Monday, June 06, 2005

G&M: Expert says tapes altered (or, Buckets has a Dangerfield moment)

Many have pointed out the story in today's Globe and Mail that the tapes were doctored (here:
The recordings initially released by Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal were altered, and it is unlikely that the changes in the tapes he made were caused by digital copying, as the Conservatives have stated, concludes a forensic audio expert employed by The Globe and Mail to examine the controversial recordings.
This all makes me wonder, of course, why the G&M had to pay someone to tell him these tapes were tampered with, while over here at Buckets we were showing exactly what had been changed between different versions (a short example; a long example ).

Why hasn't anyone noticed? (Hello? Anyone out there?)

6 Comments:

Blogger wonderdog said...

This is the "balance" thing at work.

If the papers investigated themselves, and saw the obvious evidence you point to, that would be a sign that they were "biased" because they went looking to add something to the story.

So they have to wait for an expert to say it for them.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous koby said...

See if you can get in touch with Sean Holman at the Vancouver Sun. He will eat this stuff up.

He used to run a website.

http://www.publiceyeonline.com/

theTyee.ca, a small internet paper located out of Vancouver, would probably print an article if you sent them one. A number of well known MSM people publish there.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Kevin Brennan said...

Wonderdog pretty much nails it.

On the other hand, don't feel too bad. A lot of media people read Canadian blogs and pay attention to what we say, even if we don't always get credit for it (I get regular hits from various media groups and I know I'm not the only one). So you can make a difference.

5:04 PM  
Blogger buckets said...

I don't want to publish an article. And I don't (really) care if I get the credit or not. I just think this is a really interesting story. The tapes prove that Grewal lied outright and the Liberals (dare I say it?) were almost telling the truth.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous D. C. Macdonald said...

"... Liberals (dare I say it?) were almost telling the truth."

Be afraid, be very afraid!

Sorry, couldn't resist (Grin). Besides, I owed you one for posting my comment on both your blog and the Progressive Bloggers sites, I damn near had a heart attack when I saw that, never had that happen before.

As for the airport business, all I can do at this point is shake my head in bewilderment. That anyone would be so stupid as to try to get someone to carry on a package and take it to Ottawa in the post 9/11/01 world is something I just can't wrap my head around. That an MP would try to do so is even more baffling, and that an MP under the scrutiny this man has been in since his tapes came out and then the first indications that the tapes released to the Canadian public were altered is blame beyond any comprehension. I can't wait to hear what Air Canada is going to have to say after it's investigation, should make for fascinating material regarding Grewal's character, competence, indeed, his intelligence generally.

5:52 PM  
Blogger buckets said...

"Grewal's character, competence, indeed, his intelligence generally"

It kind of reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry (Tim Murphy) says to George (Grewal): "And you want to be my latex salesman (cabinet minister)!"

5:59 PM  

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