CTV News is facing intense criticism after key details in their original story on accusations against Brown were revealed to be false.
Former Ontario PC Party Leader Patrick Brown is suing CTV, after they made a massive mistake (what many are now calling “fake news”) in the report that caused him to lose his job.
Brown made the announcement in a Facebook post.
Here’s part of what Brown said:
“CTV News keeps saying I’m refusing to answer the question of whether my accusers are lying. Hear me loud and clear CTV – the answer is yes!
In the court of public opinion and among the many journalists I’ve spoken to, these allegations are now seen for what they are – fictitious and malicious.
Right now, everyone is asking me two questions: 1) Am I suing CTV? And 2) What are my future plans.
To the first question, the answer is a resounding yes – I am suing CTV.
My lawyers are talking to CTV. Early this week, CTV lawyers agreed to ensure that all emails, texts and other correspondence related to this travesty are held independently for safe keeping.
As for my immediate future, I’m spending lots of time on the phone listening to my colleagues.”
The full post can be seen below:
CTV News had first reported that one of Brown’s accusers was in high school and was under the drinking age. Both details turned out to be false, and now the entire story is being questioned.
In an interesting irony, CTV News is now facing massive backlash on social media – reminiscent of the backlash their story caused Brown to face.
As I wrote earlier, CTV News is now facing a huge credibility crisis, and their reputation lies in tatters among many Canadians.
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