The trouble with OPP Sgt. Cam Woolley's entertaining accounts of high crime on our highways was their one-sidedness. As reported by journalists eager for holiday news, Woolley's colourful road stories, usually swallowed whole, didn't name accused motorway miscreants or quote them directly.
As a result, I wondered if the facts ever got embellished or torqued for dramatic effect. For sure, readers were rarely told what happened later in court.
Energetic press agentry, lazy journalism.
Don Sellar, Port Hope, Ont.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Former Star Ombud says Woolley enabled “lazy journalism”
An interesting letter to the editor in the Toronto Star today from some chap by the name of Don Sellar, which happens to be the name of the last Star Ombudsman (or “Ombud” as the post was known). Sellar took a buyout and retired in early 2005. The Ombud post was superseded by a “Public Editor,” currently Sharon Burnside: