** UPDATED below the main story:
There are again, some serious issues with media reporting accurate information when relaying what happened in the accident involving the mayor in April of 2010.
CBC online ran this story this evening, with a clip from the CBC evening news, showing the photos of both vehicles and again, stating that the mayors vehicle was broadsided at a stop light. Meera Bains is the reporter, and one wonders if CBC actually even looked at those photos – which clearly show another story altogether – or confirmed details with the mayor or RCMP. Certainly the mayor herself has not been eager to correct the media’s inaccurate reports over the last year. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/08/09/bc-dianne-watts-news-conference.html
This comes after The Province was asked to correct recent reports that also indicated the mayor was hit and a ” For the Record.” was printed in a later edition correcting the story. A reporter from The Vancouver Sun who printed inaccurate information relating to that 2010 accident refused to reply to a reader who asked for the source of her information and a correction.
Why does this matter you may ask? Because this latest report clearly focused not only on Watts recovery, but also campaign plans for the fall. And the media’s continual failure to get the story right, or even report the fact the mayor of one of largest cities is being sued in civil court with alarming allegations, is a slap in the face of the profession itself.
In particular from the CBC.
It is news anytime a mayor is being sued for anything, let alone an accident in which so much conflicting information was being given for so long. The mayors car was not broadsided, the mayor hit the other vehicle involved. The details of that lawsuit can be seen here : https://lailayuile.com/2011/07/26/surrey-mayor-dianne-watts-named-as-defendant-in-civil-suit-relating-to-2010-car-accident/
I have contacted Meera Bains and the CBC asking where she/ they confirmed the details reported in the story and that they re-check their source, and that a followup be run with the correct version.
** update 10:30 am.
While CBC has not printed a retraction or made note of their error to clarify their mistake to readers, the online version of the above story has now been altered to read ” injuries sustained in car crash”, rather than ” when her vehicle was broadsided at a stop light”.
Neither a CBC staff member or the reporter involved have stated where the incorrect information was obtained that was reported in the evening news, nor have they edited out or aired a correction to the 2:38 minute clip at the above link, which shows both vehicles and the erroneous statements about who hit who in the accident.
CBC staff have been asked to air a correction to the story, and edit the story that is still posted on that link above, however since they have not, nor have they responded further, I have filed a formal complaint with the CBC Ombudsman.
*update April 14th, 2012 –
|Lawsuit against Surrey mayor going to court next year
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4/14/2012A lawsuit against Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is going to court next year.Shawnene Redekopp is suing the mayor after the two were involved in a car crash.In April 2010, Watts and her husband were heading home from a work event when their SUV collided with Redekopp’s vehicle at 128th Street and 24th Avenue.All three were taken to hospital.Police at the time said alcohol was not a factor.There have been conflicting reports on who had the green light and who t-boned who.Redekopp is suing the mayor for driving without due care, among other allegations — which have not been proven in court.
The matter is set to go to trial in October 2013.
****UPDATE APRIL 27th, 2014: Documents entered to the Supreme Court of British Columbia on February 25th, 2014, indicate the liability trial has been adjourned – the matter was settled by mediation.