Musings —03.28.2017 07:39 AM—
Here’s the Toronto Star:
Ontario’s minister for the status of women is taking Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown to task for appearing in a luncheon speaker series arranged by the men-only Cambridge Club.
And here’s the Ottawa Citizen:
The Cambridge Club is not where Brown is to speak. He’s speaking at a restaurant attached to the Toronto Athletic Club, which is a different club, in a different building, with a different clientele. It’s a corporate cousin to the Cambridge Club — it is part of the “Cambridge Group of Clubs” — but it is not the Cambridge Club. And the restaurant, though affiliated with the club, is public.
Confused? You’re not alone.
It appears Brown is not speaking at a “men’s only club,” contrary to what the Star seems to be claiming. It’s “affiliated.”
A couple lessons, here.
One, a war room – and I ran all three of Dalton McGuinty’s – needs to always be scrupulously accurate. When criticizing an opponent, there’s no room for error. The OLP war room made one. Read the Citizen report.
Two, alternate facts aren’t just an American phenomenon. The Star story creates the impression Brown is hanging out in a men-only club, when in fact he simply isn’t. It is misleading. The Star can decide for itself if it is deliberately misleading, but I won’t hold my breath for any in-print autopsy.
Kellyanne Conway, come on up! All is forgiven.