Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christie Blatchford Smacksdown Fellow Journalists

Christie Blatchford in her column today in the Globe and Mail smacksdown her fellow reporters who crucified her for this earlier piece, on the Afghan prisioner abuse fiasco. Here's what she had to say:

"I am not one of those smart Ottawa reporters who, having suffered through too many Question Periods, know what constitutes torture better than anyone else. Nor am I a mandarin, politician or aide, all of whom have endured the same, plus the practice of jackal journalism, which is what the modern game has become.

So perhaps, when such good people raise their voices, as they did this week, and cry "Torture! Cover-up! Bombshell!", I should simply defer to their greater collective wisdom and yield the floor.

Alas, I am constitutionally unable. Also, for the most part, I think they're blowing smoke out their bums. Besides, since Parliament has now ordered the government to produce thousands of uncensored documents on Afghan detainees, it seems clear that whether officially or through leaks, many of these documents over the coming weeks and months will one way or another be making a public appearance"

To that I say thank-you Christie Blatchford! We need more journalists with the guts like her to report the facts and the truth. I suggest we all email her and tell her thank-you. If you want to contact her, here's how you can do it.