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    Bob LeDrew

    Wow, it must be difficult to stand up at a meeting and say you write opinion for the Ottawa Sun, which has the weakest slate of columnists and editorial writers you could ask for (but why would you?)

    Case in point: the Boxing Day editorial, “How’d Ottawa’s leaders do in 2017?”

    Spoiler alert: we apparently have six leaders. Watson, Fleury, Naqvi, Eugene Melnyk, Guy Laflamme, and Rachel Homan. And nobody got worse than a C.

    Why am I reminded of Roy Thomson’s famous views on the value of editorial content?

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    #742003 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Bob:

    Thank you for this Bob.

    I didn’t know the Sun had different people from the Citizen.

    I just read the Citizen as you can tell because I’m interested in news. Sometimes there are some important stories in there.

    But today, reading the Citizen, we had Mayor Jim Watson reviewing his own Ottawa 2017. Not surprisingly, it was an incredible success. Could not have the Citizen found someone to take a critical look at this festival that left us no lasting legacy except Sodfest Forever.

    Everyone knows about my feelings on Ottawa 2017 — it was an election campaign come early for Watson spending millions upon millions of dollars. Now the Citizen gives him top billing on the op-ed page to say how good it was. Could the paper have not just written a headline that said: “Vote Jim Watson”.

    This is journalism? Critical thought? An objective source of opinion?

    I’ll have more to say about this next week.

    cheers

    kgray

    ps I would give a link to the Watson article but it appears not to be on the Citizen site. Maybe the web editor has pride.

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    #742004 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Bob:

    I just saw the editorial on our leaders.

    The editor has Watson holding that sham of a budget in a photo with the story.

    That pretty much says it all about the article that accompanies it.

    There are times when I wonder about the value of The Bulldog and is it worth spending all this so-called retirement time providing an outlet for an experienced municipal hand like me and a forum for all of you?

    Not today.

    cheers and thx again

    kgray

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    #742014 Reply

    Marre

    Ken said ‘There are times when I wonder about the value of The Bulldog and is it worth spending all this so-called retirement time providing an outlet for an experienced municipal hand like me and a forum for all of you?’
    Personal decision whether to provide this forum or not.
    Interested voters will find a forum somewhere. Perhaps not moderating would ease the load.

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    #742016 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Marre:

    Not moderating is not an option.

    Insurance requires publishers to see material before it goes in. I believe I’ve said this a number of times but perhaps you have missed it.

    I am looking forward to you discussing a real issue rather than focusing your comments each time on The Bulldog.

    It’s very flattering, Marre, but I don’t The Bulldog merits the time you’re putting into it compared to real questions that can be discussed. You appear to have a thing about The Bulldog.

    You might break out and opine on municipal, national or international affairs.

    As well moderating tends to keep comments out of the gutter. Accordingly we can discuss issues in a rational way that no doubt explains The Bulldog’s popularity.

    Some of our traditional publications don’t moderate their comments. As a result, the discussion often reaches abysmally low levels.

    I doubt that readers want to be assaulted by trolls who have agendas that have nothing to do with current affairs.

    cheers

    kgray

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