Tuesday, December 21, 2010

the Moncton TandT, and the fine art of asking questions

The Moncton Times and Trnscript made a good start on Dec. 18. It printed the story that the Moncton City Council had given $750,000 to a private university - and that it has been giving that university 100,000 a year for the last five years. That's more than a little odd. Taxpayers usually support universities through their federal and provincial governments, not rhough city councils.. Funding any religious institution is unusual at any level of government. Still more unusual is doing it in secret. And, perhaps, most unusual is doing  so for an institution that seems flagrantly in violation of the Charter of Human Rights, because it discriminates against homosexuals. I looked forward to the followup to this story.

The followup happens with the assignment editor says, "Wow! There's something odd going on here; and he assigns a reporter to ask some questions. Who asked for the grant? ( I know the grants began five years ago - but we are still left with the questions.) Who asked for this money? For what purpose? Has it been spent for that purpose? Who originally began these grants? Why? Why did the current city council up the ante to $750,000? Why was this done in secret? Who asked for the extra money? What reason was given? Since the city council has now announced its budget, holding the line on tax increases, what got cut to give $750,000 to a religious institution?

To that, we can perhaps add another question. Who told the assignment editor to forget about it?

I add the last question  not only bcause today's Moncton TandT did not mention the story - but also because it ran a front page story and an editorial of praise for the Moncton city council on its careful use of our money.

Obviously, somebody put the heat on. Who was it? Don't hold your breath waiting for The Moncton Tand T to break this story.

1 comment:

  1. Valid points, no question...but did you notice the original story read more like an editorial or a column??? True journalism is in short supply at your favorite newspaper.