Well not so, here is the Globe retraction, a full 2 days later.
Editor’s Note: An article by a freelance writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Wednesday’s Globe said that the season’s hunt for baby seals off Newfoundland had begun the previous day. In fact, the hunt did not begin that day; it was delayed by bad weather, and is scheduled to begin today, weather permitting.
The article included details of the day’s hunt as if it had taken place and without attribution or other sourcing, as if the writer had witnessed the scene personally. Details included the number of hunters, a description of the scene, and the approximate age of the cubs.
The author’s failure to accurately report the status of the hunt and her fabrication of details at the scene are clear violations of the Globe’s journalistic standards. Because the freelancer was not reporting from the scene, Globe editors should have demanded attribution for any details she provided about the hunt itself. The story should not have been published in the Globe, and the Globe has discontinued use of the freelancer.
To the Globe’s credit they claim to have severed ties to the writer, but why did this take two days to respond to? It also makes me believe the same “editors” and “fact checkers” were used here that “worked” on the many lies published in support of John Kerry and to denigrate the Swift Boat Veterans.
I also wonder why they still have a job!