Alain Gravel, Get Off My Boat
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Alain Gravel, Get Off My Boat

Montreal : Canada | Aug 28, 2010 at 8:50 AM PDT
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Radio-Canada journalist Alain Gravel is the subject of an invasion of privacy and defamation lawsuit for attacking the reputations of Montreal's power players. Mr. Gravel alleged in various articles that politicians and union organizations have strong ties with entrepreneurs in Quebec.

Mr. Gravel essentially engaged in a year-long tirade to point out pseudo conflicts of interest in Canada's power elite in tandem with La Presse journalist André Noël.

With massive oil spill unfolding exponentially while the BP public relations machine tries to make the public forget about this environmental catastrophe, which we should all keep at the forefront of our minds, you would think journalists like Alain Gravel would have bigger fish to fry on today's oceans, but apparently not. The Canadian press remains obsessed with Montreal businessmen's private lives.

Irresponsible journalism such as the above-cited examples illustrated by Radio-Canada and its staff (Gravel never even completed his college degree, which he might want to after he's finished in court) is hazardous not only to the reputations of the people they attack, but also to the industry of journalism itself.

Instead of focusing on the "construction crisis" in Canada that Mr. Gravel continues to drone on and on about, perhaps we should turn our attention to the "journalism crisis" at Radio-Canada.

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