Thursday, June 02, 2005

Conservative clarification issued

I'm not sure if this is real, but the conservatives have issued a clarification and a few corrections to their transcripts. This may not be the last such correction. (Frankly, I've noticed dozens of minor discrepancies like this--the editing of the transcript, as I've complained before, is very sloppily done.)

Update: the CBC has a story on the Conservative clarificiation.


Blogger wonderdog said...

What I'm trying to figure out is what that clarification actually means, if anything. I'm not sure that it actually addresses the problems.

I think it's more an attempt to take advantage of the fact that few people will follow up on it.

12:10 AM  
Blogger Mark Francis said...

That's what I've been wondering. I stole it and posted it on my site for posterity.

It's also a weird press release: Letterhead? Contact name? both not there.

I used to work in media relations writing... wait for it... press releases. This press release looks like it could be from anyone.

Couldn't find it yet on the CPC site or Grewal's site.

12:13 AM  
Blogger buckets said...

Thanks WD and Mark (love both your blogs, btw). Yes, I'm a little suspicious of it. One thing about it that rings true to me is that the kinds of mistakes that it corrects seem to lurk everywhere in these transcripts. Listen to the tapes and follow along in the transcripts. What you'll hear is little pops followed by solecisms and non sequiturs--I'm sure I've found eight or ten. These are, I suspect, other places where there are edits.

12:53 AM  
Blogger andym said...

do you think that we'll ever get the complete, no-spin story on this? or is it all just pre-election fodder? Great site, though. Thanks for all of your hard work!

6:10 AM  
Blogger buckets said...

Welcome, andym. 'Complete, no spin story'? No. There is no such thing of a no-spin version of any story, really. But this is truer of these tapes than most events, since the conversations that are recorded are impossible to understand without an interpretive narrative. That interpretative narrative is 'spin'.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

So let me get this straight, the CPC had these tapes for 14 days, yet only translated 15 minutes of Punjabi, did THAT incorrectly and then had trouble transfering the tape contents to CD and these "technical glitches" account for sounds that professional sound engineers and forensic scientists say are quite clearly edits (and I have some experience in this as well - they sound like bad edits to me too)?

Yeah, right. Buckets, keep it up. No amount of "technical glitches" can account for the types of patterns shown by the forsensic expert hired by the CBC. The fact that you have found at least 8 other places shows how unbelievable this is. This stinks and I can't believe the CPC is sticking with this nutter. Ok, maybe I can, and that is sad.

Next time some CPC apologist asks why Ontario consistantly sticlks with the Liberals, despite the Gomery testimony, just show them a picture of Grewal.

BTW, Don't for get to play in the Grewal Pool!

9:13 AM  

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