You say Steve Murphy should have acted differently? If you were in Steve Murphy’s shoes now, what would you have (already- it is implied) done about the atrocious continuing attacks regarding his interview with Dion that Steve Murphy hasn’t (yet- it is implied) done? Sue, maybe? Did you understand the question? If not you aren’t of a certain age when such conditional clauses were common to phrase this kind of hypothetical question. It is clear that Steve Murphy is of that certain age and A. Frank Grunt (among other press types who have covered this story ad nauseum) isn’t. The question is perfectly clear to one versed in English usage above a certain level. It might not be to one who was French speaking, but that is another issue. In retrospect, if we were in Dion’s position we would have made sure we had a competent translator handy; his English comprehension isn’t as good as he, or we, thought, but probably as good, it appears, as most reporters in the English Liberal press.
Our question (which we will phrase very, very simply without any conditional clauses) is “what does Frank have against Steve Murphy?” We add as a comment “Your slip is showing“, that slip of bias which is so unbecoming to anyone of style. As a friend of Frank we feel compelled to point it out, just as a relative of ours resigned herself to the certain loss of any bequest by pointing out to a dear elderly aunt that she should pull her legs and skirt together when sitting on a raised platform with TV cameras running.
In Frank’s last issue they devoted 5 or 6 or more pages to Steve Murphy’s supposed “betrayal of journalistic practice”. In this issue it gets almost as much print although it is scattered throughout the magazine. This is not the first time that Frank has gone after Steve.
We will here declare OUR bias. We think that Steve Murphy may have indeed made a mistake and that was in implying -if he did – that the outtakes wouldn’t see the light of day, or that this was within his authority. We believe CTV would have been remiss if they had smothered the re-dos and word of the content had leaked out (which it most certainly would have) especially if it had been withheld until after the election. [Did you understand that complex sentence with the use of a 3rd conditional tense construction?] The loss of a Conservative majority could well have been blamed on this interview cover-up, had it been hidden. Instead, it seems the mainstream press has tried to blame Dion’s loss, at least partly, on the release of the interview re-starts.
For Frank to continue to beat this dead horse seems to imply that they don’t have any other beasts to flog. We are sure there are lots of good stories out there and we look forward to reading them in Frank.