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A self-regulating body that oversees fairness and ethics in the press, the National NewsMedia Council, has issued a formal ruling that a prominent Globe & Mail article on Bombardier was marred by key journalistic flaws and the paper has been ordered to publicly set the record straight.
Today, Bombardier employs more than 69,500 people worldwide, including 23,000 in Canada. This number reflects an increase of almost 3,500 people over last year and puts Bombardier’s total employment around the same level as when we began our five-year turnaround plan in November 2015.
The Globe has every right to make decisions about what they deem newsworthy. But, these decisions reveal much about the paper’s commitment to fairness, balance and objectivity. Moreover, it is a real stretch to see any connection between the company’s use of sales agents and the shareholder proposal for additional disclosure on lobbying activities.
A further story by reporter Geoffrey York on the Gupta investigation again misleads readers about the actual sequence of events at the time the Guptas were vetted for our sale of a business aircraft.
The Globe’s headline warns ominously that “questions are mounting” as to whether Bombardier provided a special discount on the Global 6000 sold to the Gupta company in order to win a portion of a large South African rail contract. The answer to this question is no
Last Friday, the United States International Trade Commission rejected Boeing's complaint. A few days after this victory, Michel Girard, columnist for the Journal de Montréal, published an ill-informed analysis stating that the partnership in which Airbus is to acquire 50.01% of the C Series program was a mistake...
We cannot blame Pierre-Yves McSween for his lack of interest in Bombardier. However, we must underline his slanted view, many speculations and especially his refusal to recognize the progress made by the company since 2015.
A recent follow-up opinion column in the Globe & Mail argues that “Canadian ethics should follow Bombardier wherever it goes.” In that, we emphatically agree and suggest the same standard be applied to coverage of our company. And, we are glad to see that others agree.
Groundbreaking journalism often requires “shoe-leather reporting” – reporters burning holes in their footwear in search of a good story. At the same time, other major stories sit in plain sight but are passed over or ignored.
I grew up in Boston, a life-long Red Sox fan. Like every other fan who endured any part of the franchise’s legendary 86-year title drought, my pain was amplified by the gallons of ink journalists spilled explaining why the franchise was “cursed.” But, when the Red Sox finally won the World Series in 2004, all curse-related conversations were confined to retrospectives… That is to say that when the facts changed, the coverage and commentary rightfully changed.