Thursday, March 06, 2008

Tom Clark's foot and the Government's mouth

That it was Sen.Clinton's call to reassure the Canadian government that her attacks on NAFTA were just election rhetoric has not been widely reported. I hope the folks in Ohio think about this when they consider their support. Up here in Canada some members of the media, and the Government have some explaining to do;

"The Canadian Press cited an unnamed source last night as saying that several people overheard the remark.

The news agency quoted that source as saying that Mr. Brodie said that someone from Ms. Clinton'scampaign called and was "telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt."

The story was followed by CTV's Washington bureau chief, Tom Clark, who reported that the Obama campaign, not the Clinton's, had reassured Canadian diplomats.

Mr. Clark cited unnamed Canadian sources in his initial report.

There was no explanation last night for why Mr. Brodie was said to have referred to the Clinton campaign but the news report was about the Obama campaign. CTV president Robert Hurst declined to comment.

The Globe and Mail, March 6, 2008

That this leak was so clumsy speaks to the Government's competence(or lack there of). It constitutes a grave diplomatic error. That it was so misreported is damning to the news agency(CTV) involved. Pehaps Mr. Clark should offer a loud mea culpa.

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