Toronto Star is above reproach


This is the response from the Toronto Star Editorial Staff to a fellow anti-wind fighter. 
From the tone of this e-mail it doesn't appear as though 
one counts for much when you live in rural Ontario.  

Dear Mr. Stephens:
The "community" I am referring to is the Star's community of readers.
Given that the Star is considered "the voice of the GTA" this would be
the community of readers in Toronto and the Greater Toronto area.
Certainly, many people in many communities would disagree with the views
put forward in this editorial opinion (as will any editorial). That is
their prerogative, as it is yours.
I will not be taking any further action on this editorial; nor will I be
providing you will "verification' of the research done by the Star's
editorial board as that is certainly not our practise.
I think the arguments put forward in the editorial speak for themselves
and it is beyond the scope of my role to question the conclusions drawn
in Star editorials.
As I told you, an editorial is an opinion based on the editorial board's
interpretation of the facts at hand. While you may hold another opinion
I see no value in our debating these facts. I am not going to change
your mind about this issue and the Star's editorial board is not likely
to reverse its position on this issue at this point in time.
Regards,
Kathy English

Kathy

From Mr. Stephens:

I would like you to verify the research done and the content of the
research.

"This editorial view was arrived at after much research, thought and
debate by members of the Star's editorial board, a group of six
journalists, under the direction of Editorial Page Editor Ian Urquhart,
who are charged with the responsibility of determining and expressing
the Star's position on important matters affecting our community.
Because editorials represent the institutional voice of the newspaper,
they are never signed by the individuals who write them".  

I would also like someone to explain who's community the article is
referring to.
I know many people, in many communities who would strongly disagree with
the position of the editorial board of the Toronto Star, including the
senior policy adviser for the Ministry of Energy and the ex-CEO of the
OPA.

I have invited the Provincial govt. to go through the information on my
site and point out any inaccuracies. To date, even though they are on my
site daily, they have never questioned or requested any changes.
I therefore request that your editorial staff go through my site as
well.

I want to know how they came to their conclusions.

The editorial board must be able to justify their position or it could
be considered propaganda.

Public Editor, The Toronto Star wrote: 

Dear Mr. Stephens:
Thank you for taking time to voice your views about the Star's editorial
"Windmills vs. NIMBYism."
This editorial is not a news report. It represents the views of the
Star's editorial board on the cancellation of a $300 million wind farm
that would have brought green power to Ontario. It expresses the Star's
considered opinion that this cancellation is a casualty of a provincial
planning system that does not represent the best interests of all Ontarians.
This editorial view was arrived at after much research, thought and
debate by members of the Star's editorial board, a group of six
journalists, under the direction of Editorial Page Editor Ian Urquhart,
who are charged with the responsibility of determining and expressing
the Star's position on important matters affecting our community.
Because editorials represent the institutional voice of the newspaper,
they are never signed by the individuals who write them.
Good editorials should provide leadership by taking a strong position on
difficult issues, as I think this editorial has effectively done. This
is of course a divisive issue with many perspectives and we don't expect
all readers will agree with the Star's view.    We encourage our readers to express their views as well.
May I suggest you send in a letter to the editor for publication consideration? 
The email is lettertoed@thestar.ca <mailto:lettertoed@thestar.ca>
<mailto:lettertoed@thestar.ca>. Letters must include your full name,
 address, phone number (for verification purposes). Only your name and city will be published. 
Letters run from 50 - 150 words and the letter editor reserves the right to edit letters.
You may also wish to post your comment online in response to this
editorial at http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/519708. I notice
that there are now  52 comment posted, with many points of view reflected.
Thank you for taking time to express your views.

Best Regards,
Kathy English
Public Editor
The Toronto Star
416 869-4950
1 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON
M5E1E6

        ________________________________
Sir or Madam:
Oct 20th the Star published an editorial titled Windmills vs.Nimbyism.

I called the Star to inquirer why no writer's name appear on the article.
I was told the article came from the editorial board of the Star.
I was also told that the editorial reflected the policy of the paper.
I find this very disturbing as it is without fact and is nothing more
than a piece of cheap propaganda.
This is not an isolated incident but appears to be normal procedure for
the Star.
When a paper such as the Star allows itself to become a mouth piece for
an interest group, it has ceased to be relevant as a trustworthy news
source.
What is difference between the National Enquirer type rag and the Star? 
The absolute lack of respect shown for citizens of Ont. is outrageous.
Please investigate this article and articles by Tyler Hamilton.
Link to Windmills vs. Nimbyism
http://windfarms.wordpress.com/2008/10/20/windmills-vs-nimbyism-toronto-
star-propagandist-for-the-wind-industry/
That happened to - seek and report the truth?
This is a serious breach of trust.

I have left several messages at the editorial board without a reply.
Is Nimby the new "N" Word
        http://windfarms.wordpress.com/2008/03/19/nimby-nigger/

 

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